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Sony "Promises" GT5 Will Release This Fiscal Year

Racing fans everywhere have been hoping that Gran Turismo 5 will launch this year, and because series creator Kazunori Yamauchi recently said they could release it "whenever they wanted," the rumors intensified.

However, the newest update says the hotly anticipated simulated racer won't make it in 2009, but it should hit store shelves before the end of March 2010. According to Euro website VideoGamesZone.de, Sony "promises" that GT5 will release before the current fiscal year ends. For those of you who judiciously avoid the business end of the industry (and we can't blame you; it gets kinda boring), Sony's fiscal year ends on March 31, so you do the math. Now, if it does come out in March, this will put it in direct competition with SCEA's God of War III, which is scheduled to release that very same month. If Polyphony doesn't wish to embark on that epic battle, it would make a little more sense to launch GT5 in January...that's just logic talking. Then again, as the source in question doesn't specifically mention the name of the Sony representative that has supposedly confirmed this release window, we have to take this all with a grain of salt. Really, the fall-winter release schedule is pretty well packed, so GT5 will have competition no matter what.

Of course, for the hardcore racing fans, it won't matter what the competition might be...GT5 is the most-wanted title. Right?

Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5

7/2/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (47 posts)

mexgeo86
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 12:40:53 PM
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I don't mind if it gets released w/the Holiday games or w/God of War. However, it'd be very difficult to find time (hours) to play this game and the others that are coming out.

In other words, it's a guaranteed purchase (for me) but there won't be enough hours in the day to play this and the other exclusives :-P

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556pineapple
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 1:07:00 PM
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Day 1 purchase for me, and not many games claim that honor. Now hopefully I can afford the official racing wheel along with it...

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Orvisman
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 1:10:34 PM
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Xmas 2009!

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Sir Shak
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 1:12:41 PM
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I will wait for Sony to officially announce it before believing some random site .

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BlinkBoy
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 1:22:39 PM
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To be honest, this game has no competition, not even God of War, plus god of war last for like 10 hours - GT5 is 1000+ hours if you put your heart in to it.

Not ragging down on God of War III or anything as I am getting both on their release day.
I am buying pretty much all PS3 exclusives that are coming.

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kratos17
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 3:42:02 PM

you would be surprised at what kratos is capable of
also these two games are way too different
they are both aimed at different audiences
as for me i will be buying GoW3 over everything because my favorite type of games are action adventure

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kratos17
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 5:22:45 PM

also i agree that gt5 will sell better than GoW3 but saying it has no competition is stretching it a bit

am i right?

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Mornelithe
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 1:39:52 PM

As far as gaming franchises exclusive to the PS3 go. The Gran Turismo series has absolutely no rival. So, while I agree that GoW is a mildly popular franchise, nothing makes people wet their pants more than Gran Turismo.


Morne

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photo K
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 1:45:25 PM
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It don't matter for me when this game comes out. It will be a purchase no matter what. Most gamers will do the same, however if they release during the holidays, the casual gamers may not pick this up right away as they may have to choose between several good titles.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 1:58:02 PM
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Seems their biggest problem now is putting the release at the right time to maximize profits. I still think xmas is the right time. Even if you get other games as gifts you'll still wanna pick this up with your own money.

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Arvis
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 2:07:22 PM
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Grrrrrrr.....

Sooner than that, please Yamauchi-san!

-Arvis

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NoSmokingBandit
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 2:55:45 PM
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They should really have it out this christmas. Theres going to be a ton of great games this fall, but only one great racer (if gt5 hits this fall). It would also be interesting to see how Forza 3 fairs against GT5 in sales, which can really only be compared if they are released around the same time.

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Kangasfwa
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 3:05:55 PM
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This game is part of a Sony conspiracy... I can feel it...

