Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec breaks industry records.
With an initial shipment of one million units to the US, Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec has been hailed the most successful launch game ever. Since its release on July 10, GT3 has passed all other games in history, an incredible feat for a system only nine months into the market. With the previous Gran Turismo titles being the best-selling racing franchise to date, GT3 has successfully transferred to Sony's next-generation console. Also, even more than outright sales, this shows the incredible commitment to the Playstation 2, and outlines what is in store for the future.
"With an initial product shipments of over one million units, Gran Turismo 3 A-spec broke all internal production records out of the gate exceeding even our high expectations for the product," said Jack Tretton, senior vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "This unprecedented demand demonstrates the popularity and broad appeal of Gran Turismo 3 A-spec, and reinforces the fact that millions of consumers are making PlayStation 2 their first choice in entertainment systems. We expect that, like the two Gran Turismo titles before it, Gran Turismo 3 will become a mainstay on the top of sales charts and drive hardware sales along with it, further broadening the PlayStation 2 demographic user base to mass market levels."
"Sony Computer Entertainment has truly set a precedent with Gran Turismo 3 A-spec," said Pete Roithmayr, vice-president, Electronics Boutique. "In the week since its release, this highly-anticipated title has performed even better than we had expected. Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec is the fastest-selling PlayStation 2 software title at Electronics Boutique since the launch of the system last October."
"Consumer demand for Gran Turismo 3 A-spec has been astounding," said Dan DeMatteo, chief operating officer, GameStop, Inc. "Throughout our stores nationwide, we sold more units of Gran Turismo 3 A-spec on its first day of release than any other game in our corporate history, and the title continues to fly off shelves at an unparalleled rate."
Also, if you didn't already know, the PS2 is the best selling new console of all time, and Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec should be a must-buy for almost all owners. With the sheer number of households the PS2 has obtained, GT3 is almost surely to follow. Continue to expect extremely high sales with GT3, as it is 10 days into release.
7/20/2001 Matt Stensrud