Gran Turismo 4 Prologue (グランツーリスモ4プロローグ, guran tsūrisumo 4 purorōgu) is racing video game of the Gran Turismo series for Sony PlayStation 2 which is published by Polyphony Digital. It was released on December 4, 2003 in Japan and Southeast Asia, January 15, 2004 in Korea, and May 26, 2004 in Europe. For undisclosed reasons, the game was not released in the North American market.
This short version title preceded the release of the full-length version, Gran Turismo 4 in 2004 and was eventually followed by Gran Turismo 5 Prologue in 2007.
As Gran Turismo 4 was intended to be released in time for the worldwide 2003 Christmas release but was delayed, in consolation, Polyphony brought out Gran Turismo 4 Prologue as a sneak preview (including a documentary bonus disc in Europe) to the full experience of Gran Turismo 4.
Though it was necessary to limit the number of cars and courses included, this product still included some of the main features of the Gran Turismo franchise such as races, time attack and license tests. The sneak preview also expressed the latest technology Polyphony Digital had accumulated over the past two years. Featuring 50 of GT4's then-planned 500 cars as well as five courses, this expanded demo was designed as a stop-gap until the complete version was released.
The game includes a Driving School (License Tests), Free Run and Time Attack as well as early version of some circuits, like the New York track which was modified in the full version. This game is similar to Gran Turismo 3 because the themes for the tune up area, dealership, home, license tests, championship victory, race menu, race start, and race end all come from GT3.
Releases and PackagesEdit
In Japan a limited "Signature Edition" featuring the signature of the series producer Kazunori Yamauchi on the front cover package preceded the release of the regular edition. The regular edition was also bundled with a Ceramic White PlayStation 2 console in a Christmas limited package called the "PlayStation Racing Pack", and was released in Japan on December 4, 2003.
The PAL version of the game also bears the signature of Kazunori Yamauchi beneath a written introduction to the game reading
"GT4 "Prologue" is an exclusive 'Advanced Skills School' designed with the most ambitious drivers in mind. It provides an opportunity to prepare for the imminent challenge of GT4 - an essential test-drive for potential champions."
The game also includes a "Making Of" DVD and a "Driver's Guide" with a rough diagram of the Nürburgring Nordschleife near the back.
The same package was included in the Platinum re-release, even though it was intended to be supplied only in the standard edition. The DVD was later included in the limited Gran Turismo 4 "Special DVD Set" released in Japan on December 28, 2004.
By August 5, 2004, the game was re-issued bearing the 'PlayStation 2 The Best' frame and 'Greatest Hits' mark in Japan and the 'Platinum' frame in Europe.
As of April 30, 2008, Gran Turismo 4 Prologue has shipped 790,000 copies in Japan, 410,000 in Europe, and 160,000 in Asia (which includes 110,000 in Southeast Asia and 50,000 in Korea) for a total of 1.37 million copies.