How big does Sony expect Gran Turismo 5: Prologue to be? Well, once it releases this week in Japan, they're really anticipating quite the explosion, both in online Store downloads and regular retail purchases.
According to a Google translation from this Japanese website , Sony is hoping to see around 50,000 downloads during the first week Prologue is available on the PlayStation Store, and a few hundred thousand (400,000, if we're reading that translation correctly) in total Blu-Ray retail sales. Those are optimistic numbers, to be sure, but bear in mind one thing- Gran Turismo may be even bigger in Japan than it is here, which officially makes the franchise a mega-blockbuster in the land of the Rising Sun. The retail version of the demo will go for 4,980 yen while the downloadable version will cost 4,500 yen…we'll hopefully be seeing our version on February 19, provided recent reports are accurate.
Of course, you won't have to wait to get our impressions on this massive demo masquerading as a full title; we should have our thoughts on the Japanese Gran Turismo 5: Prologue not long after its release. European gamers may have to wait even longer for this product, as it doesn't arrive in the PAL regions until March, so make sure you read our mini-review!
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5: Prologue