Clarification: "New" Gran Turismo 5 Launch Date Info Is OLD
If you're an avid searcher of video game news online, you've probably come across the numerous stories related to the rumored Gran Turismo 5 release date. However, this really needs to be cleared up, because all these new updates are based on information that's over 5 months old.
In this GTPlanet update, they clear the air and issue a helpful timeline that should shed some light on the saga of the GT5 release date rumors. You can check out the chronology for yourself, but the gist of the article is this: Import Tuner conducted an interview with Kazunori Yamauchi back in August, and that's where he mentioned a 2010 release window for the next entry in his legendary racing franchise. However, Yamauchi's last official comment on the issue came nearly three months later, when he laughed off the idea of a 2010 launch when speaking with GTPlanet member Ahmed Al Azmi. In fact, Yamauchi said the game was coming "much sooner than expected," and lastly, a SCEE executive is quoted in a Spanish publication as saying gamers should expect a Christmas 2009 release. That is the last bit of information we have on the subject; all that talk about Yamauchi's 2010 quote in an old interview (resurrected on N4G, which started this whole mess) is irrelevant. It's kinda important to get dates right when reporting, don't you think?
Even so, plenty of gaming sources picked up the old story and ran it as a new one; some even called it a rumor that GT5 had been "delayed." Don't listen to any of it, and get the facts straight. GTPlanet worked to sort things out, and we're just adding our own update. We figure there may have been plenty of concerned GT fans out there over the past week.
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5
12/28/2008 John Shepard