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Xzer0
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 3:50:10 PM
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I think the best for Sony would be that - If there is a PS3 Slim and would be a price cut, then the reasonable turn would be realease of a PS3 slim bundle with GT5 and Gow3. Ofcourse after their separate release dates. Sony would gain a very good profit, I think.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 6:58:23 PM

Financially for Sony that would be a terrible bundle.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 3:53:47 PM
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Maybe they are waiting for Sony spies to report back on when Forza 3 is coming out so they can be sure to crush it into a fine powder properly.

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Kangasfwa
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 8:52:54 PM

That makes too much sense to not be true...

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King James
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 12:15:02 AM

@World

Are you psychic? I was thinking the same thing.

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Gone
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 3:56:20 PM
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Sony is probably going to make a GT5 PS3 bundle like they did with the PS2.

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Doosharm
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 3:58:26 PM
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If the game is ready now, why wouldn't you want to release it this holiday season? Isn't that the best possible time to launch a game, when everybody is shopping for Christmas gifts and whatnot? If you could launch a game in November, and it was ready to launch in November, why on Earth would you wait until January or even as late as March to launch it? Seriously... Why from a business sense would Sony want to do that? Even with other major game releasing at the same time I would still think the initial sales would be exquisite, and as Ben mentioned, there is competition straight through March anyway.

When told that the game won't ship until next calendar year, i assume that either the game isn't actually ready to ship (and won't be for some time) or the person who claimed it won't launch this calendar year is lying.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 4:27:54 PM
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Both GOW & GT5 are such superstars in their own right....
that each game should be given their very own month to order to provide them with their own respective calendar smack-downs.

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photo K
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 4:53:18 PM

agreed. But if its ready, I prefer sooner rather than later.

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Mornelithe
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 5:01:56 PM
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All other games are irrelevant. GT5 is the reason why I purchased a PS3. I must have this game.


Morne

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Naga
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 5:47:08 PM
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2009 is perfect for the real driving simultor, since it would be nice to see it fair against NFS:Shift

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smileys_007
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 5:51:19 PM
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Gran Turismo 5 will probably the first GT game that I'm going to buy. It's gonna be awesome playing GT5 on the ps3 especially if you have an lcd tv.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 6:59:14 PM

What's it matter if it's LCD?

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Mornelithe
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 7:06:02 PM

Well LCD or Plasma, I think he's referring to the GT5 being 1080p @ 60fps. It's pretty sexy on a hi-def setup.


Morne

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 7:21:35 PM

Ah okay, that makes more of a difference. Glad I got me an HD tv =D too bad it's only 720p...but I do have a 1080p computer monitor. lol

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Diggity Dan
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 8:30:14 PM
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@LegendaryWolf...

I don't think the resolution of the HDTV is that critical for gaming experience. FWIW, I think my games looked a little better on my 720p TV than my new 1080p model.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 9:09:47 PM

Yeah, i heard 720p plays better for games because it's a smaller resolution so they can put more without worrying about the stress on the processor and such, so it's able to do more even though it looks just as good.

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Karosso
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 8:44:14 PM
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Just got an e-mail from PSN saying that GT PSP is coming October 1st!!!
Could it be that the PS3 version will lunch alongside it????
That would be awesome!!
Hey Ben! do you have anything on it?

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Ricochet
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 9:00:39 PM
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"Now, if it does come out in March, this will put it in direct competition with SCEA's God of War III" - Ben Dutka

Oh, come on Ben? You KNOW that the real competition isn't with another "PS3" titles. The real competition is FORZA 3 (who's developer boldly claimed that his racing game is the most "definitive" this generation). Not to mention NFS: Shift.

As of now, all PS3 exclusives do not compete with each other, they team up! I'LL BUY F&CKIN both if it comes out the same month (hell my Birthday is in MARCH). Going to be the best B-day present!

Moving on, Kazunori's statement quite disturbed me when he said "he could release it anytime". I mean, is he not worried about the competition between Forza 3 and NFS: Shift? I thought the delay was for extra touch-ups? HMM.......

