Gran Turismo 5 probably coming to US, EU in early 2010 - Polyphony

Series creator Kazunori Yamauchi says global rollout of anticipated PS3-exclusive racer won't trail March Japanese launch by much.

Polyphony Digital certainly hasn't won any races in bringing its latest installment in the PlayStation-exclusive Gran Turismo franchise to market. Announced at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo at the same time Sony unveiled the PlayStation 3, the game has languished largely out of sight from the public eye, though the studio did release the pared-down Gran Turismo 5 Prologue in 2008.

GT5 hopes to make up some time in the stretch.

As part of this year's Tokyo Game Show, Sony and Polyphony at long last attached a release window for Gran Turismo 5, saying the realistic racer's launch in Japan should come in March 2010. Now, it appears as if Gran Turismo 5's rollout in other regions won't be long after, according to series creator Kazunori Yamauchi. As part of a presentation to the press over the weekend, Yamauchi said the game's North American and European launch should closely follow its Japanese release.

"I don't think it's going to be that much later in the US and Europe," Yamauchi said. "This is based on our production schedule. The reason why the dates for the US and [European] regions are not decided yet is because their marketing is still discussing their issues. It shouldn't be too far off from [the Japanese] date for the other regions as well."

As part of his presentation, Yamauchi also laid out Gran Turismo 5's ambitious offerings, stating that the game will feature more than 950 cars, 20 locations, and 70 variations of tracks from which to choose. The notable game designer also said that those who unlock vehicles in Gran Turismo PSP--which launches alongside the PSP Go later this week--will be able to transfer them for use in the PS3 game.

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

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rccars411
rccars411

It just got pushed back to November??? anyone with reason why? About a week ago it said 2-2-10

gq_cjc
gq_cjc

@tekken220 No not all cars will have damage. Some will have full damage. Others will have moderate damage. And some will have no damage.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

I've never liked Gran Turismo games. The driving feels like you are going so slow even though you're going 130mph. When you come to a curve, it takes forever to get there. It's not as fast like Need for Speed or Ridge Racer.

tekken220
tekken220

lol SalarianChemist you're late with your news. PD announced that all cars will have damage

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

If the game costs $59 I don't think I will be interested, because I already have the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue game that was priced too high at $39. I just think $100 is too much money for a "compete" version of a game. Gran Turismo 5 has the exact same types of graphics as the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue disc; it just adds more tracks and cars. I'm disappointed that not all of the cars in the game will be able to experience fully-simulated physical damage. I would have thought by now that Sony would have overcome the legal obstacles preventing this from happening to those cars. One of the things I'm actually very disappointed to hear about is that Gran Turismo 5 does not have 80 tracks as Sony had previously said. I found out it only has 20 tracks -- each of which can be modified with things like Day, Night, Rain, and Snow for what adds up to 80 tracks. This is disappointing considering Forza Motorsport 3 actually does offer 100 truly different tracks. I will wait for the reviews before making a final decision, but considering that Gran Turismo 5 Prologue received such disappointingly mixed reviews and has a score of only 80 on Metacritic, my hopes aren't particularly high. I do realize there is a difference between a "prologue" and a "full game," but so did the people writing those reviews. The Prologue game was $20 less expensive, so that was taken into consideration, too. I just really do think Sony should offer some type of discount for people who bought Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. I also think it might not be a bad idea to make it so the full game can simply be downloaded to a hard drive. The PS3 hard drive has gotten so much bigger lately that this would defiinitely be possible.

Tarmac_Hunter
Tarmac_Hunter

@MTMind2 You're right of course, the axe does swing both ways with fanboyism, it just gets real old after a while. To elaborate my point further, I do actually think Forza 2 (haven't played the demo on 3) is a better game than GT4 or GT5p. I also think that GT5 has a really good shot at taking back the crown from Forza, regardless of what detractors might say. Only time will tell. I've also made my observations on physics based upon racing in a real car in the real world (auto-x in my Mazda) and playing "hardcore" sims on PC. My subjective ratings on realistic physics go: GT5p with "pro" physics > Forza 2 > GT5 with "standard" physics > GT4. Again, different strokes for different folks, but it's fairly clear in my mind which is better. I think most people agree that PD does better in the graphics arena, particularly with their lighting model. Textures look cleaner too, but maybe F3 addressed that.

noodles297
noodles297

Well fortunately I have 360 and PS3 so I'll be buying Forza 3 in a few weeks (demo was awesome) and GT5..whenever that comes out lol. So far I prefer the Forza series though. But I admit GT5 looks outrageously good graphics wise and definitely outshines Forza.

