Gran Turismo 5 hits Japan March 2010

TGS 2009: Long-awaited PS3 racing sim gets a release window across Pacific, ruling out 2009 release; PSP saves to unlock cars on PS3; special Gran Turismo-themed PSP bundle revealed.

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TOKYO---It was almost two years ago that Sony and Polyphony Digital gave consumers a quick feel of Gran Turismo 5 with their Prologue teaser disc. Finally, the full product will be making its way to stores. At the Tokyo Game Show's Sony Computer Entertainment conference, Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi revealed that Gran Turismo 5 has been set for a March 2010 release in Japan. The date rules out a 2009 release in North America and Europe for the racer, which was first teased at Sony's Electronic Entertainment Expo press briefing way back in 2005.

Beware the Ides of March…in Japan.

But before the PS3, Sony's PSP handheld will be getting its own bit of the racing action. In Japan, Gran Turismo PSP will be released on October 1 in both UMD (5,480 yen, $60) and download (¥4,400, $49) form. The release coincides with Sony's just-announced PSP-3000 price cut, and as expected, there will also be a bundle slightly more tricked out than the one announced in the US at the beginning of the month.

The special "Racing Pack" bundle, priced at ¥22,800 ($251), will include the Gran Turismo PSP UMD game disc, a special color PSP-3000, a Gran Turismo pouch and strap, and a 2GB memory stick pro. The special color PSP is based on the Piano Black PSP-3000, but with color changes made on the L/R buttons and the handheld's back ring to make it look like a car muffler. There's also a Gran Turismo logo in the front.

It seems that gamers who pick up Gran Turismo PSP will be able to get a head start on the PS3 game. Yamauchi revealed during the conference that players will be able to take the data of their unlocked cars from their Gran Turismo PSP game and use it in Gran Turismo 5.

Discussion

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Ehggsz
Ehggsz

@SalarianChemist "I personally am very disappointed that the Gran Turismo racing series still has not overcome the legal obstacle of allowing simulated physical damage to all the cars in the game." - SalarianChemist "There will be two types of damage, depending on the car you're driving. For regular production model cars, you'll be able scuff the paint job, as well as deform specific areas of the cars. For race model cars, like WRC and NASCAR models, damage will be extended to include parts falling off the car during particularly violent shunts." -GameSpot/Kazunori Yamauchi

shinspikes
shinspikes

@Raceboy024 Thats sad. I didn't know that. You'd think if they were postin on gamespot, they would at least read that its a demo or more like beta test. Geniuses.

Raceboy024
Raceboy024

@shinspikes Apparently half the people that bought it. (read some of the posts & you'll know what I'm talking about)

shinspikes
shinspikes

@drummerdeckens Everyone knew it was a demo. Who thought it was a full game?

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

Anyone who bought prologue is a sucker. Prologue means "opening", and every review would have told you it was practically just a demo.

Raceboy024
Raceboy024

@ SalarianChemist: GT5P = demo of GT5 GT5 **does not** = expansion for GT5P Look up the definition of prologue. It's basically a fancy word for demo. I decided to not buy GT5P, so if you decided to pay for, what's essentially a oversized demo, well that was your choice. Nobody forced you to do that, so why would Polyphony Digital make the full game cheaper? That's almost like saying, why should Halo 3 owners pay for Halo 3: ODST. Btw this game's gonna be INSANELY good when it's out. =D Can't wait for summer 2010. Even though it's almost a full year away. XD

Raceboy024
Raceboy024

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tekken220
tekken220

That GT-R is so f-ing sexy :P

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

@gobbo00: I agree with you completely. I personally don't believe Gran Turismo 5 should be sold for $59, since it is literally an "expansion" to Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, which sold for $39. Paying $100 for software like this truly is milking a product. I think Gran Turismo 5 should be sold for less money, especially to people who purchased Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, because the graphics, sound, and gameplay are all exactly the same. The only difference is the the number of tracks and cars are "expanded" upon. I personally am very disappointed that the Gran Turismo racing series still has not overcome the legal obstacle of allowing simulated physical damage to all the cars in the game. I think this is one of the reasons why Gran Turismo 5 Prologue ended up with such mixed reviews and has only an 80 rating on Metacritic, and it's disappointing Gran Turismo 5 doesn't fix this problem.

theoardo55
theoardo55

I hope GT 5 Asia HK/SG region release nearly Japan lauch :D

gobbo00
gobbo00

shani boy101 They had the engine since GT5p. And honestly this generation of console peaked after 2/3rd year in market. Any improvements or "refine/tweek" are only going to be marginal, look at Call of Duty. Would I want another GT game out of the door in around 2 years..... yes, but if it runs on the same engine & hardware. They may as well start working for the next generation of consoles, and make another smaller project for the PS3.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

@gobbo00 actually, chances are that there will be a GT6 on PS3, considering they've already completed the engine, all they have to do is refine/tweak it to use all of the PS3's power, add new cars, tracks and features, and bam! new game.

gobbo00
gobbo00

Question, do you think there will be a GT 6 on the PS3, when you look at how long it has took to develop GT5? Not likey so maybe this is the Definative PS3 racing game. Lets just hope they can get at least ONE other PS3 game out this generation (not GT6 though GOD no otherwise we will be looking at GT7 2027 release on PS4) It's all moot anyway if GT5p's simulation handling is in GT5 I will stick to Forza 3 thanks.

