Gran Turismo 5 Releases "When It Makes The Most Sense"
While Gran Turismo 5: Prologue is one hell of a demo (if that's what you wish to call it), racing enthusiasts are still eagerly anticipating the final launch of the full game. There is no estimated release date yet, but we do have an interesting update for you.
SCEA director of hardware marketing, John Koller, told VG247 that the driving simulator would release "across all platforms" at a time when it would "make the most sense." Obviously, some would like to include competing platforms like the Xbox 360 in that "all platforms" comment, but Koller was likely including the PSP; we're expecting the official announcement of a GT5 PSP version at E3. Gran Turismo is most certainly an exclusive franchise, for a variety of reasons. As for the second part - "what makes sense" - there has been a lot of speculation and debate concerning those words...we really don't know what he means. It almost sounds as if it's a matter of market timing rather than the simpler, "whenever they finish the game" mentality. Say, for example, they complete the game in September (highly unlikely, but this is just a hypothetical) but it would make "more sense" to release it on the PS3 and PSP in late November or early December for the holidays. So, they wait to launch it.
But there's no way of knowing for sure. Koller went on to say that Polyphony is a "developer who makes a lot of their own decisions," and that besides the fact that GT is certainly important to Sony, they can't make "any announcements regarding the game at this time." Well, we've at least heard that before. We're familiar with that comment.
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5
3/30/2009 Ben Dutka