Gran Turismo 6 was announced just yesterday, and suddenly the countdown to Holiday 2013 is more fevered than ever.
But even as one of the most popular franchises of all-time, we’re willing to bet that you can still learn about The Real Driving Simulator. From development processes and hidden cars, here are five things that you didn’t know about the Gran Turismo series.
At Least 16 GT Games Exist
You wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that only six Gran Turismo games have been released so far; they make up the vast number of the franchise’s sales, after all. However, these games make up less than half of the GT games that Polyphony Digital has put out.
According to Polyphony Digital’s Wikipedia page, there have been 16 different releases, several of them different offshoots of Gran Turismo 4. That’s barely scratching the surface, though — check out this guy’s massive GT collection. On top of an insane amount of memorabilia, he owns over 100 different Gran Turismo games, including retail demos and press versions. Egad, man.
There Was a Porsche in GT3
The inclusion of Porsche — or lack thereof, rather — has been one of the most notable aspects of Gran Turismo since the original game. Instead, Polyphony Digital has had to include Ruf, a company that implements their own chassis into Porsche bodies.
However, there was going to be a Porsche in Gran Turismo 3 — a 911 GT3, just like series creator Kazunori Yamauchi drives in real life. When EA snapped up the exclusive rights to the Porsche license the car had to be removed. The code for the car is still on the disc, though, and is still accessible with the right tools — check it out at the 2:37 mark in the video above.
Gran Turismo is More Popular Than Halo
When Gran Turismo 6 was formally announced, Sony also noted that the franchise has sold over 70 million units in its 15 years. For reference, that is more than Ratchet & Clank (25m), God of War (21m), and Uncharted (17m) — combined.
Even more of an eye-opener is that it has sold more than some of the competition’s heaviest hitters as well. Microsoft’s Halo has sold 46 million games since its launch alongside the original Xbox in 2001. If Gran Turismo being slightly older than Halo bugs you, how about this: Gran Turismo’s 70 million matches the 25-year-old Legend of Zelda.