Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo Sport launched exclusively for the PS4 back on October 18th. It was met with mixed reactions, but generally, reviews were a bit favorable, with most just citing some standout flaws that the game had due to changes in the formula from past Gran Turismo entries. Polyphony is addressing some of these changes with big new updates. Did the reviews have an effect on sales? It appears that Japanese gamers weren’t too fond of the changes and thus fewer people ended up buying GT Sport physically at launch compared to 2013’s Gran Turismo 6 for PS3. But what about digital sales?
Famitsu has released a report which shows the top-ten highest-selling digital games in Japan for the month of October. Data was collected from September 25th to October 29th. This means that Gran Turismo Sport’s data comes in at about 11 days. Within that time, the game sold 35,401 digital copies. This put it at number 4 on the list, which is decent enough. Dualshockers mentioned that combining the digital numbers with the physical sales put the result at 189,048 units in total for the first 11 days on the market, which is lower than GT6 that had 204,784 units sold in the same timeframe.
Perhaps the new updates from Polyphony will convince more people to buy the game. Or, maybe the damage really has already been done. We’ll have to wait and see how the game performs over the course of the remainder of the year onward.