Gran Turismo 5 gone gold - Report

[UPDATE] Though retailers have the game as coming out in 2011, Yamauchi tells blog discs are being "stamped as we speak."

[UPDATE] For Sony's part, the pre-Christmas release appears to still be on. "We are still aiming for this holiday for launch," a Sony representative told GameSpot. "As far as the Amazon date goes, retailers have arbitrary dates that get listed to coincide with any given title's launch window if we haven't provided a specific date. So it's completely driven from their side as a placeholder."

What's more, Yamauchi indicated today in an interview with Jalopnik that, far from a delay, Gran Turismo 5 has actually gone gold. "The discs are being stamped as we speak," Yamauchi told the blog.

Original story can be found below.

Considering that Sony and Polyphony Digital first announced Gran Turismo 5 for the PlayStation 3 in 2005, it would be almost a masochistic kind of comical for the publisher to disappoint eager fans with another delay. However, following on from reports in Japan over the weekend, if recent updates to a number of US retailers' online databases are to be believed, just such a scenario may have happened.

Gran Turismo 5 appears to have suffered yet one more false start.

As first spotted by Joystiq, retailers including GameStop, Amazon, and Target are now listing either a January 1, 2011, or December 31, 2010, release date for Polyphony Digital's oft-delayed racing sim. The update came after a tipster sent Joystiq an automated message from Amazon stating that the game's release date had been "changed by the publisher," with the post-Christmas date subsequently attached.

The update isn't without a touch of irony, as today is the exact day on which Polyphony had planned on releasing the game, a date that it acquired during the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo. However, in October, Sony bumped the game to "this holiday season" in the US and Japan, with its UK and Europe date schedule for "before Christmas."

Following last month's delay, Sony producer Taku Imasaki told the New York Times, "We're really close, but this was an executive decision that was made yesterday. Realistically, we thought we had a good date. We're not happy over here." He reiterated that Sony "is shooting for it to be out by the holidays. You won't see too much more delay." In Japan, Polyphony Digital head Kazunori Yamauchi commented said, "I believe we won't keep you waiting until then."

When it does finally ship, Gran Turismo 5 will feature close to 1,000 vehicles on more than 70 tracks in 20-plus locations. With a massive budget of $60 million, it is also an official licensee of several major racing circuits, such as NASCAR and the World Rally Championship. A sample of the PlayStation 3 exclusive, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, was released in April 2008, garnering decent reviews.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Gran Turismo 5.

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skullmanIOWA
skullmanIOWA

I can't believe that it is taking as long as it is to make this game, but after playing Fallout New Vegas and living through all the glitches in it, I don't mind that it is taking as long as it is to produce a wonderful gaming experience like GT5 will be.

SonOfKira
SonOfKira

all those that keep sayin "i'm no longer interested or i'm no longer gonna buying it" r straight up liars..probably pre-ordered already..if u had no interest then u wouldn't bother postin on this thread..

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@Rovelius Just making sure, lol.

bayloski
bayloski

Dont think it'll bother too many people. We've been waiting this long what's another month..6months..year?? My story will be waited 5+ years for it to come out, buy it, start doing licences, realise that I'm actually not that good good at driving games because I can't do my International A licence, put game with other older games out of frustration and never mention GT5 again.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@TevoxZi A reply saying only "lol" would have been fine. Of course I'm joking. Or trolling, if you prefer. :P

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@Rovelius Gold Edition is just the Game Of The Year edition of the game's renamed, it's JUST the title, it has nothing to do with "gone gold." They just didn't want to input a boring "Resident Evil 5 Game of the Year Edition" - I suppose. Nevertheless that case has nothing to do with the "gone gold." part. I hope you're honestly kidding or trolling, because this should be - at least quite obvious that they're 2 completely different things. Okay.. ANOTHER example. God of War II ALMOST Gone Gold article: Click me Almost gone gold article posted: Jan 29, 2007. Game release: Mar 13, 2007. Another example: Uncharted 2 Click me! Gone gold: Sept. 11th 2009. Game released: Oct. 13th 2009. Now I'm not even going to care anymore if you guys won't understand it. I've had it, but I'm quite damn sure the game's coming out the next month regardless of what you guys think. The game is being stamped, it even says that in the article. Do you guys even read before you post?