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

Wanna to see Damage models already, not GT5 will dumb AI, fastest car wins the race and no fun... I want GT5 with bright AI and DAMAGE!

mrchainsaw15
mrchainsaw15

Oh my god....just cancel it. So sick of this being pushed back and the little prologue games, which are a joke. I don't even want it anymore.

Frankasti
Frankasti

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D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

this and God of war will freakin DEMOLISH all competition next year.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

this game will have more cars than freakin forza, fanboys

crazyshooter93
crazyshooter93

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collingtonuk
collingtonuk

5 years, that's shocking, especially for a game that was supposed to be a release title for the PS3. Lets hope its good but I'll be happy with Forza until it arrives. I think the Prologue release was a mistake though, it just smacks of desperation from Sony. Desperation to see some return on the development costs and desperation to keep people interested after such a long wait. Will it have put people off buying the full game?

XeonForce
XeonForce

GT5 is being released before Duke Nukem Forever? I just lost a bet... =P j/k

i_DUB
i_DUB

Cant Wait, Cant Wait, Cant Wait

octotoke
octotoke

"gran turismo 5 is not a game to be excited about" I am sorry that is just an ignorant statement...You should definitely not base your opinion based on Prologue. If you ever read a book you understand what a prologue is (in most cases a few pages compared to a book full of chapters). Prologue gives people a good idea of what 3D modeling can be expected from GT5. It also only gives us a ridiculously small percentage of the cars and tracks that are expected to show up on GT5. While the driving should be similar considering GT series has kept a pretty good standard through out the years Prologue only includes a portion of the race varieties GT5 will surely include. Prologue is also missing the expected official NASCAR and rally races and probably championship modes relating to both of these. GT5 will include over 20 tracks not including their reversed versions. Car damage is also expected though not yet confirmed. ALL of these features and 950+ vehicles in high definition with realistic specs and running at great frame rate should make anyone that claims to love car racing video games or even just cars at all want to get this game. GT has never been about the hype and has instead always been about backing up its claims with the most complete content and realistic game play out of any driving games.

tomerkal
tomerkal

i know the game will run in 3d, but does anyone know if it's coming with 3d glasses?

kamizuka
kamizuka

@SalarianChemist same thing for Halo3: odst

jgartland
jgartland

I'm by no means an expert on game development, but I really don't understand why it has taken so long for this game to be made. With other genres such as shooters, adventure games etc. they have very different set piece moments, very different encounters to create/consider, many different gameplay mechanics to implement, story to flesh out; but a racing game has none of this, in a nuthshell you create the gameplay you want with physics and the like, and then you make all the cars and tracks you want. The prologue showed the gameplay which will be present, so for the last two years they've just had to add cars and tracks (and lots of testing of course). While I'm not saying cars and tracks don't take time, it's suprising that a company whose sole task is to make GT5 should take 4 years to do it.

junor69
junor69

Awesome finaly date on realise, forza will have to keep me busy till then plenty time to finish forza3 then move to GT5 look like its going to be very busy few months

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

$60 is too much money to spend on Gran Turismo 5, becuase it is a game that is essentially an "expansion" to Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Gran Turismo 5 is literally the same game as Gran Turismo 5 Prolgue, but with more tracks, more cars, and some extra features. It uses the exact same graphics engine with tracks that are 100% identical in terms of texture quality, lighting, shading, framerate, and resolution. In my opinion, Gran Turismo 5 is not a game to get excited about, because Gran Turismo 5 Prologue received such "average" ratings and reviews. In Metacritic, the reviews scores of Gran Turismo Prologue are still only at "80" out of 100. Sony decided to release Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for $39.99, so I think they should do the same with Gran Turismo 5. $80 for all the tracks and cars in a game is more than enough money.

CTR360
CTR360

i play forza3 till gt5 arrived

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@XanderZane Often more time given to the development means less bugs and more solid gameplay & extra and a lot of work for other stuff. For example, internal car damage.

