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Sony Zeroing In On Fall GT5 Launch?

When we saw that GameStop had pushed their date for Gran Turismo 5 all the way back to November, we were plenty surprised and even more disappointed. Then we learned of the official delay for Japan.

So the question is, when will it arrive? You've probably heard any number of anticipated dates from dozens of sources but right now, a fall release for the US and Europe is becoming increasingly more likely with each passing day. Could that November placeholder date actually be more accurate than initially believed...? According to GTPlanet citing Spanish website Canaria Al Dia, Sony seems to be aiming for a fall launch at this point. It's what CEO Of Sony Entertainment Portugal, James Armstrong, told the site during a recent interview and although the translation is a little broken, you get the gist:

"We believe that launching the product this fall, before Christmas, but not yet decided. I do not rule that uses the MC but I doubt it. ‘GT 5′ is a great hope for Sony, a very important game for the company, which generates much income. We would have wanted him out before but we think the priority we are giving it our best. I’m very confident in this game that we launch this year and help us consolidate PS3 as the console that is large."

It's unlikely we'll see an end to this little drama before spring. Racing fans were disappointed to learn of the delay; the hotly anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusive was supposed to release in Japan in March. But now, that ain't happening and we can only guess when North American and European gamers will get a shot at it. Of course, they could certainly use a big holiday release for the PS3 and it's not like we don't have enough games coming out between now and May. There are several huge titles to keep us occupied but even so...we kinda want this date.

Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5

2/1/2010 8:58:33 PM Ben Dutka

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The_Duke
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:39:01 PM
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I think they put it off to long, that killed the buzz a little, you can only tempt and take away for so long before excitment turns to resentment. Plus in my opinion, the demo showed the driving was very weak, looks really good though.

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johnld
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:45:53 PM

gran turismo is a franchise that has a huge following so loosing some buzz from casual gamers wont really matter. Everyone expects perfection with every gran turismo game and they're definitely getting it.

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Scarecrow
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:56:05 PM

GT doesn't lose steam
It's a series with really dedicated fans

No matter how long it takes to release, its costumers know the product will be of the highest quality possible at that time.

GT3, best racer at that time. GT4, best racer at that time. That'll remain true when GT5 comes out. Simple as that

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Qubex
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:10:06 PM

I respect what you are saying the_Duke, but I think John has got a very strong point on this one...

Q!

"i am home"

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rogers71
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:54:01 AM

@The Duke,
You cannot classify the time trial as a demo. It was a contest and as such, I guarantee that PD made the driving a little more loose than what you can expect from the full game.

I would be very surprised if the end result is anything but satisfying for everyone that loves GT.

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Hawkeye
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 7:51:52 AM

Does the full game really exist? Almost sounds like a ponzi scheme for video games... Release a demo (or time trial if that suits your fancy) get investment and interest and then disappear to the Cayman Islands with all the money...

Just kidding of course, but one has to wonder with all the delays what is going on. I can understand being a perfectionist, but NOTHING is perfect. They'll likely release it and then patch it anyways shortly thereafter.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 10:34:14 AM

This is the game that was supposed to bitchslap Forza and show everyone what a REAL simulator is. Its lost a little of that flare after being pushed back so many times.

Yes, a ton people are still going to buy it, i dont think they've lost any sales, but they did lose all the hype and buzz.

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animalmother
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 @ 9:29:50 AM

The demo showed the driving was weak? BUZZZZ***** : Wrong. The demo only showed how "professional" physics have become even more realistic than those in GT5P. It takes alot of control and skill to pilot a car at its limits around any track.

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THE-GAMER
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:43:43 PM
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so that means sony will dominate the FALL/Winter season

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johnld
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:46:35 PM

i dont mind because with all the games coming out for sony, they got me until summer.