sonicwii
sonicwii

I just received a Target magazine through the mail that lists Gran Turismo 5 and 007 Goldeneye coming out this Tuesday....I don't know if I can believe them though..........

doublem2
doublem2

GT5 release date is the day I see it on shelves. Not believing anything else.

Firebourne
Firebourne

@coaltango nope didn't have any interest in any of those games maybe god of war but even that is just not epic enough to get to buy another console. Xbox has been all i need but with GT5 and Twisted Metal comming out I would say that is a pretty big Deal to me

SonOfKira
SonOfKira

Only ppl happy bout these delays r xbox owners realising that forza is finished b4 GT5 has even hit the shelves..forza 4??..doubt they'll even bother..

SonOfKira
SonOfKira

GT5 release date now 30th November...or so they say...hope it's true,hope it's true...fingers crossed...

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

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buying1999
buying1999

Man, it's coming out today...no wait tomorrow....nope just kidding it's really coming out next Tuesday....Haha, gottcha it's really not coming out until next year.. Pathetic. Teach these jokers a lesson and don't buy it.

BenFireFox
BenFireFox

:) seems like im one of the few persons who like the delays of this product. To be honest i like to get a full game wich is working in each of its parts. Other publishers simply shipping out betas and fix the bugs laters or try to sell you dlc wich should be part in the original game. Well things changed in the last years but i still like to get a full working game and all gt parts before simply worked in this new one there is so much new technology so many new things 3d dmg models, hd grafik way more cars, tracks what do ppl expect? Other publishers had made 3 games out of this one and gathered 3 times money for each seperate part so ppl be glad that they work so hard on this pruduct and dont sell you a crappy version bevore the game is finally complete! :)

Reilly86
Reilly86

I really did want this game...about two years ago but now I just carnt get interested in it. I already know that my own expectations are far too high for this game to ever wow me. I know this will probably be the best racing game ever made but you can only dangle a carrot in front of a donkey for so long before it losses interest.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@parhar67 Wow, your logic has a hole - a very big one. GT5 recently went gold, it hasn't been GOLD for 5 years. Resident Evil 5 wasn't gold either until about a month BEFORE it was released, like many other games. GOLDEN means the game is being stamped, and as this game is now GOLDEN, I can expect that - like every game that has gone golden so far, will come out in a month or so. If GT5 was golden 5 years ago, they would've stamped the game already - therefore they wouldn't have been able to code in anything as gamediscs are not rewritable. So you either went completely offtopic, or then you have no idea what "golden" means. Just to make my point clear again: [quote="The first damn sentence in this topic"] as we speak." [/quote] Now, do you finally see it?

Talldude80
Talldude80

someday GT5 will be on ps3, then ps3 owners can play a serious racing sim (even if it doesnt have damage modeling). NFS SHIfT is ok, but not nearly as good as Forza3.

PlanoPunisher
PlanoPunisher

I bought a PS3 (My first Sony console) years ago just to play this game.

parhar67
parhar67

TevoxZi when RE 5 was golden it wasnt delayed for 5 years either.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@chikahiro94, you are the first non PS3 owner that hasn't bs in this article, and thank you so much for being kind. I hope you enjoy your future gaming days! :)

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

While I don't own a PS3, I hope that it comes out soon and is well worth the wait. You guys have waited a looong time for this, and I hope you enjoy the game for years to come. Great time to be a gamer, yes?

Petch1984
Petch1984

Phew, for a minute there I lost myself.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

I bet they're just delaying the announcement that it's delayed again :roll:

daabulls23
daabulls23

This means no more delays!!! YES!!!! Sony could make a sweet bundle out of this...

