• Dec 14, 2009
The release date for Gran Turismo 5 hops around so much we're going to call the game The Flea from now on. From a couple of dates late this year to early next year in Japan to possibly, maybe, potentially a Summer release for the U.S. It's not that we can't keep up anymore -- we might just be tired of trying.

That summer date for our shores isn't even set: the folks at Sony are "eying" that window. Back in September Polyphony Digital head Kazunori Yamauchi said "I don't think it's going to be that different for U.S. and Europe" to get the game around the same time as Japan. Apparently the marketing department, which was given as the reason for the delay, remains deep in "discussing their issues."

We have but one issue: it's hard to keep hanging on for the supposed Second Coming (or is that Third? Fifth?) of driving games when the "Coming" part refuses to happen. And we sure hope they're working on GT6, because at this rate we're going to be buying that game with our Social Security check.



[Source: Joystiq]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Biggest piece of racing vaporware ever!
      • 5 Years Ago
      One thing Sony could do to add to the sales volume is announce DLC in the way of car and track packs to keep people interested. And to have the online racing set up right from the get-go. MAYBE that will keep people interested in the game for a while after launch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fortunately Polyphony Digital have declared that GT5 will most likely have little to no DLC down the line in that they are trying to include as much as possible in the game rather than nickel and diming consumers. The downside is some consumers are stupid enough to actually want to pay for things that should have been included in the first place
      • 5 Years Ago
      at this point i dont understand why people dont go get Forza 3, its a brilliant game, well received. it just doesn't have the GT name.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think there's a 'that's what she said' joke somewhere in this post, can't quite put my finger on it...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really they just don't want to admit that all they've -actually- done for GT 5 is make screenshots. There's been no actual programming or development :P

      As for Forza 3, I'm very impressed. Having owned a wide gauntlet of vehicles, replicating them in Forza 3 has produced almost perfect simulations. I mean, not perfect perfect, but enough to say 'wow! This is pretty damn close!' versus Forza 2 which was 'wow! Everything drives the same!'

      I will buy GT5 when it comes out, but I honestly don't expect to be blown away. So far their big stick has been their graphics...which I've seen plenty of screen shots on. So even if it plays awesome, I don't think it will be that much better than the bar Forza 3 has set at this point, they can lay all the eye candy they want on me, until I can play it; its just bench racing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's the point in releasing the GT5 demo 6 months (possibly more) prior to the game being released? From a driving game fan's stand point I love it. But if the marketing department is behind it's US delay then why would they green light the demo release so early. Demos are meant to get that hype rolling just prior to release. At this point the demo's impact will be long worn off by the time it releases.

      I guess my point is the "marketing department" excuse is a poor one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know what? I've been a die-hard fan of the GT-series. I have bought every version upon release along with the steering wheel set and other accessories. Naturally, I have been excited about the upcoming (never-to-be?) GT5.

      But now I don't even care anymore. Screw it. So many times they have gotten our hopes up. So many times they have popped our bubbles. It's freakin deflating and so anticlimactic now when I read or hear about the GT5's ever-delayed release that I JUST DON'T GIVE A RAT'S ASS ANYMORE. Keep the GT5. I'm going to buy an xBox 360 and Forza 3.

      Screw you, Kazunori Yamauchi.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So I am a marketer myself. Why would I delay something that would sell itself? If it is stable and ready for release, get the damn thing out already!

      Seriously, the delays are going to dilute and kill what could otherwise be a record setting release. Sony and their marketing department (if that is what is truly causing the delay - all too often if there is a technical problem there is a game of "let's blame marketing!")

      Hey Sony, start delivering on your promises and you might stop bleeding market share.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Flea? More like Duke Nukem Forever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At this point, I don't even care.
        Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm just beyond disappointment with this game. This game better have every single car ever made down to the bricklin safety car or whatever its name is. I just wish they'd give an explanation as to why it keeps being delayed over and over again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, sorry but this is the way it has always been, and this is no news. They were shooting for a March JAPAN release and wanted to localize for the US and Europe by summer.

        Just enjoy the demo coming out on Thursday.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen. That's why I went with Need for Speed: Shift.

        • 5 Years Ago
        i stopped caring two years ago

        its ridiculously overrated
        • 5 Years Ago
        The way things are going, Forza 4 will be out before Gran Turismo 5. I honestly expect another several delays before this supposed summer release.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen, I used to anticipate it but now that I think of all the cars it might not have (American) and all the versions of Japanese cars I will never get to actually drive, I just don't care anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @kattleox - I already paid $40 for the demo 2 years ago :-/
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pdexter, go buy Modern Warfare 2 and thank me later. Trust me, your PS3 won't go to waste. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pdexter, there are a lot of good games on PS3, including several exclusives. If you're not using it, you're denying yourself a lot of fun.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. If this thing doesn't come with a "Fleshlight driving interface" or something awesome to make up for lost time, I'm going to be pretty disappointed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jeez Louise, by this point I don't even care anymore. I'll still buy it when it comes out but in the mean time I'll go get a Xbox and Forza 3 and still have fun with Dirt2 and a little bit of fun with Need For Speed Shift for my PS3.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are a whole bunch of games coming out in the first quarter of 2010, (most of which wee due to hit in Holiday 09') like Mass Effect 2, Dante's Inferno, Heavy Rain, Splinter Cell Conviction, Bad Company 2, Final Fantasy 13, God of War III, etc. Not much as far as racing games, sure, but a whole lot of other things for gamers to spend money on.

      Sony probably wants to move GT5 away from the other games releases for a bigger launch. I figure early to mid May or June for some decent sales numbers.

      What's a few more months compared to the years the game was in development? Most people that are still interested in GT will still pick it up. And a few more PS3s will be sold just because of the game. But it wont be nearly the system seller GT4 and previous versions were, it's just not as relevant any more since other games have come along and caught up while Polyphony pushed so long for the 'perfect' game.
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