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Scarecrow
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:00:42 PM

Exactly

GT5 = 2010's Uncharted 2, basically. (you could say that with GOWIII as well, but it's not releasing during Fall)

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Random_Steve
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 2:14:33 AM

sony havent dominated the year just yet, mass effect 2 got uncharted 2 like scores

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johnld
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 5:22:57 AM

it may have gotten "uncharted like scores" but comparing the two games, uncharted wins no contest. scores are like loyal final fantasy fans, they dont matter anymore. i mean halo had some high marks to but compare it to other games, its pretty average. reminds me of an article that compared ODST vs Uncharted 2. score given, at least on some aspects of the game, on visual i think favored ODST but we all know which is the better game.

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Shams
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 9:48:47 AM

Um, not to be overly argumentative, but, who's been comparing ODST to Uncharted 2, let alone in the visual department?

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BikerSaint
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:43:48 PM
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Damn, that will be close to a year since they first told us "We can release this game anytime"
By then the 2011's will be out.

(I sure hope they at least get my shiny new 1959 Ford Edsel & 1968 Corvair in there by that time).

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mexgeo86
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:46:05 PM
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there's plenty of games to keep us busy going into E3; hopefully by then there'll be a final confirmed release date

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Jawknee
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:46:59 PM
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Sounds good to me.

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THE-GAMER
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:54:13 PM
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it would better in the summer 4 me since no games comes out during it

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geovanwitdakick
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:55:08 PM
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I thought it'd be released alongside 3D TV's, I forgot which season those were supposed to start being manufactured heavily. This should be a holiday game, so that The Last Guardian could squeeze in sometime June-Sept. Hopefully.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 12:33:45 PM

I don't think that they know. It's almost like they finished the game in late summer last year and then delayed the launch for marketing reasons and then realized that they had to update the cars because of the delay, and then Sony asked for 3D, and so now they are reworking the game for 3D and adding in the up to date cars.

I'd hope that they launch along side the 3D TVs from Sony, it's be a great selling point for both.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:11:48 PM
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I suppose this is so they can make it 3D, oh well I've lost interest at this point.

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Qubex
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:11:24 PM

I think you could be right World!

Q!

"i am home"

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Milonakis
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:34:42 PM
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Really, they must be gunning for a game of the year

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Hezzron
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:43:08 PM
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Gamers = Charlie Brown
Sony = Lucy
GT5 = The Football

....at least that's what it's starting to feel like, if ya know what I mean.

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JofaMang
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:43:51 PM
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Sour Grapes *grumble* something something wine *grumble*

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NeoHumpty
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:45:36 PM
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Yay. Finally a racing game.........what? We need RPG's. I have a car.....I know how to drive.

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chedison
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:06:31 PM

haha my thoughts exactly!

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Banky A
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 @ 3:52:35 AM

Do you race on the Nurburgring everyday?

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animalmother
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 @ 9:32:14 AM

good reply Banky, anybody who dismisses GT doesn't really have their crash helmet on straight. GT lets you drive the finest cars and the finest cars day in and day out. Not even the wealthiest princes can do what you can do in GT given how much money you would burn on plane transportation for you AND your car among many other expenses like fresh tires, fuel etc etc etc. GT lets you do this virtually for a small fee.

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556pineapple
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:48:26 PM
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PD does really great work, but I think it's about time they get a lecture from our friend Hideo Kojima.

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Alienange
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:50:47 PM
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I know a lot of people who are waiting to get GT5. It is in fact the reason they have a PS3 already. Frankly, I find it embarrassing that these people who saw the PS3 and thought "GT in HD!" have had to wait four years to hear that Sony is "not yet decided" if it's coming this fall.

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Hezzron
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:56:56 PM

No kidding.

"GT5: Prologue" is starting to feel like "GT5: Fairy Tale".

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Qubex
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:12:46 PM

"Gran Tourismo 5 versus Rumours" :)

It's the new Final Driving Fantasy Jrpg :)

Q!

"i am home"



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karneli lll
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:52:08 PM
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Sony dropped the ball on this one,but i guess they think they know what they're doing

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Naztycuts
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:56:14 PM
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Wow talk about a letdown please don't turn into the delaystation! I remember when they did this with Killzone 2 I was sad and then they released InFamous early so I was like yay! but now this. D:

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Scarecrow
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:57:55 PM
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This whining is uncalled for. GT is a series of perfection.