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daabulls23

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digi-demon
digi-demon

I like GT series - but, with this gen they seem to have missed their window/opening. If this game was released at PS3 launch then I would now own both... but it wasn't..... and so for foreseable future ...I don't or wont.

FurioustigerGR
FurioustigerGR

5 years for the release of this game!?! waw.....I guess GT6 will take probably more than 10 years..hahahaha.....

ger14
ger14

As ive said on other forums......SONY AND PD can SUCK A PIPE!!!!!!!

EPhoenix17
EPhoenix17

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zeebenzene
zeebenzene

@jpf1138 I sense some uncalled for sarcasm, but perhaps I am reading too deeply into your words. I will explain why I don't think that masochistic was used correctly in the article. You quoted the very phrase that I pulled my beard at, "a masochistic kind of comical" A masochist specifically is someone who enjoys having pain inflicted upon him/her. Masochism actually generally refers to a kind of sexual fetish of pain infliction, however it can also be used in a non-sexual way. Look it up. In this phrasing, "masochistic" is used as an adjective for "kind of comical" which I will interpret as "form of humorous" for the purpose of clarity. So in effect the phrase turns into "a masochistic form of humorous" (the "form of humorous" referring to the hypothetical situation of greater delay of THE GAME). The only way that I can interpret this phrase is that the delay would be a form of humorous that is masochistic, or rather "deriving pleasure or sexual gratification from being abused or dominated" I have tried to make it work but haven't. If I use your interpretation of the phrase, then it is such: "it would be almost painfully funny, as in one may welcome the painful disappointment of the game being further delayed with humor to help it go down smoother, for the publisher to disappoint eager fans with another delay" That could well be the intent of the author, however if so, then it was worded extremely awkwardly and, imo, the syntax and words actually used don't really fit.

windchaserfc3s
windchaserfc3s

@ dysonlu There have been several interviews where the main man himself has iterated projected release dates of this game. Now if it was to be 1 or 2 months off from the actual release then I guess that would be acceptable, but were talking close to a year or more. Although not an official release date, how much more from the horses mouth can you get than Yamauchi himself? Prologue was a sham to feed and take advantage of its loyal and hungry customer base. In the end much of us ended up paying pretty much double of what the full version should have cost.

DeathProofDelta
DeathProofDelta

The more they delay, the more epic this game need to be! (which im sure it will be)

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@TevoxZi, sad part is that more people are like him. :(

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@Ex-DarkBlade Don't bother, he's a fanboy, his ratings & behaviour in other topics prove this. He just doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@sixoneone, who are you calling stupid? GT5 is not going to come in 2011, it's coming before Christmas, Sony already announce that.

darthogre
darthogre

I'm told it's 12/1/2010 If sony can pull that off, they might just have a good holiday season.

Hezzron73
Hezzron73

I personally like driving games that allow you to keep your car on the road, but I guess this is good news for fans.

ColoradoKindBud
ColoradoKindBud

I'm wondering if Polyphany Digital hasn' spiked itself with the constant delays. This gamee needs to be something extraordinary to make up for the ridiculous development time. Here's hoping it was worth the loooong wait...

KlepticGrooves
KlepticGrooves

Sounds good. If the disks are "being stamped as we speak" then I guess the game is pretty much done.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

eh... racing games are plagued with time padding. By that I mean they artificially pad the game by making absurd races that last for hours.

InExcelsis
InExcelsis

It's about time this game better be perfect.

romeurosa
romeurosa

Amazon is still telling me I'm going to receive it November 8, 2010. Liars!!!! Eheh, on a serious note I just hope it's still launched this year.

UltimateRAGEX
UltimateRAGEX

I'm with boomerangrentals and they have GT5 listed to be released on 3rd December 2010. So it could well be coming before 2011! Hope so anyway!

sixoneone
sixoneone

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