Sony PS2 Gran Turismo 4 races past 3 mln mark

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Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced that the highly anticipated racing game Gran Turismo 4, launched in Cyprus last week, has set a new, all-time Day One record for PlayStation2 software, shipping 3,182,535 units across PAL territories.

In addition to the standalone software version, Gran Turismo 4 is also available as a part of a bundle featuring the newly designed slimline PlayStation 2.

The game follows its highly successful predecessors, Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo 2 and Gran Turismo 3 A-spec, and the GT series has collectively sold more than 38 mln units worldwide.

“The reaction to Gran Turismo 4 from retailers across PAL territories has exceeded even our high expectations,” said David Reeves, President, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “This Day One number reflects the popularity and broad appeal of the series – not only with seasoned GT buyers but with driving fans, motoring enthusiasts and casual gamers alike. We expect Gran Turismo 4 to become the “must-have” title for anyone who owns a PlayStation 2 or anyone thinking about purchasing one.”

Gran Turismo 4 offers drivers the ultimate ride, with over 700 cars, more than 50 race tracks, new music, new manager and photo modes, better-than-real-life graphics and enhanced simulation. Built with, and tested against, the real cars, real circuits and real test drivers, every car in the GT4 paddock performs, handles, sounds and behaves exactly like its metal equivalent, from the Aston Martin DB9 Coupe, Audi Le Mans Quattro, Nissan 350Z or Ford GT to the Mercedes SLR McLaren.

Gibareio Ltd., sole official distributor of all Sony gaming products (PSone, PlayStation2, PSP) launched Gran Turismo 4 during a celebration event at the Heaven Lounge and Cafe Bar at Galaxias Centre in Nicosia last Wednesday.

The event coincided with GT4’s international release and allowed for a test drive of the game as well as a competition that gave away two versions of GT4.

Gran Turismo 4 retails for CYP 34.95.