MTMind2
MTMind2

@Tarmac_Hunter to be fair, it happens both ways, where for every forza topic, there are hoards of GT fanboys giving their opinions of the game too. :) you're right to a point about metacritic, but I do think forza has higher scores because the reviewers find them to offer more and to have progressed more. gt suffered in it's scores because each new version was like the last one only with more cars and shinier graphics, which would have been fine if the criticisms of the previous versions were addressed, those mainly being the rubber-band ai and the lack of damage (where people can take corners faster by bumping off other cars). for the physics, i think the dury is out on that one. some prefer the physics of forza, others prefer the physics of gt. it's down to opinion really. for me, the only area i always find better in gt is the lighting. polyphony just have the skill and talent to make the lighting look right in every gt game. forza has improved, but the lighting is still a little bit off imo. so it's good to see gt5 finally doing something about damage, even if it's limited, and hopefully the rubber-band ai will be a thing of the past. we'll see.

Tarmac_Hunter
Tarmac_Hunter

I love how all the Forza fanboys come out in almost every GT5 post that gets created. If you're so confident that your game is really better, why are you so defensive? Citing metacritic scores isn't much of an argument... as time goes on, more and more sites have been handing out 9's like candy, so I don't take much stock in those scores anymore. What really matters in a racing sim is the physics engine, and it is in that all-important category that Forza just can't quite keep up. So yes, the livery editor is nice, damage is good (and now both franchises have it) but the physics model is what really takes it, and where GT shines.

redclaw01
redclaw01

Seeing as how forza got higher metacritic scores than GT4 would suggest that forza is a better game now wouldn't it? And the fact that the metacritic score for all GT games has gotten lower for every new installment would suggest that the developers arent bending enough to change the game enough to keep up with the times. GT it a tired franchise and will bet money that forza 3 out scores them once again. So those of you who say forza sucks? You couldnt be more wrong.

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

can't wait anymore :D the game rocks :)

AlfaxD_Centauro
AlfaxD_Centauro

''The real driving simulator'' =D. I will get this for sure. Sorry for others ''simulators'' xDDD.

Sokol4ever
Sokol4ever

Well, I had waited this long, whats another few months? Eh.. back to Prologue. ;)

Carl_W21
Carl_W21

Sweet, if I recall correctly didn't GT 4 say it would be early in the year but then turned out to be August lol

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

this is the one and only premiere racer however you slice it.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

950 cars, year right. I'm betting more than half of them are DLC. I love GT but I'm not putting anything past those guys, especially after releasing a $40 demo

anotherone10
anotherone10

[QUOTE="aero250"] Sorry i know what you mean, You were meaning GT5, oops lol. [/QUOTE] LOL :lol: Of course in meant GT5, this is a GT5 article. GT5 and Forza 3 will both be great games :)

anotherone10
anotherone10

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koospetoors
koospetoors

This is so going to be worth the wait,I still hum that tune from the GT4 intro here and there. Kasabian was the band,I think.

johnnyjh89
johnnyjh89

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thekey
thekey

Instant sale from me. Forza 3 eat your heart out.

johnnyjh89
johnnyjh89

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Fed__X
Fed__X

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Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

I would totally buy this game day 1 if I had that setup at home :D

johnnyjh89
johnnyjh89

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Never3ndingLife
Never3ndingLife

okay so obviously that player stinks,,, but im sure the game will be legendary

anotherone10
anotherone10

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aero250
aero250

Sorry i know what you mean, You were meaning GT5, oops lol.

aero250
aero250

@anotherone10 Are you calling Forza 3 half assed? lol what are you talking about, Forza 3 runs at 60FPS, has 400 + cars to tune, upgrade and paint, A huge online community, Storefront, auction house, 220 events to race in, 100 tracks which is more than GT5 will have, and this was all done in 2 years, Now GT5 does look very good, but 4 years in development is a long time. Both i will be buying, but don't call Forza 3 half assed, it's going to be AAA, and you and i both know this.

anotherone10
anotherone10

Release now in 2009 & have a half assed game, or wait till 2010 for perfection. Im happy to wait, this game is gonna be awesome :D

Culley799
Culley799

that driver is awful!!! and clearly that car does not have a turning circle of a london taxi!!!!

