The racing simulation game, which costs 6,800 yen ($98) and was one of the most eagerly awaited titles for the PlayStation 2 console, went on sale last Saturday at the beginning of a three-day weekend in Japan. The game, which got its first public preview when the console was launched, was originally scheduled to go on sale in late 2000, but release was delayed so more work could be done on the software.
Between its launch in February 2000 and the end of March 2001, SCEI has sold 4.7 million PlayStation 2 consoles in Japan, the company said last week, making the 1 million sales for the new title all the more impressive. Total domestic game sales in the same period have reached 17 million. For the current year to the end of March 2002, SCEI predicts total game shipments will reach around 35 million units.
SCEI said it plans to put the game on sale in the US, where it had sold 3 million consoles by the end of March, in June and in Europe, where sales had reached 2.9 million units, before the end of 2001.