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Well, we can put all the rumor-mongering to rest. Reader Larry Spector emailed us this morning with confirmation that Gran Turismo 5 will hit the shelves (and obliterate the productivity of thousands of PS3 owners) on December 29. Is Larry a sneaky Sony employee? Nope, he's a regular Amazon user like the rest of us, and today, GT5 showed up as a Gold Box item for him. The pre-order page now features the release date, so wives, girlfriends, and other assorted family members expecting holiday togetherness can now formally make plans to leave us alone as we spiral into full-on, anti-social gamer mode the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Though, we have to say -- releasing the game before Christmas might have been the smart move, guys. Regardless, order's been placed. What're you waiting for?

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      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys need to start reading gtplanet.net....

      There's no release date yet, and Amazon or anywhere else don't know it either...
      • 5 Years Ago
      the release date isn't official till the Tokyo game show next week. This is a good guess though
      • 5 Years Ago
      I´ll buy my PS3 when I see the GT5 in the shelves, not before!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The real date will be announced at Tokyo Show - Sept. 25 by Polyphony.
      • 5 Years Ago
      about time, this game was starting to look like the Lexus LF-A in terms of coming to market lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not on amazon.ca yet...for PSP, but not PS3.
      • 5 Years Ago
      but i want it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      lazy bloody programmers!
      • 5 Years Ago
      'i.c. weiner' is absolutely right, I'll take his word over yours anyday, Autoblog. You're not even a real person! You Website! God Dammit!
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Clearly some folks here are not familiar with the video game sales business. Amazon and the like have to put a date there in order to get people to cough up pre-order cash.

      Don't believe ANY date that doesn't come from the game publisher.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a looong time Gran Turismo fan, I have this to say...."I'll believe that date when I see the game on the shelf".

      Polyphony is notorious for pushing games back. If it says Dec. 25th, we probably won't see it till March or April of 2010.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah, that Amazon pre-order "special price" enticement...

        Hah, I nearly fell for that "over-hyped" Amazon pricing last month (Snow Leopard at the pre-order price of $49). Glad I procrastinated...

        By the day it was released (8/28 IIRC), it went down to $25...a nearly 50% price drop (!). Glad I procrastinated...

        Granted, this is GT5 were talking about here...though the world won't end if I don't get suckered with that Amazon pre-order.."price trap".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you Mei, Dec 29th? after xmas? roooight. I'm thinking 2012.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Typo there...procrastination "overkill". ;p
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 I'll believe it when I see it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the game EVEN comes out in December i`ll be 2 months into Forza 3. I won`t have the time or will to even consider buying GT5.
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