Gran Turismo 5 delayed in Japan

Polyphony Digital's $60 million racing game has been pushed back indefinitely from its March launch in island nation; Western release now TBA.


Last September, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that Gran Turismo 5 would finally go on sale in March…in Japan. Though the long-awaited game was dated only for Japan, subsequent comments from its developer, Polyphony Digital, indicated that it would also arrive in Europe and North America soon after. At a 2009 Tokyo Game Show press conference, Polyphony head Kazunori Yamauchi said the main thing holding back its Western release was Sony's marketing strategy.

Like most expensive cars in the shop, Gran Turismo 5 will be road-ready later than expected.
Like most expensive cars in the shop, Gran Turismo 5 will be road-ready later than expected.

Unfortunately, Yamauchi's optimism was premature. Today in a short statement on its Web site, SCE announced that Gran Turismo 5 has been postponed. "We apologize for any inconvenience," the company said, without giving a reason for the delay. Fan sites, such as, pegged the delay as three months, indicating a Western release might not come until late 2010.

Today's news is the latest detour on Gran Turismo 5's road to release. First teased at the PlayStation 3's unveiling at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the ultrarealistic racer will feature nearly 1,000 vehicles on over 70 tracks in 20-plus locations. Budgeted at a whopping $60 million, it is also an official licensee of several prominent racing organizations, such as NASCAR and the World Rally Championship. An early sample of the PlayStation 3 exclusive, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, was released in April 2008, garnering decent reviews.

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When is my vaporware coming out??? I pre-ordered this a long while ago and am sick of "delays". This game is the ONLY reason I bought a PS3. Hell, it's the only reason I bought a console.

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Perhaps they need some time to release GT5 Prologue Spec IV: The Quest for more money. It will feature another 20 cars that cannot be upgraded, no ability to play with your friends online, right side drive on all of the Japanese cars (just to keep irritating us in North America), and another $40 price tag. I'm tired of waiting for GT5. I'm only going to buy it if it comes with a free hooker.

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how about we skip the GT5 and just go for GT6, after 3 year wait it looks like GT5 forever will ship together with duke nukem forever in few years offcourse. to bad it could have been good game 3 years ago!!!

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The developers are either gonna make loads of money when it comes out coz everyone will buy it, or no money coz everyone has got bored waiting :@

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@tidusjeff. you'll be surprised how similar PGR and GT5 look. from my experience GT5 is like a cross between PGR and Forza, except with rally events thrown in.

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oh MagicOneUp, that was quite good :D still playing Forza 3 :D three RRODs later yet i have still been able to play a top quality FULL version racing game for the past couple of years. still no regrets....thank you Forza 2 & 3.

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GT5 should be out on day one, cos GT2 is exactly like GT1, GT4 is exactly like GT3.... all the datas is there from the previous games.... all the 100000's variety of the Skylines can't be that hard to implement? i got insider's info on why GT5 was delayed again... they were too busy playing Forza3....

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@fps_d0minat0r "face it, who would spend 5 years making a game as good as that for xbox and it wouldnt even run?" only SONY of course! 5 years and counting... only if GT5 was any good to go by. if the demo was an indication of how GT5 would be like.... its rubbish to say the least. "54GB capacity and significantly larger system resources to work with" so they took one year to filled up ten GB????? what you are saying bigger storage meant better game? Haze, lair ect.... are all great games (not)... alrighty. Ps3 has better specs.... thats why all if not all games on the 360 are better. just an example, bayonetta are better on the 360. if the ps3 are more better spec'ed, it should handle it with no sweat....

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Man if only Duke Nuken Forever shipped with the game too... it would be the most anticipated combo since macaroni and cheese.

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LMAO :lol:

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@tidusjeff - Actually you are mistaken. Project Gotham Racing 3 which launched with the Xbox 360 is the highest rated PGR game to date here on Gamespot.

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"Forza 3 (Xbox 360) laps GT5 (PS3) again. Here is a tip for Sony why don't they have GT ready the day Playstation ships? Xbox 360 had Project Gotham Racing on day one, and 360 owners have been racing ever since." The company feels they need to spend more time on it as oppose to staying with a deadline or rushing it. GT5 is either going to resemble the trial demo or it's going to be a racing game fanboys going to eat up. I'm not a Metropolis Street Racer expert but wasn't that PGR game on the 360 not as well received as PGR 1 and MSR?

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damnnn so many delays

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Ah and someone mentioned something hilarious - there have been two Forza games released in less time than it takes PD to develop one GT game, which I can only attribute to the PS3 being the PS3.

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Between the terrible demos and the constant delays I've completely lost hope for this game. It sucks because I'm not a fan of Forza either, so I have nowhere to go for my racing fix

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@ MagicOneUp i know......thats a good thing that ps3 is future proof. only reason ps3 games take so long is because they have 54GB capacity and significantly larger system resources to work with. face it, who would spend 5 years making a game as good as that for xbox and it wouldnt even run? if final fantasy was exclusive, even that would be in production......thanks to xbox's limitations its coming out earlier because the devs dont have to work as hard or long. next gen if the new xbox has respectable hardware youll see how long it takes making quality games.......obviously your not realising that games technically as bad as gears and halo dont take long to make. you think textures, sounds, polygons ect can just be pulled of trees and put on disk dont you?........your funny.

