Gran Turismo 5 '90% done' - Yamauchi

Polyphony Digital head tells car-enthusiast magazine 140 full-time staffers are putting the finishing touches on the long-delayed $60 million PS3 racer.

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Nearly five years ago, Gran Turismo 5 was teased as part of the the PlayStation 3 unveiling at Sony's 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo press briefing. Two years ago, the public got its first taste of Polyphony Digital's $60 million game in the form of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Then, three and a half months ago, the racing game's planned March launch in Japan was scrapped, pushing back its US and EU launch indefinitely.

Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi says Gran Turismo 5 is about ready to cross the finish line.

Last week, Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi offered some public reassurance that the game is on track. "Gran Turismo 5 is about 90 percent finished," he told the UK racing magazine Inside Line. "There are currently around 140 people working on the project." To date, the Gran Turismo series has sold over 55 million copies.

Yamauchi offered his comments while speaking at the final race of the GT Academy, a program that trains European racing-game enthusiasts to drive real-life race cars. Cosponsored by Sony and Nissan, the competition will send French-born Jordan Tresson to the 2010 European GT Cup Series behind the wheel of a 420-horsepower Nissan 370Z GT4.

"Normally, video games are a closed genre," Yamauchi told the finalists. "If you are good at a golf or soccer game, it does not mean you can be a pro golfer or soccer player, but Gran Turismo is different. If you are really good at Gran Turismo, you can be a really good race car driver."

According to Inside Line, the Polyphony Digital chief is himself training for a race, next week's 24 Hours Nürburgring. In preparation, he recently completed a four-hour heat in a Lexus IS-F at the titular track in southern Germany. Yamauchi also revealed the cars that are in his own garage at home in Japan: a R35 Nissan GT-R, a Honda S2000, and a Ford GT.

Discussion

275 comments
scottiek
scottiek

Saw a release date in a shop today of 10/10/10!!!! Can't wait!

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

If I had to tell the truth, I play my 360 more than my ps3, but when this comes out... things will change. Also, I noticed that some comments complimenting this game were thumbs downed, is an XBAWT jellous?

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

I like Forza 3 alot, but I know that it's scale will not even come close to GT5. I think comparing them are dumb anyway, Xboxers have theirs PS3ers have theirs. Either way, I will buy this game, cuz it's awesome :)

eemix
eemix

I think they don't want to lose Christmas massive sales, so US and European sales should start in the beginning of December, at least lets hope to......

xtoda7
xtoda7

by my calc it'll be out in 6 months

nineteen93
nineteen93

Yeah and on E3 he will say its 60% complete. This game will never come out.

majindustin
majindustin

I hope it's a huge flop, I mean seriously, what have they been doing over there?

KoruKinshi
KoruKinshi

That's all right. I've been perfectly content with Forza 3 for the past 8 months.

blancobo
blancobo

I am dissapointed in the fact that Yamauchi previously stated that it was Sony delaying the window of release for this game... I would guess taht they are merely trying to strenghten and expand on an online element to this game. GT5 will be huge and hopefully shall make history as GT did .

leeko_link
leeko_link

It better not disappoint me like Gran Turismo PSP did, five years already equal one console generation. Lucky PS3 had a ten years lifespan or else this would end up on the PS4.

player_leo
player_leo

Only 90% complete ?! After 5 years ? When did they really start working on this title? Guys, I really don't think it's making a 2010 release date.

x-boy360
x-boy360

believe me. if the game contain damage effects the graphics will be baaad. we want gt5 with better graphics than gt5p any one agree with me?

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@fps_d0minat0r dude, i don't care if new Forza will be on next 360 or not, its the next Forza game that counts. make a great game better. couldn't say it for GT5 cos from the indication of some 'time trails' and 5 years in the making and a psp spin off, what a load of.... i don't know why ps3 fan boys are jumping for joy about. i'm a car buff myself, from those video clips of, there's nothing to it, all cars are running in a straight line with little or no details at all. Dude, i gotta LOL "If forza was good enough from the beginning, they wouldnt have to have so many versions of it.....the only reason their making so many is because they have left room for so much improvement but they know the more versions they release the more money they will make." why are you excited about GT for the fifth time????

Philo350
Philo350

Can't wait to this comes out!!! Going to be awesome!!

