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GT5 Slated For Holiday 2009 Release?

Around the time Gran Turismo 5: Prologue released, we had heard that the full Gran Turismo 5 was a long ways off; perhaps as late as mid-2010. However, since then, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has laughed off the estimate and recently hinted that the highly anticipated simulator might release "sooner" than we all might think.

Now, we've got more fuel for the release rumor fire. According to a statement made by Sony's chief executive in southern Europe, James Armstrong, to Spanish newspaper El Financiero, GT5 is expected to release during the 2009 holiday season. Obviously, we expect this includes only European territories, but we'd like to think that a huge title like this will get the simultaneous worldwide launch treatment. Here's the direct translated quote from the paper, courtesy of GTPlanet:

"For next year, the chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment for southern Europe said that they are developing a new game thriller, in which the player may be designing their own history, and the new version of Gran Turismo, which will arrive at Christmas."

Yeah, it's a broken translation but you get the gist. If GT5 doesn't release simultaneously in all major regions, this would point towards a late-summer/early-fall release for Japan and a November/December launch window for the U.S. and Europe. Obviously, it would make for yet another massive PS3 exclusive blockbuster for the holidays, and that'd be good news for Sony. As soon as someone can corroborate Armstrong's statements, we'll let you know; in the meantime, just cross your fingers for the best possible result. Oh, and we'll keep you updated on that impending Prologue DLC, too.

Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5

11/30/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (23 posts)

Tatsujin
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @ 10:02:32 PM
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Man, honestly I can not wait for this game!

Btw, Offtopic but.. Ben have you seen the new Playstation Network commercial on TV? I think they do a very poor job in advertising what the Playstation Network has to offer.. im very dissapointed... Really, they NEED a whole new advertising team, because whatever they have ATM is only running the pooper.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @ 11:04:45 PM

No, I haven't seen it. But Sony has never been known for good commercials.

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Tatsujin
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @ 11:08:34 PM

How about the ones in the beginning? The one with the PS3 and the tentacles flying out of the PS3 and the butterflies and all that other good stuff lol.. I thougth those were pretty good... These.. these just suck!

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @ 11:13:45 PM

Oh ho ho, gotta disagree with you Ben

Anyone remember the amazing commercials Gran Turismo 3 got? Legendary...

Oh oh let's not forget the Crash Bandicoot commercials :3

They just don't advertise some games as much and as well as they should.

Don't understand why Uncharted wasn't advertised more in a catchy way...

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aaronisbla
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 3:49:21 AM

sony's commercials this gen has been downright awful.

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Dingodial
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 3:22:11 PM

@ Tatsujin
I remember those and they were funny! But neither they nor the new commercials really tell much about how great PS3 really is.

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NightHawk17
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @ 10:08:24 PM
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i may get GT5(im not really a racer fan) but this Thriller game he spoke of sounds interesting, to make your own history:) leave it to sony to create some new IP's

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @ 10:28:19 PM
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Beautiful!
The best racing franchise of all time

Can't wait for GT5 to blow me away
Proud to own every Gran Turismo to date!

I ask not to judge GT5 based on GT5P.

One of the things GT is known for is for its great simulation mode.

The online will be great, but not all of us are great online. I'm hoping that most of us will get into simulation mode first instead of judging the game by its online play.

PS: As I always say, online is just a bonus.

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Arvis
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 11:55:34 AM

Simulation Mode IS Gran Turismo, to me. Without it, there is scarcely a reason to play it for more than a week...

-Arvis

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @ 11:52:03 PM
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Wait, a year away? Dang, oh well racers aren't my thing but GT has always been top notch so I can wait. But if it's going to be released so close to 2010 then that dude shouldn't have laughed it off.

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FLYING_APE
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 12:13:54 AM
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I just woke up and im greeted with this great news.

Is holiday season christmas 2009 or b4 that


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jlch777
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 12:59:21 AM
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this is the reason why i have a PS3[-=-]

please hurry up PD!!!!!! please!!!!!

:they should include GT1 and GT2 which a special edition of GT5:

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ZubraZap
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 1:20:01 AM
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I used to adore those HILARIOUS Crash Bandicoot commercials. You can't beat the guy in the Crash suit. Thanks for the memories Scarecrow!

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ZubraZap
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 1:20:15 AM
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Damn I double posted!

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Saber1989
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 3:03:27 AM

lmao

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Scarecrow
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 7:00:56 AM
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*does the Crash dance*

Hahaha great stuff, Crash was the best!

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Xanavi23
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 8:40:15 AM
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This is good news but im Skeptical. There's alot of work for GT5 to be done. PD is under sony but they're still not huge. it will take time. However i can wait, i LOVE me GT5P.

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Scarecrow
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 1:32:13 PM

"they're still not huge"

What do you mean?
Polyphony is one of Sony's biggest 2nd party devs(in terms of manpower and selling power)

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daus26
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 1:39:56 PM

I'm skeptical as well. Not too long ago, did you guys remember about the spring release news regarding the GT by Citroen? Now another rumor regarding a Christmas release? I'm confuse.

Unitl I get a word from PD themselves, I will believe nothing.

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Xanavi23
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 7:36:55 AM

Well i figured they still weren't as large employee wise as other devs, despite how much money the've made Sony. If they are bigger than i think, than they really don't show it. We used to get race updates every 2 weeks now its sometimes once every 2 months.

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daus26
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 1:42:03 PM
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Oh Ben, I think the new game thriller in the broken translation has something to do with Heavy Rain. There was a better translation of it on another site.

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Dante399
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 6:35:29 AM
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I can't wait to have this game.

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dveisalive
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 12:47:53 AM
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This game is going to be huge, I mean my friends are so retarded they think Prologue is the real version, and what I hear about the real GT5 is that the graphics are going to get even more crazier as well as crash physics, which are really unnecessary, but this is the game I really want for PS3!

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