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Yamauchi: Gran Turismo 5 Releasing "Sooner Than Expected"

Wouldn't it be totally kick-ass if you were good enough at a game, where you won a tournament and got to interview the game's creator one-on-one? Especially if that creator was Kazunori Yamauchi...?

Creator of the esteemed Gran Turismo franchise sat down with the winner of the Gran Turismo 5: Prologue Middle East Challenge, Ahmed Al Azmi, and had some very interesting things to say. First of all, he presented Azmi with an autographed, unreleased Ceramic White PS3 and PSP as a prize, which is something we all wish we had. Then, on the subject of a Gran Turismo 5 release date, Yamauchi actually laughed at the 2010 rumor and said the game will launch "sooner than expected." That's great news, and he also spoke about private online races and the existence of rubber-band AI; it won't be welcome to racing enthusiasts, but perhaps it's not a bad idea. If a car falls more than 2 seconds behind in a race, you will receive the benefit of enhanced power and grip to give you a chance to catch up. Now, we're not sure if this applies to only the online portion of GT5...we're not the biggest fans of this feature implemented into the single-player simulated mode.

Anyway, feel free to read the full interview; it's worth your perusal. You may notice that while Porsche isn't annoyed at the prospect of vehicle damage, Ferrari is balking at the idea. Clearly, there are a few things that still need to be ironed out, but that "sooner than expected" comment sits prominently in our minds...

Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5

10/30/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (31 posts)

John Shoemaker
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 9:57:57 PM
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Oh yeah.
I just hope they fix the AI and online.

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BigT_1980
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 10:42:04 PM
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I glad to hear that GT5 will be coming out sooner, however I don't like the idea if I fall behind in a race that the performance of my car will improve so I can catch up more easily. If their going to implement this feature I hope they at least have it as option you can set for each individual lobby.

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Dingodial
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 10:46:52 PM
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Hahahahaha I sooooooooo wish it would come out like NOW or early 2009 so I won't have to blow $40 just to have the demo!

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Xanavi23
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 8:20:25 AM

Blow it, its worth it, ive blown 40$ twice for the Japanese and American version.

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Dingodial
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 3:12:26 PM

Why did you buy both versions when you could have one or the other?

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AntDC
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 10:53:04 PM
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2009 release! Nürburgring! Holy s***! This game is going to sell a lot of PS3s, if the sales from previous Gran Turismos are any indication. 2009 is gonna rock. The PS3 has a very solid looking line up of games for next year.

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AceTatsujin
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 11:25:31 PM
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Can't wait for this game!

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 12:34:20 AM
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GT5 Prologue is already out and I dont know wuts the real difference between the GT5 Prologue thing and this GT5, cuz for some odd reason, I am not that fond of GT series, GT2 was good, after that, I kinda of done with this series. I find Burnout series, Need4Speed series, and this Motorstorm thing totally kicks ass, and therefore imo, much more exciting than GT series. Anybody feels the same way?



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Xanavi23
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 8:22:57 AM

Its all good, GT is an aquired taste(for those of us who stick with it for years) so if you're not a hardcore race fan, you won't like it for too long unless you become Hardcore like me and some others. GT5P, is essentially a taste of GT5, it has a fairly full online that gets updated with new races every couple weeks, over 60 cars, you can tune the suspension, transmission, brake balance, tire type(depending on race rules) and other things. So you can't call it a demo, because all the key elements of a game are there. Just for your information, not to convince you or try.

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 1:58:02 PM

thanks for the info. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 12:47:00 AM
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A major Title for Sony to keep gaining ground with in '09, maybe the rubber band effect can be turned on and off, like giving a handicap in golf.

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Branko2166
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 3:49:42 AM
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Hopefully the catch up feature will be optional. I find it very annoying in racing games.

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King James
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 3:29:16 PM

I think it should be.

Nice pic. Squall was a FF OG.

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Wage SLAVES
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 5:39:55 AM
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Ooooo. Exactly the news for me! I lOve this franchise. From the first iterations its always had that Glistening AAAA feel. The GT team is a real talented group. They make games not an art but REALITY.

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Riku994
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 6:21:38 AM
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Summer 2009 anyone?

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Orvisman
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 9:22:06 AM

More likely Holiday 2009. There is no way Sony releases GT5 in the middle of the summer.

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Xanavi23
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 8:23:40 AM
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Wooo, i LOVE GT5P, im a damn dirty addict of the GT series, was ever since i bought the first one. This is very good news, on the downside, us GT5P players wont get the Ring til the full game.

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Aftab
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 8:31:21 AM
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Reading the interview got me even more psyched up the game. You get a real sense for how much care has gone into crafting the game.

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camaro300zx
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 12:17:37 PM
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Play-Asia has Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spec III for sale that just got released. Does any body know anything about this version of GT5P???

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Xanavi23
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 2:30:30 PM

Spec III is an update that brought in 3 new sports cars and a couple of other minor changes.

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Arvis
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 2:28:22 PM
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There is no racing game that measures up to Gran Turismo. There's just something magical about that series...

I don't know about you guys, but once I got a taste of the in-car dashboard camera view, I never went back to my old view. Playing the game that way is flipping amazing.

-Arvis

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BigT_1980
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 9:52:23 PM

Gran Turismo is a spectacular serious. I simply have adored the franchise. However Polyphony better bring just a little more than their A game to GT5 or they may get left behind by Forza Motorsport. I enjoyed Forza Motorsport 2 more than I do GT4.

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Xanavi23
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 2:31:35 PM

Big_T, you're seriously comparing a Next gen racer to a Last Gen racer ? You're comparison alone shows just how godly GT is in that older technology power game competes with M$ newest technology game.

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BigT_1980
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 9:15:24 PM

Xanavi23 I love the GT franchise but if GT5 doesn't surpass GT5 Prologue, Forza Motorsport 2 be taking the title of "The Real Driving Simulator."

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Xanavi23
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 6:20:36 AM

Rest assured Big_T, ive been in the loop on many GT forums. While i love GT5P, ive learned about alot of work PD is currently doing(or has completed by now) on content, programming and general development that is gonna make GT5Full seem like 4 games compared to GT5P.
Remember GT5P is just a taste and something to hold addicts like us over, you wont be disappointed with the real thing. Especially since GT is almost ready to drop true damage on us :).
You'll be happy my man ;)

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King James
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 3:30:46 PM
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GT5 sooner than later?!....YES PLZ! GT5:P is still the best looking game out there. GT5 will rule them all.

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shaydey77
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 8:15:40 AM
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@ BigBoss4ever toatally agree.
I loved the first two Gran Turismos. i liked 3 but found it much less appealing.I returned 4 as i was completely bored with it. I realy hope 5 returns this franchise to one of my favourites as it used to be.

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Dingodial
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 9:13:37 AM
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The thing that I hated about the 4th was that the theme-video (the one that starts out with opera music and then goes to the rock song, "panama") looked good enough to be a PS3 game but once you play the game it's like a cartoon that has been beefed-up just a little.

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Zorigo
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 7:56:18 PM
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As soon as i get my hands on GT5 i will get a racing wheel, i am 14 and get the jist of real life driving pretty well, (given a car i could park drive etc, not excellently but not terribly.)

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Dingodial
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 8:09:33 PM

Nice to hear that I'm not the only 14 year old that visits this website!

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Imagi
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 2:06:49 PM
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On the subject of a Gran Turismo 5 release date, Yamauchi actually laughed at the 2010 rumor and said the game will launch "sooner than expected."

He who laughs last ay ;)

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