Tha_DRP
Tha_DRP

I grew 16 beards waiting for this game, another 3 won't hurt

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Sega should have taken a wait to 2001 to launch a console after Saturn so they would have benefited of more advanced technology and most likely affordable use of a DVD drive that was another thing that just did not help when their DC mag made mention of a DVD expasion drivewhatever making gamers remember SCD, 32X et all. Finally Shenmue started as a Saturn game, you know the hard to program for dual cpu console and was reprogrammed on Dreamcast making them waste all that effort while what really helped sell the Saturn in Japan was the Virtua Fighter games that DC only got a half assed "port" of VF3 and Fighting Vipers 2 (that did not get released in USA) letting Sega Rally 2 be programmed using Microsoft dev tools was another major mistake among many that Sega did with DC.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/tgs-09-gran-turismo/57623 will answer your questions as to GT5's five year development also keep in mind that there will be 80s, 70s, 60s and so on sports cars like 7MGTE Supra Turbo and its variants, Mitsubishi Starion Esi-R, and more. Also to conclude my reply to DCUltrapro, give Playstation 3 a chance, Sony has taken the old Sega attitude of game development without rushing out their games that is by far the biggest problem Sega fans had with Sega in that they really worked hard on their games only to rush them for holiday releases and later shipping them complete but not on retail like the Sega Direct Daytona CCE Netlink Edition. As much as I enjoyed and still do my Dreamcast it was a mistake launched too soon when Sega should have focused on Saturn, bringing the 4MB ram cart and making games requiring the use of it, they never should have made the deal with Microsoft EVER to have Windows CE (what granted hackers a way into making boot discs for pirates without a mod chip and underdeveloping DC by having it have a single CPU when its first party dev teams had pretty much mastered Saturn's dual SH2s for A.I. and physics however primitive they were they had it.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

@DCUltrapro I understand that you say you are a Dreamcast fan however I wonder if you are a SEGA fan. The reason I say that is because Sony's Playstation 2, nor its marketing had anything to do with the Dreamcast having its plug pulled prematurely and if you played consoles before DC, let alone actually purchased them with your own hard earned money, I wonder how you would have felt about $300 dollars for SEGA CD and mostly FMV games, $150 32X that was an electrical hazard less than one year before the premature USA launch of the $400 Saturn, its $200 Netlink (oh yes I still have it and Genesis had a modem as well) the fact that when Japanese 3rd parties were enjoying over 5 to 8 millions console userbase and the SEGA 4MB expansion pack was released, Sega rushed to make a new console after having the beans spilled prematurely by contractor 3dFX whom they never should have dealt with leading to an out of court settlement and all of the seeds that lead to Sega not really having the money or consumer faith, oh did I mention how Sega failed to have their own answer to Nintendo Power by keeping Sega Visions out of retail outlets and not having a Sega magazine promoting Saturn in the USA.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Gran Turismo 5 is a pre-order day one purchase, GT3 and GT4 were worth it. I don't mind that its taken five years to make this game specially since PD already confirmed that they started from scratch to code this game so full CellBE+RSX+Blu-Ray, etc will mean that its more than a killer app, what I am interested in though is what PD is going to make afterwards, Omega Boost 2 perhaps or a new game. Anyways the PS3 is not the only game with a five years in development game since Alan Wake, a single player non-online game is finally coming out this month.

ecksee
ecksee

"Almost" only counts in grenades and horseshoes. Set a final release date and stick to it, or keep your trap shut.

profileap600
profileap600

90% complete? That probably means another year if they are still working on the game at the same rate as always! Nonetheless I will buy a PS3 for this game. I am bored of Forza 3. lol

M3ran
M3ran

you all are gonna love this game when it comes out so stop saying annoying things

M3ran
M3ran

@ seanthehitman r u for real? this game sells consoles.ye i know its been long but comon that doesnt mean the game is gonna be bad,it means it is reaching perfection.you can not rush ART.

ilitar8
ilitar8

Sure would be nice if they said " we were just fing with you, it's coming out next week. "

seanthehitman
seanthehitman

I have lost interest in this game, its been too long.... is it really worth it by now?

JimInPT
JimInPT

He said it was 90% finished last fall as well. They're screwing around with adding esoteric gadgets instead of releasing a solid game then expanding with DLC addons.