If they want to give us quality....let them.
At least they're not pushing it back while cutting a "whole game's worth of content" like Final Fantasy XIII did

PS: There was never an official release date for GT5 in North America/Europe. So it was never delayed

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rogers71
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:58:06 AM

Very true Scarecrow,
I would much rather hear about delays rather than have them come out and say they had to cut the game in half and will release the rest as DLC.

Could you imagine:

"In GT5, you will get 600 cars and 50 tracks. We will then release the other 400 cars and 30 tracks as DLC packs that will hit at a later date"

Oh the humanity!!!

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 7:08:12 AM

The later date being 2-3 weeks after initial game release.

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OriginalSin
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:54:49 PM
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Well I will be patient and wait for it to be released.

I however think there is more to this fall release than most people think. Maybe they are doing it to give GT the best chance at GOTY as possible. Have a look in the past couple of years... How many games that releases early in the year won GOTY? I don't it was a lot of them. Most of the GOTY winners released after June.

Well I can be completely wrong don't actually have the statistics with me but it should be interesting to find out.

This year however there is a VERY strong possibility that GOWIII will take that honor and it will be releases in the first quarter of the year as well...

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 12:03:28 AM
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Guess they needed the extra time to put in this years models, hopefully they plan on launching it before next years are revealed. Or you can bet it will be delayed again.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 12:09:48 AM
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God of Car will be late *chuckles*

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Robochic
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 12:16:09 AM
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@scarecrow I completely agree with you, if they need to perfect it fine with me and my husband we would rather have a game that is in 100% working order than having glitches..
U're also right on the release date we never had one I know it had a pending for spring 2010 but it was not a solid date so I don't see a delay at all.

My hubby has plenty of games to tie him over till this releases and I would personally rather it be released later cause I don't have the cash for this at all plus it would make a great birthday gift for my husband in the fall.

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___________
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 1:12:37 AM
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release it whenever you want i lost all interest in this game months ago.
sorry PD i was super super SUPER excited for this but when you have a string dangling in front of my face for years, slowly moving it closer and closer. than move it back every few months i get the shits and loose interest.
they could release it tomorrow for all i care im still not buying it.
sony just lost a sale of a ps3 too because my father was going to buy one for GT5 so were not fighting over my ps3.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 4:18:46 AM

You'll buy it eventually.

The delay is a very bad thing but we're getting a AAAA game instead of AAA.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:45:50 AM

Well that is the hope Snaaaake... we will see how it plays!

Q!

"i am home"

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godsman
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 1:41:32 AM
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Although the game will drive PS3 sales, it still makes more sense to launch the game in a larger install base. it'll probably be around 45 million PS3 by this Holiday. So that is a great plus.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:48:08 AM

Godsman, good point... my personal opinion is that there should be something like 3-6 million units sold. I would be surprised if it sold more than 8 million units, but there is always that possibility over the longer term. I hope I am not being too "short sighted" :)

What do you think?

Q!

"i am home"

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Imagi
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 3:22:44 AM
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GT is loosing traction, they better bring it out in 2010, I just bought a new wheel!

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www
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:18:26 AM
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I'll start caring about GT5 when its one month to release as usual. I never cared about FFXIII till its now around the corner. For now, am thinking about getting the games out.

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geovanwitdakick
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:41:21 AM
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I`m siding with Robochic & Scarecrow here. U guys seem to want a mediocre game to be released now. Granted, it's been a while since they started working on it, but that should only be a good thing, as consumers we get the better product. & also the point Scarecrow makes, that the game hasn't had a release date for NA & Europe. Why are we getting mad here, if the delay was only for Japan? Maybe they want a simutaneous release later in the year, since it worked wonders last year with Uncharted 2? I never thought I'd see the day that consumers complain that their product is being worked on & perfected too much...

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tanner1
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:54:21 AM
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Ive given up holding my breath but its on pre order so... I want to know how much money has currently gone into the game in total.

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geovanwitdakick
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:56:17 AM
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Oh & about Mass Effect 2 receiving Uncharted 2-like scores....all the more reason for Bioware/bioware to announce it for PS3. Plus the fact that it sold 2 mill first week.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 7:49:34 AM

Apparently, as of now, game reviewers doesn't give a damn about graphics anymore.

