Interview with Kazunori Yamauchi on GT5s Budget, Release and More

At the SEMA auto-show, Kazunori Yamauchi spoke about upcoming Gran Turismo 5 giving away many new details on the highly anticipated racer.

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JOLLY13272d ago (Edited 3272d ago )

That shouldn't be too hard for them to make back. 1 million units @ $60. That really isn't bad at all. Yes, I realize there is more to it than that. I am just trying to dumb it down for some people.

Fishy Fingers3272d ago

They (Sony) don't make anything close to $60 per game sold, but yeah, shouldnt have a problem making that back with some healthy profit thrown in for good measure. That's actually less than I would of thought, considering the time and effort put into it, plus all the other stuff that goes with a game that contains copyrighted material (lot's of checks).

thedisagreefairy3272d ago

sales for this game.

and from past iterations, i think they are right

Maddens Raiders3272d ago (Edited 3272d ago )

actually 60 million is pretty modest for a venture like this. But on the other hand, yes you are right, I am sure they are expecting a really nice payday for this one and it will pretty much go for them (sales wise) the way all GT's have -- through the roof.

gaffyh3272d ago

Sony will easily make back this investment, in game sales, as well as console sales, and in turn other game sales.

cmrbe3272d ago

The demo alone sold 4 million without any ads that i know of. GT5 will sell at least 13 million when all is said and done.

For those that just game this gen. GT is HUGE!!!.

Bathyj3272d ago

Rambo III cost $60M to make.

I wonder which will be the better product.

Saaking3272d ago (Edited 3272d ago )

And it shows. GT5 will be the KING of racing sims in BOTH quality and sales. No competition from ANYBODY

Chubear3272d ago

lol, I remember Final Fantasy using up 50mill back in the day.

StanLee3272d ago

Gran Tourismo games consistently sell upwards of 10 million units. This is the safest investment in an IP Sony could ever make.

heroicjanitor3272d ago

When are they going to release it? From what I hear God of War 3, Heavy Rain and Gran Turismo 5 are all releasing in March... At least one will be delayed, and I can't see Gran Turismo being delayed because in terms of sales, it is the big daddy. So I wonder when God of War 3 and Heavy Rain will release? Just asking this question is amazing.. Noone can picture any other platform holder having a AAA release schedule as tightly packed as this :)

WildArmed3272d ago

my reaction was like: Thats it?
Considering the crazy amount of details n negociations between PD n car companies i expected alot more. ButI'm illiterate about how the gaming industry works xD

beardpapa3272d ago (Edited 3272d ago )

Putting VGchartz news article aside... i think

is more news worthy than $60m production costs...


"There are three factors which determine what cars are included: the cars that Yamauchi wants to be in it, the cars that players want, and the cars the manufacturers want. Manufacturers have offered to pay to have their vehicles included, but Polyphony Digital has never accepted any money. Instead, they work together with the other companies which usually develops “into a relationship where we collaborate to raise the level of the game”

from that article. I think a sentence from that would've made a better headline.

presto7173272d ago

And I'm pretty sure it will sell more than 1 million in the first week. I really cant wait for this.

Microsoft Xbox 3603272d ago

GT5P already paid for the development. It's all profit from here on out for PD and Sony.

ReservoirDog3163272d ago

Haha, you sound like Turn 10.

That was a joke.

TotalPS3Fanboy3272d ago (Edited 3272d ago )


See, Turn 10 had to pay car manufaturers to put their cars in Forza 3.
Meanwhile, car manufaturers had to pay PolySony Digital to put their cars in GT5.

When you're The King, car manufaturers pay you to advertise their cars.

TotalPS3Fanboy3272d ago (Edited 3272d ago )

Yamauchi: "...It's a little bit different from what a simulator is. You can feel it when you drive it..."

sikbeta3272d ago

I see to much disagrees lol

They can spent that amount of money because they now how amazing this franchise sell


The bubble system is use to shut someone up, right? We can't have an agree/disagree option and when you reach an amount of disagrees you get banned or something, because is really stupid try to have the bubbles when a fanboy/douche don't like your post and start to take off

And there is no other way to check the PM box, PM are gay lol

Xgamerzus3272d ago (Edited 3272d ago )

Healthy numbers!! for a Game of this calibur!Throw all the Money at it! and resources!!
Till this day nothing matches the visual bliss and fidelity that GT5 opening sequences and gameplay offer at true 1080p.
This is a justification to owning an HDTV or eve PS3.
The day these games start hitting 100 milion a game that is when Hollywood has met its match and Id rather play a 20 hours long game than a 2 hour movie anytime with visuals this stunning.

Kleptic3272d ago

I honestly thought it would be a bit higher...killzone 2 was not far off $60 million also...the tech in both games is what makes up the biggest expense more or less...

but yeah...PD and Sony will not have trouble making that money back relatively quickly...

mastiffchild3272d ago

A chunk of the GT dev cash is tied up/paid for by the car manyfacturers isn't it? I thought that was the reason behind damage being such an issue but only for GT, no?

And aren't the recent estimates for KZ2 a fair bit lower than this? I thought it was around the $25-30 million mark at the latest count, no?

Also, IIRC, arne't there a few good advertising deals for trackside advertising in GT games? Can't recall where I've read it as it was about GT4 so a long while ago but I imagine the same is true of this game too. Whatever, I doubt very much that it's cost Sony 60 mill to mke of their own cash.

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labaronx3272d ago

wouldn't the 4 million ($40) copies of GT5 prologue, have already eliminated the cost in this case?!!!!

zoks3103272d ago

They should have made $160 million from GT5:P, divide that 3 ways and Sony is left with 53 million of pure profit. And that was just the demo.

DaChinPin3272d ago

Why do they have to split it 3 ways?

mastiffchild3272d ago

I'm guessing he means between Sony as publisher, PD as developer and the cut for the retailers/storage facilities/distributors(physic al media on planes, trains and trucks)all lumped together as the third way. That's what I thought of what he said anyway.

TwistedMetal3272d ago

also when gt5 hit they will sell even more and make even more profit with dlc and such only adding more.

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DonCorneo3272d ago (Edited 3272d ago )

it's also an investment for GT6

what's the update on flopza sales? did it even sell 500k?

cmrbe3272d ago

made the mistake of not putting guns on Froza cars. If they did it would have sold alot better.

Saaking3272d ago

Flopza FAILED. hahahaahahahahaha!!!

cmrbe3272d ago

shows how much Sony respect PD,GT and PS fans.

sabestar3272d ago

LOL at the fact that GT6 is already confirmed. Glad to know ps3 owners (including me of course) will be enjoying a lot of Gran Turismo this gen (counting in GT psp)