BLKGZUS04
BLKGZUS04

I say forget the damage add a few more cars & tracks & put it out there. i could care less about damage. there was none in any of the other turismo's & they have all been top shelf racers. why fiw whats not broke ???

johnnykev
johnnykev

It seems like this is the same line I've heard for the last year or two. We're xx% complete. It'll be ready soon. Here's to hoping for the best racing experience to date...

bojous
bojous

With the game being 90% complete do you think they will be adding any more cars to the game, personally i'm hoping that they will include the Ferrari 599 GTO

zunit88
zunit88

I can wait more 5 years....just make it the best Racing game ever :D

johny300
johny300

@robertwarnes91 i agree with you but its been 5 years. and i dont want the game to be bugged like assassins creed 2.

milan4554
milan4554

Gran Turismo 5 is the Power of PS3 and many top games like UNCHATED 2& MGS4

milan4554
milan4554

@ DCUltrapro lol why the hell do you comment on this page and your saying , I'm not a big fan of serious driving sims as I tend to get bored of them, its not my kind of game. think b4 you comment!!!!!!!!!!

30NIGHTCRAWLER3
30NIGHTCRAWLER3

And Yamauchi also said that not all cars will have damage. Only the premium cars will and nascars will smash into pieces. To put damage on all the cars will take them a whole another decade

Wuflungdung
Wuflungdung

"Normally, video games are a closed genre," Yamauchi told the finalists. "If you are good at a golf or soccer game, it does not mean you can be a pro golfer or soccer player, but Gran Turismo is different. If you are really good at Gran Turismo, you can be a really good race car driver." What a load of crap that is....

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

@DCUltrapro (Insert childish and stupid fanboy joke making fun about ODST being overrated).

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

@KuRf Your comment is the best one. Too many games are rushed and as a result many bugs ruin the experience. I'm tired of buying games, then playing them find bugs that wreck the experience then being forced to download a massive patch to fix the problems. Polyphony Digital take your time.

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

@Banana23man My arguement against Sony in general actually stems more from my times as a massive Dreamcast fan than as a result of me loving my 360 more than the ps3. Regardless of that, I never said that the 360 didn't have a couple of franchises with sequels, because every console has them. I freely admit that all of the top 3 consoles have many franchise games, but a lot of those are multiplatform. I happen to prefer the x360 franchises as I find them fresher and more entertaining that properties that have been around since oh say 1997? Anyway like I said, a lot of my negative opinions towards Sony stem more from when the Fantastic Dreamcast (for Dreamcast read: Innovation) fell prey to the giant PS2 marketing machine that turned out to be a pile of underwhelming crap. Anyway they are my opinions, and you of course are entitled to yours, if you like Gran Turismo then good for you, I'm not a big fan of serious driving sims as I tend to get bored of them, its not my kind of game

banana23man
banana23man

@DCUltrapro Let me guess, after 6 games (4 of which are on xbox 360), Halo is still a brand new franchise that offer brand new, never before seen content?

Edam101
Edam101

Better late than never, looking forward to it. It will be better than Forza 3 not just because its been released later and so they have had a chance to look at the positives from that game, but because every time since the first Gran Turismo Yamauchi has always brought new and ground breaking stuff into the franchise, hence why its still around and a recognised franchise around the world, even to people that don't play games much.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ MagicOneUp so basically your saying the new xbox is coming out within a year? because with the hardware the 360 has, its not going to get close to GT5. If forza was good enough from the beginning, they wouldnt have to have so many versions of it.....the only reason their making so many is because they have left room for so much improvement but they know the more versions they release the more money they will make.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Have they actually been trying to get this game released or are they happy just plodding along with it. Sony, give them an effing deadline and make them stick to it. Bloody slackers.

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

Who cares? Honestly does ANYONE care about another of Sony's crumbling old franchises that are being dusted off to make them more money? Seriously people need to stop buying into all of Sony's crap, oh wait.... They are (software sales= exhibit A)

Krystyan68
Krystyan68

All I can say is it better be REALLY GOOD ... I mean "Forza3 beating" good. Prologue didn't amaze me ...

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

If a games is announced, and they show a trailer in any form, they are working on the game. E3 2006, same E3 that they showed off the PS3, they said GT5 would be out "not too far from the release of PS3." All I have to say is that there better not be one bit of DLC.......