Autolycus
Autolycus

TO everyone who says GT is better, you are obviously all wanna be's and have zero clue what TRACK racing is all about. If you did, you'd know Forza blows it out the water. Don't bellieve me? Start hanging out at a REAL (not oval or circle) race track and start asking racers what they prefer to play, Forza is usually the case... It has more realistic physics(which is what racing is all about), WAYYY more realistic AI, and once you see all the shortcuts PD uses to make GT5 look "better" you'll see that Forza 3 actually looks better too. If you even try arguing this, its pure denial.

gogi94
gogi94

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Caml10
Caml10

@Octapint Getting a little testy here, are we? Crashing is undeniably a part of racing, and the ability to make tactical decisions on whether or not to initiate contact as well as one's awareness in avoiding hazards are necessary driver's skills, just as much as knowing how to hit an apex or shift at the right time. While no one is denying that GT is a AAA series of very well-respected racing games, Forza 3 appears to take the cake as far as bringing the most to the table in terms of the physical, mechanical, social, and aesthetic aspects of the racing world. Not saying what will outsell the other or what will garner the bigger numbers on metacritic, just that in my eye, no gaudy amount of race-prepped Supras from teams no one's heard of or late 80's JDM subcompacts that will come out unharmed if you happen to go under your buddy's Challenger on a turn will make up for the lack of immersion. Edit: And you expect us take your stance on realism seriously, with all this coming from a guy that gave NFS: High Stakes a full 2 points over GT4?

mtofu
mtofu

@Hvac0120 i don't think it matters when it comes out - this game will sell. in fact, i think it would hurt them more if they held out until fall.

mtofu
mtofu

i think they could have released this game much earlier with less cars and less tracks. they could have milked those that wanted more through dlc. it's frustrating that we've had to wait so long for this game.

octapint
octapint

for all of you saying that this game lacks in realism (crashing and destroying the cars..),i tell you go play BURNOUT.that is the trademark of GT series:the cars remains the same after racing.this is a technical game and the most diverse immersive and accurate driving game in the industry.THIS IS REAL DRIVING SIMULATOR NOT REAL CRASHING SIMULATOR. if you want realism go drive a real car.this is all about driving technique,skills and get to know the AUTO INDUSTRY.do you know how many things you learn about cars and car behaviour in GT?all the professional drivers are playing it and its by far their favorite.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

March is probably the best time for them to launch in the US. I'm certain that the Marketing is still debating on which will be more profitable, March-April or August-September or maybe October-November. I think the market will be dry enough for GT5 to make a huge hit in March and still sell throughout the rest of the year. I'm no marketer, though. _

sammoth
sammoth

@fps_d0minat0r Um GT5 is not really a Sim racer. Close but, it's more arcade then you would hate to admit.

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

im sure it'll be good, i might.. maybe buy a ps3 for this, but we'll haveta see.. i mean saying theres 950 cars is impressive but how many might just be variations.. or cars that nobody wants to drive in the first place, well like i said we'll just wait n see

cockneyscouse
cockneyscouse

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coldsauce09
coldsauce09

@the_mitch28 NFS shift? the feel of driving in that game sucks. when i try to drift its so easy! yea they got visuals but the gameplay i dont think so..

Darth_Vadoc
Darth_Vadoc

I'd rather have a 2009 release :( Forza 3 should tie me over until 2010.

the_mitch28
the_mitch28

@dreadedsniper Personal preference I guess, when you have a crash in real life does your vision turn black and white? when you accelerate in a car does your head shake around wildly? And when you drive fast does your vision get blury? NFS Shift tries to turn physical feelings into visual stimulation and while people call this realism it's actually the opposite. GT5's in car view might not be as aesthetically pleasing but it is actually more realistic it just doesn't seem this way because you can't feel in a game.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ dreadedsniper thats the problem...........ur giving out bias opinions because one of the games ur refering to (GT5) isnt even released. thats the same reason why everyone thinks fifa 10 is better then pes 10. fifa is more completed then pes is so obvisouly it will look better. @ flamingfury burnout is different genre......its arcade racing. GT5 is a driving simulator. different target markets in taste and age, GT5=exclusive, burnout=multiplatform. sales should not be compared. @ hot_shot_9 ODST isnt xbox's best game. no 720p native, 2 weapons, 3 maps, 1 game mode. i would probably say gears.......it only does 10 players and takes ages to get into a game but looking at gameplay it looks like its worth the £40 XBL yearly fee even though its not on dedicated servers. oh hang on.....too many bad things about it, thats not xbox's best game either lol. maybe alan wake should do the trick........but they screwed PC gamers so that game will have lots of haters lol.

zaphod_b
zaphod_b

Whoa whoa whoa! I didn't realize GT5 was going to have head tracking! Ok. I take back what I said. I'll wait.