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I'm pretty sure the delay comes down to Sony wanting to have GT5 as its foster child for 3D enabled gaming and fit it in at the last minute.

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grant turismo??????? the prologue released when the ps3 did. now we wont see GT5 til ps4??

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In my long gaming career, delays have only meant one thing - TECHNICAL ISSUES, and judging from the demos and prologue there are significant Tearing issues and some minor framerate drops apparent in there. Polyphony have said that they were having trouble getting the game to run in quasi 1080p ages ago, so this further delay is no surprise to me.

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GT6 is gonna be out before GT5.....!!!!!!!!

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when will they release the game?

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So much detail is so crazy. I bet that someone discovered the issue with the cup holders being off and now programmers are working around the clock trying to fix the issue... This is the cost of perfection!!!

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can i just say that maybe they are trying to get gt5 a all round release so we all get it at the same time. however in my opinion if they hold it back any more this game may not make it at all because fans will just forget gt5.

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well well well it looks lik im going to play forza10 by the time GT5 is done thanks but no thanks, its a joke alredy. I use to be GT fan but i just dont care anymore

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its has to be the best game or else, or ELSE!!!!

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at this rate there will be another prologue released!

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it doesn't matter if it gets delayed then sometimes it might get crappy, but not good games like gran turismo

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Forza 3 (Xbox 360) laps GT5 (PS3) again. Here is a tip for Sony why don't they have GT ready the day Playstation ships? Xbox 360 had Project Gotham Racing on day one, and 360 owners have been racing ever since.

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If Last Guardian comes out before Gran Turismo 5... that's sad. Heck, Heavy Rain is coming out first... Polyphony is failing us!!!!

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Forza 3 is better cuz you can actually play it.

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it would be funny if all this delay is b'cos forza got em running scared or even funnier if its delayed coz they still discussing the x360 release of GT5

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this is another sony gem im waiting for as well as to God Of War 3,MAG,Heavy Rain,White Knight Chronicles,Dante's Inferno,Bioshock 2,DC Universe Online and much more

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maybe this is one of the endurance races - see how long you can be bothered to follow the game waiting for it to come out. Gran Turismo is a flagship exclusive product for the PS3 that should have been out within months of the console launch. Instead they have wasted another 3+ years and still have nothing to show for it.

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Why am I not suprised. We might be able to chalk this one up as a 2011 release.

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i think "indefinitely" is stretching it. i was shocked when i read that, lol...

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Oh, cock

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The delay is only for one month. A whole lot of games are coming to Europe and U.S. in March anyway, including GoW III and FFX III. There's no reason to bash GT5 for delaying when there's so many games in the lineup of March. Also, they said there's a delay in Japan (not Europe, not U.S.). when they release it for Japan, they may make the target time for releasing it in Europe and the U.S.

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its stupid tjat people whinge about the demo... its called a 'demo' for a reason, because it is an UNfinished demonstration, and improvements are made after the demo's release.. while im sure forza 3 would be only something to keep everyone occupied til GT5 is released, as it is sooo muych better than forza... GT5 prologue itself was good enough to be a full-length game, so GT5 will be awesome

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oh come on! is any game going to be released on time?

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Wow that sucks.... By the time this game comes it'll be probably Forza 10+... I hope whatever they are doing is worthwhile as the longer they delay it I can see alot of long time fans being over this game and moving on to other driving sims.

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bwahaha, GTFO here man!!

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@ fps_d0minat0r Gt5 will be released on your 'future proof' machine.... one day, probably this millennium. @taylormadederek 5 years for a demo that dosn't look and plays that well.... i know it too will be amazing.... long time. "GT is damn good and closer to actual perfection." whatever you say mate, we can all tell by the demo...

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If anyone has gotten to see this game up close, you know how terrible the damage modeling really is. I was just telling my friend the other day that I saw no way that they could fix this in time. Now, it's delayed. No surprise here at all.

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thats an absolute joke. this game has been pushed back so many times. im over it. ill stick with Forza 3

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makes me wonder if the expansion of blu-ray has anything to do with it? also, they made a contest for that demo, so I'm thinking they took data out of that demo so load times wouldn't be so long? I don't know.....

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while im glad to see a company taking its time and not rushing the game, this is just crazyness.. they could at least explain themselves, i guess ill just haveta keep playing forza then

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I suspect it may have something to do with streaming. When they put it all on a disk, slowdown and long load times became a issue. Most games get by this with a mandatory install. However looking at forza 3 needing a 2+gig install for all the content. And GT5 being higher in detail and having 600 more cars (not to mention rally & road to simulate, and the slower read times on the bluray drive). I would expect the install would be HUGE somthing nobody wants. Heck the textures uncompressed these days excede a dual layer BD-Rom in most games.

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Maybe they saw the bad response to the demo and decided to make changes based on what people are saying? I hope.

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Oh great, here we go again with all the damn delays.