It was in December 1997 when Gran Turismo 1 was released for the Play Station 1 and since then more than 90 million units have been sold worldwide, making it the most popular driving game of all.
Today the Polyphony Digital simulator created by Kazunori Yamauchi turns 25 and celebrates it with an emotional video, where it is clear how much it has evolved. And it is that if the first Gran Turismo had 140 cars and 11 circuits; the recently launched Gran Turismo 7 -for Play Station 4 and 5- has more than 420 models and more than 90 tracks.
Numbers that will be constantly growing thanks to continuous updates. In fact, Gran Turismo 6 came to have a catalog of more than 1,200 cars and more than 100 circuits.
Beyond the virtual world, Gran Turismo has given rise to the GT Academy, a pilot school that brought the best virtual drivers to real competitions between 2008 and 2016. As is the case of Jann Mardenborough, whose story will tell the film about video games that will be released next year.
In addition, for several years there are many brands that have designed specific models for Gran Turismo. All of them carry the surname Vision Gran Turismo and can be driven in the video game. The last of them is the one prepared by Ferrari.
“I am very happy that we are celebrating our 25th anniversary since the first launch of the Gran Turismo series. In 1992, Gran Turismo was the first project plan I created out of about 100 others I came up with when I started my career in this industry, so it means a lot to me,” Yamauchi said.
“I think the Gran Turismo series has always pursued ‘beauty’. The beauty of the cars, the beauty of the scenery, the beauty of the lighting, the beauty of the driving, the beauty of the sounds/music and the beauty of the graphics. The “quest for beauty” is the motivation to create Gran Turismo”, he adds.