Source: A 2009 Launch For GT5 Is "Almost Certain"
Last week, we learned that Amazon.com had given Gran Turismo 5 a December 29, 2009 release date and while it may only be tentative, one source claims a launch this year is "almost certain."
According to GTPlanet, they have it from "an unofficial but extremely reliable source" that GT5 should most definitely release in 2009 and that the Amazon date is "incorrect." They do say that it's likely we'll get the official announcement at the upcoming GamesCom event in Cologne; Sony's press conference is scheduled for August 18. The final teaser statement is, "he's making a list and checking it twice," which implies that this hotly anticipated racer will hit store shelves before Christmas. Perhaps the first or second week of December...? Kazunori Yamauchi got a ton of press by saying Polyphony Digital could release the game "whenever they wanted," and ever since, racing fans everywhere have been pining for the finalized details. If GT5 does indeed make it out for the holiday rush, that makes three PS3 exclusives (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and MAG included) that should really help Sony during the 2009 stretch run. And the more we think about it, the more we believe that GamesCom will be the time for several big announcements.
Remember, with all the PS3 Slim rumors flying around, that's another unveiling that may come along in a few weeks time. But you know what might make for an awesome idea? How's about a PS3 Slim bundled with Gran Turismo 5 as a sweet holiday gift?
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5
8/2/2009 Ben Dutka