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mexgeo86
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 9:25:46 PM

Polyphony is CONFIDENT in their game and thus isn't worried about the competition. Yes, they shouldn't be too 'casual' but at the same time, look at their track record.

In any event, the latter part of 09 and early '10 will be very good times

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Ricochet
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 11:08:07 PM

True, their track record is all in the 9's. However, facing tremendous scrutiny for not including damage control in ANY of the GT games previously. I'm pretty sure Kazunori always planned for damage but it better be on GT5. Either the game is truly complete, or they're releasing "expansion" packs in the later times to come. I believe that a new G25 wheel will be released alongside GT5.

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mk ultra
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 9:03:52 PM
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Anyone have a G25 wheel? I'm thinking of getting one when this game comes out.

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Belgaran
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 12:04:14 AM
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GT5 will be the penultimate racing sim. Ive bought every version at release and I don't plan on changing that. I agree that if they want to make the most money (console sales and game sales), It would make more sense to release this for the holidays.

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King James
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 12:13:42 AM
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Release the game 3 DAYS before Forza 3 is suppose to release. Watch GT crush the little xbox racer.

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Banky A
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 2:33:16 AM
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Man Gran Turismo rocks.

It should just be re-named 'Awesome: Racing Game'

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OriginalSin
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 2:43:28 AM
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I dunno why but I get this funny feeling they will release it for Xmas 2009 alongside the new PS3 Slim/ or with a price cut they've been holding off.... That to me make perfect business sense. If they do it they will own the holiday season....

Either way I know it will be epic and I will buy it on day 1... Strange enough it's one game I don't mind waiting for...

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___________
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 9:42:09 AM
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if this aint out by oct 27th im getting forza 3 instead.
its pathetic how much time its taken them to make this game, im realy starting to get sick of sonys attitude of announce a game than release it 3 years later.
they wave their balls around saying look at us weve got all these exclusives this year, than come august or so at least half of them have slipped to next year.
enough is enough, i thought they would of learnt their lesson with home........ looks like i was wrong.

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JofaMang
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:51:29 AM

Troll.

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Mornelithe
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 10:59:22 AM

Waaaaaah, why does it take so long to build a brand new engine from the ground up on a new bit of hardware. Waaaaah, why does it take so long to program over 800 cars that all require at least 1 month of man hours to produce. Waaaah, I'm too stupid to look this stuff up myself, so I'll just troll any GT5 article I can and spew my ignorant drivel for all to see. Waaaah.

Morne

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Robochic
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 2:14:04 PM
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whenever it releases my husband will be happy. not my kinda game but I know my hubby really wants it. If it takes a little longer to perfect it so it doens't need a update to fix issues that should of been fixed in development i don't care when it's released.

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kiwami_nemesis
Friday, July 03, 2009 @ 6:04:13 PM
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he said that gt5 is ready & could be released any moment, so most likely it is coming as a ps3 slim bundle most likely with a price drop. sounds like November/December.
when is forza3 coming out?
could it be that he is also waiting for forza3 to come out! to crush them.

i don't care when it's coming out. all i know is that i most have it the day it's released.

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Wage SLAVES
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @ 2:53:04 PM
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This is the first Racer that I WILL buy a racing wheel for. Ive never had one but I recently lost my standard Mustang (wifey wrecked it, she was fine car...not so lucky) so I need my shifting fix. Nothing is like a standard, you have every bit of power at your disposal....

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Do these things come with a clutch pedal?
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Skatejimmy5
Sunday, July 05, 2009 @ 2:24:38 PM
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My guess is that it will release in late January/early-mid February. Then it won't have to suffer the post-holiday period, neither does it have to really compete with God of War III. It'd make the most sense actually.

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Orvisman
Monday, July 06, 2009 @ 9:08:55 AM
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Sony had to leave some big news for TGS 2009.

That is where Sony will announce a worldwide release for GT5: November or December 2009.

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