GeneralHawx
GeneralHawx

Shouldn't this be like a top story since this game has in development before the official release of GT4, but dang I have the money and I want the game guess I have to settle for GTPSP

tig1979
tig1979

Have to be honest i am looking forward to this game but the amount of time is unbelievable and really peeing me off, yes i'm sure it is going to be awesome but why the hell give us a december release date then push it back, stop teasing us you ********'s!!! PS please leave out rolling starts and give us proper starts!

octotoke
octotoke

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JayyRadd08
JayyRadd08

so everyone else can expect it around June you think? Well i would expect june the latest

unkosolz
unkosolz

GT5 has taken a looong time, but it's worth the wait. The best racing sim will demolish all. GT-PSP in October... I'm getting that.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Patience! if there's one thing Polyphony Digital does well, it's the GT series... come to think of it, its sort of the only thing they ever do... but it is well! though i must admit, that shooter they made on PSone was awesome

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

... HEY!!! so what, it comes out in japan in march, you mean to tell me that it'll take almost another year to localize it to the US? They really need to at least partially localize the game while it's in production. Get a damn intern or something to start translating the text and such so that the wait item between Japan to the rest of the world isn't that long of a wait >.

cube-gage
cube-gage

Its a shame, I was hoping for an Xmas release, but GT for PSP is coming which is good. As one of Sonys main trump cards GT5 should of been released a while ago but digitalizing thousands of cars inside and out and possibly motorcycles takes a long time im sure. . Forza is just killin em though with 2 games already out before. But GT5 is gonna be absolute perfection no doubt. I hope they improve the music though. GT music has always sucked, and online wasn't much good in prologue.

ski11buzz
ski11buzz

what the hell is taking them so long? This better be THE KING of racing sims for the next several years, otherwise all this waiting wont be worth it. I mean seriously its going to take them over, what, 5 years? thats crazy.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Looks like Forza 3 has no competition this year. I don't everything GT5 wasn't coming out this year. Poluphony was smart to wait until next year, as Forza 3 would have eaten it up in the reviews. Turn 10 made 2 Forza games before Polyphony could get GT5 out the door. That's really sad.

wii_sean_wii
wii_sean_wii

I love the GT series but it has taken a hell of long time for some sort of release date and that date is still quite far away lol. Because this game has taken so long to make, it has built up even more hype than what it would normally get and forza has added even more hype with what is potentially an awesome game and a sooner release date. i just hope it lifes up to all this hype and is just an amazing game that i can enjoy for many endless hours.

IDeadlyReconI
IDeadlyReconI

@quanloco When I'm talking physics I mean going around a curve at 100 MPH with out crashing is impossible, and since when can a Dodge Viper do a perfect 180? When you go around a curve in GTHD at 100 MPH your going to slam right into that wall. Like what would happen in real life. In my last post I was not comparing game play of GTHD and F3 I was comparing Graphics.

quanloco
quanloco

Ideadly Dont agree at least for forza 2 and all the past gt games sorry man but forza has better physics. I own an Evo 8 and I road race and drag and can tell you GTHD handling is BS compared to forza 2 when comparing it to real life I highly doubt that F3 physics are not good and gt are better. Maybe you think you know what good car physics are. gameweasl keep thinking that and maybe one day it will become true but it will only be true in your dreams. I like both games and will own them both but I like to speak honestly and this is no opinion.

R2-D2-586
R2-D2-586

Was realy expecting to be this year... well time for platinum on uncharted 2 : )

gameweasl
gameweasl

Forza, meh they have nothing on this...

ThaElementz
ThaElementz

Wow finally! Hopefully I'll have money saved even after the fall releases of games.

calvinsora
calvinsora

@Sins-of-Mosin When did they ever lose their crown? Did you ever think it is because of, hmmm, the language they're made in initially? Translating a game from Japanese to another language is much tougher than doing the same thing for an English game. And what does it matter, anyway. The games are still awesome, even though we have to occasionally wait for them. Patience is a virtue.

Autolycus
Autolycus

@IDeadlyReconI So let me get this right, you're comparing Forza 3 demo to a game that isn't out yet (GT5) and you've concluded that GT5, which isn't out yet, is better? Wow that doesn't scream biased at all. First of all, play Forza 2 (or 3 demo) with no auto assists which takes off your pretty green line, auto braking and actually STARTS to get you close to real racing (unlike GT series). GT prologue had no real damage, the physics where floaty, you could cheat by going over grass about every where. Unloading the car during turns didn't effect handling very much. I have over 40 hours racing cars on road courses that arent an oval, against other cars (not just cones) and I can promise you, the Forza series nails the realism down much more than GT series. I am not saying the GT series is bad, but don't be fooled into thinking its anywhere near real life... Sure it looks pretty and it has massive marketing, but if you want a realistic racing experience, pick up the Forza series and turn off all the "auto pilot" options.