After many, many delays, Gran Turismo 5 will finally be released in late November. (‘Tis the season for vaporware titles to emerge into the real world, it seems!)
Kazunori Yamauchi, President of developers Polyphony Digital Inc. jokes:
“Gran Turismo 5 is an ambitious project, with challenges and complexities which have made it our version of the Apollo Space Programme!
“When we created the original Gran Turismo back in 1997, we wanted to set a completely new precedent for the racing genre. With the technological leap onto PlayStation 3, our objective with GT5 was to create another great revolution which would not only satisfy our own high expectations, but would meet or even exceed the anticipation of the fans. Satisfying the loyal Gran Turismo followers is at the heart of all of our efforts, which is why it was such a difficult decision to delay the release of the game, and one which we did not take lightly. I can only apologise to everyone for making you wait so long, and I hope that when you try out the wealth of driving experiences available in Gran Turismo 5, you will not be disappointed.”
The game will hit shelves in the US and Europe on Wednesday, November 24, while Australia and Japan are a day later, on Thursday the 25th. (That’s Thanksgiving, for those of you playing at home.)
It’s also huge – with 71 tracks to race around, and more than 1000 cars to do it. The complete list (which is way too long to include here) includes all the big names: the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce, the Lexus LFA, the McLaren MP4-12C and a couple of Volkswagen Beetles. Tracks include legacy locations such as Deep Forest Raceway and the Grand Valley Speedway, plus modern real-world circuits like Nurburgring.
I know there’s a handful of you taking this with a grain of salt – the game was first announced back in 2005 as Vision Gran Turismo, a re-vamped version of Gran Turismo 4. We didn’t hear much about it for a while after that, until E3 2009 which featured a shiny new trailer for the game – and no release date.
Most recently, we were meant to see the game in March, before that was delayed to November 2, and even that was pushed back again with a promise that we’d see the game “before the holidays”. Looks like they’ve made good on that promise – but still, with a little under two weeks to go before the release week, anything could happen, right?
For more information on the game, head to http://www.gran-turismo.com and lap it up.