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geovanwitdakick
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 7:08:26 AM
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Bioware/EA I mean, grrr, you guys probably figured that one out.

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G8GTdriver
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 8:55:39 AM
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Ho Hum. I moved my preorder money a long time ago. So now we're looking at MAYBE a year after the statement of "we can launch this at anytime"? Guess that was a stretch.

I hope this is a genuine delay to make the game better(although a delay for 3D would be horse crap IMO) and not just a postponement to time the market for GOTY chances.

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XxNoir
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 9:14:44 AM
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Some people are forgetting the fact that after GT5 releases that there is a likely chance that they wont ever need to purchase another Gran turismo until like...Playstation 4.Agree with scarecrow about PD trying center GT5's release around perfection & i totally understand since this isn't just some random[Madden or smackdown vs raw]yearly release.It is mother fudging gran turismo,the flashship racing game of this generation!

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 10:30:22 AM

Personally I believe that Polyphony would have been better releasing the game a year ago, and then offering a yearly upgrade to the latest version for a nominal $10 fee over PSN. By waiting so long, I think they have dampened enthusiasm for GT5. Since they can deliver incremental upgrades via PSN, this would seem to be better strategy than forever waiting for perfection. WHen GT5 was first announced for PS3 that was more or less the intention. They were going to release the base game with a small number of cars and tracks and then provide more cars and tracks through the PSN along with incremental upgrades to the functionality. GT5 Prologue was supposed to develop this way as well. Though I think that trying to do that along side developing the full game provided more distraction from working on the full game than it was worth.

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DGo8
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 9:16:46 AM
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Juat in time for forza 4...

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Arvis
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 10:13:44 AM
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Come on guys! Let's help them consolidate the PS3 as the console that is large!

-Arvis

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 10:34:23 AM

Well, it is large. Just look at the great hulking thing...oh, wait, the slim is not nearly so large and hulking...

I love the way that the translation left his remarks. It's a more literal translation and less of an interpretation, so we can all get the meaning more directly. Clearly he thinks that GT5 will help propel the PS3 into a leading position against the 360...either that or it's simply going to crush the opposition with it's sheer size and bulk.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 10:32:30 AM
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I dont really care when its released, i just want a date so i can plan accordingly. IF its not out until Nov im going to pick up a copy of Prologue, but im not going to do that in case they announce it will be out in early summer or something. THey are hurting themselves and their customers by not committing to anything.

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 11:39:43 AM
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As much as I'm disappointed in this delay, it may be a smart move by the guys at PD. This is lots of time for the hype to have died down from other racing games (ie Forza 3) When the game finally launches, hopefully there won't be too much competition in this genre at that time.

On the other hand, I'm starting to feel like when the game does finally launch it's going to be renamed Gran Turismo 5: The Duke Nukem Forever Chronicles....

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Banky A
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 @ 4:01:48 AM
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I love you guys but for the sake of my health,I keep having to skip through more than 3/4 of the comments (I usually read all) on GT5 articles. Ben's a machine and isn't going to stop even if it kills me ;)

All I can say is once again I'll can't want when it releases and I'll once again lose all my friends. I don't get pissed off at delays, which I'm grateful for.

:D
Love <3 from your boiii Bankyyy.
x0x0x0... x0x0x0x x0xxxxxx0 xxx0xx!!!

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animalmother
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 @ 9:34:16 AM

Well said again Banky, i dont get pissed at delays, especially since i still love GT5P. Dammit, i have to do some SERIOUS racing after work. We have High Speed Ring @ 800pp points this month with worldwide servers allowing international competition = the real world of GT :)

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telly
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 @ 9:58:04 AM
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Sony would be insane if they let this game slip into 2011. Unleashing this beast during the holiday season is going to give the PS3 an unbeatable weapon to bludgeon the competition with. With respect to the creators, who clearly have the admirable desire of getting as close to perfection as possible, GET IT DONE.

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animalmother
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 9:12:50 AM
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One thing here, we don't need 3D, HD is good enough IMO.

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