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GT4 makes history with massive launch

SCEE claims that the launch of Gran Turismo 4 is the biggest game ever released on Europe for PS2, with more than 3 million units shipping on day one.

SCEE has confirmed this morning that 3.2 million copies of Gran Turismo 4 have shipped to retailers ahead of the game's launch today in Europe, making it the most sizeable debut for any PS2 game in the territory.

Massively anticipated, the fourth instalment of the "real driving simulator" has been dogged by serious delays and comes to market without promised online play, but is certain to cement its position as the most important PlayStation brand in existence with its 700 cars and stupefying depth.

"I am delighted by the enthusiasm for Gran Turismo 4," said Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of the GT series and apparently the new Lord of Understatement.

Yamauchi is currently in the UK for the launch of the game, as Europe buys more Gran Turismo units than any other area in the world.

Those wanting to learn more about GT4 should check out our sister site Eurogamer's extensive launch coverage - the in-depth review, a feature on the photo mode and a look into what the scrapped online mode was going to be like.

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Tom Bramwell: Tom worked at Eurogamer from early 2000 to late 2014, including seven years as Editor-in-Chief.