Gran Tursimo 5 To Miss March Release In Japan
Update: SCEE says this delay is indeed real, but it's only for "the Japanese market." Might Sony be shooting for a worldwide simultaneous release...?
The release date saga surrounding Gran Turismo 5 continues.
Last year, it was officially announced that GT5 would launch in Japan in March 2010, although they never provided a release date for North American or European regions. At the time, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi said US gamers could expect to see the hotly anticipated simulator "not long after" the release of the Japanese version. And while Japanese retailer Geostore first listed both GT5 and God of War III with a March 25 date, it wasn't long after when GameStop's expected US release for GT5 slipped all the way to November 2. And now, in another turn of events, SCEE has apparently confirmed a quickly spreading rumor that GT5 has been delayed in Japan; possibly for about three months. Right now, though, the game only has a vague "TBA" attached to it for all regions, which probably isn't a good sign for anxious racing fans in North America. At this point, it appears that GameStop's date may be accurate, although it would certainly help to boost the holiday season for Sony and the PlayStation 3.
Could it be that Sony is running away from God of War III and other big titles in the first quarter? It seems unlikely, as most of the major releases aren't as big in Japan as they are here, so it makes little sense to delay GT5 for this reason. Oh well; guess we'll just have to keep waiting.
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5
1/13/2010 10:19:13 AM Ben Dutka