• Sep 29th 2009 at 8:30AM
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Gran Turismo 5 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Last week, Sony announced that Gran Turismo 5 would launch by March 2010. The folks at Polyphony Digital don't see things that way, though, as company boss Kazunori Yamauchi told reporters at a GT5 event that the game could launch in late 2009. And Yamauchi has apparently mentioned that both U.S. and European street dates won't be far behind the game's Japan launch, but the GT5 founder says that the exact launch date will be determined by marketing. Marketing? How about a soft launch for the hardcore GT5 enthusiasts while the ad geeks figure out how to sell the most advanced version of one of the most popular racing game franchises in history?

In the meantime, our compatriots over at Joystiq have the lowdown on some additional gaming specifics that could be of interest to rabid GT5 fanboys. For starters, there will be over 70 variations of 20 or more locations, and some 950 cars will be on offer. Check out our high-res image gallery and learn more at the link below.

[Source: Joystiq]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love that the Joystiq link this sends us to even says early 2010 in the title.

      Cmon Autblog...don't start needlessly sensationalizing. The game is likely 2010...so be it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "the GT5 founder says that the exact launch date will be determined by marketing."

      Please. So we're blaming the marketing folks now?

      I have to think that if marketing had any say in the matter GT5 would be dropping before Christmas to get all of the holiday sales, not after. In the US, December 29th holds no more sales clout than March 29th.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I gave up a long time ago on GT5.... I was going to buy a PS3 and everything. I feel sorry for the guys still waiting, getting their hopes up on official news only to be let down a few months later.

      They really want to say the release date is going to be based on marketing? What that means to me is they are jerking everyone around for fun/ they dont care about the end consumer/ or it's still not done after all these years.

      • 5 Years Ago
      After all he back and forth about the release date it wouldn't surprise me if this gets released in early December of this year.

      Nothing like yanking the chain to get people into a tizzy before you give them what they really want.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather see MANY more tracks, and fewer cars!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bought a Playstation to play Gran Turismo.

      I bought a PS2 to play Gran Turismo 4.

      Thing is, I played other games on those. Looking around, I don't see much else worth having on the PS3. Maybe GTA 4.
        • 5 Years Ago
        theres a number of very good titles for the PS3 some are exclusive some are not but Mirrors Edge, MGS4, Fallout3, Dead Space, Drakes Fortune, InFamous and prototype are all very good games, theres also a long list of highly anticipated titles coming, like the last guardian, heavy rain, uncharted2 among others.

        i dont have an Xbox but its a decent console too (be prepared for warranty replacement though as it has a notoriusly high failure rate) and some of the titles i listed are on Xbox too. for me personally, i think GT5 was the one thing that pushed me to get a PS3. FM3 looks good, but i'm fairly confident that i'll be more pleased with the GT series i've played since its inception. hopefully nothing you've read here smacks of fanboyism, both are good systems, but i've personally found the PS3 to be better for me

        • 5 Years Ago

        You also missed some of the best exclusives on PS3 including Killzone 2, the Resistance series, God of War 3 (which drops very soon) and the Ratchet and Clank series. People say there aren't enough significant exlcusives to buy a PS3, but I dont see there being any more (or less) siginificant exclusives on Xbox either.

        If you're only going to buy one console, buy the one with the games you want most, because there's equally as many quality games on both sides. If you really want GT5 over everything else, get the PS3, because there are plenty of good games (some exclusive, and some not) available and upcoming.

        And if you guys have a PS3 or Xbox 360 already, get Need For Speed:Shift. It no Forza or GT5, but its good enough and pretty enough to keep you entertained till they come.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And, GTA4 is on the 360 as well...

        Both FM3 and GT5 look like worthwhile purchases, but I wouldn't but either console just for one or the other game...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I bought the original PS because it was the most advance game system of the time, pre-ordered and I knew it! GT was just the racing game that had never been done before on anything, PC's included and IMHO PC's save for graphics haven't caught up because its tiny market share does not allow them to pick up the licenses to get as many cars into a game.

        I bought GT2, and later a slim PS2. I got the PS2 mostly to play GT4. I still play PS2 games (currently PRD2/3 and NASCAR Thunder 2004), the library is huge! There is no rush to buy a PS3 even with the reduced pricing of the slim PS3.

        There are maybe 2-3 games I would buy for a PS3, they can all wait...

        GT5 however I am more than ready to plop down $360+ for a PS3 (Used or Slim) and GT5

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll believe it when I see it. For now, I'll contend with Forza 3 when it comes out.
      • 5 Years Ago

      "Oh s#!t, Forza has a release date and it's before Christmas? And ours isn't going to be ready till fall of 2010, this is really bad. Oh, I know, lets set a release date (we can always change it, haha) in the spring, and then we'll *hint* that it could come out by Christmas. That should keep 100k people from running out and buying FM3 as soon as its released, and we can string them out a little bit longer..."

      This is one of the few games that will get me to pull out my CC and finally buy the current gen console. Unfortunately, so is FM3. I wonder if this is going to be similar to GT2, where they pulled some ancillary features (drag racing, for example) just to get the darn thing out. Honestly I could really care less about NASCAR, and not that into the rally games either. And have absolutely NO interest in hybrid cars, electric cars (other than maybe Fisker), etc. Just bring out the damn racing game, and stop trying to be everything to everyone!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They have NASCAR in this version of GT 5?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why are there people who care about how 'real' turning left for three hours feels? Unless you're just going to have someone else play and just drink beer and cheer for the wrecks...

        All kidding aside, I really don't get the addition of NASCAR in GT5. I know it takes some skill to pilot one of those things, but c'mon, did they add the COT in there just so they could add to their 'cars in the game' total? They should all be counted as one car since they're all the same body and essentially the same frame/engine/suspension, just different liveries...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes they have NASCAR in GT5. GT5 is probably gonna be the most anticipated game in playstation history. Right up there with MGS4 and most likely surpassing it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, this is the first instalment to have it as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        EA Sports finally let their exclusive Nascar license lapse, so, yeah.

        I imagine it'll finally be a technically-accurate version of that style of racing (let me stress FINALLY)... but if the screenshot is of any evidence, they may not go as "deep" in terms of paint-job accuracy or depth-of-driver-roster... (Come on, THREE Jeff Gordons in three different-colored Dupont cars?!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't they just deliver the game, then let users download the rest of the cars since that seems like that's what taking so long.
      • 5 Years Ago

      I would like every significant real track in the world.

      100 cars would be more than enough. I dont need all of these GT-R and Evo Variants.
      • 5 Years Ago

      I hope this game is perfect.

      I've waited 5 years.
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