Sony Australia Hints at GT5’s New December Release Date

October 27th, 2010 by Jordan

On October 6th, Sony launched a giveaway competition for a free Gran Turismo 5: Signature Edition package. Since that time, the competition was set to end on the old Australian release date, November 4th. That end date has remained unchanged (confirmed by Google’s cache) – until now. The legal terms and conditions have just been quitely updated to list a new ending date of December 9th.

I will be first to remind you this is not an official announcement or confirmation of a new release date for Gran Turismo 5. However, it is the first specific new date related to the game which has been found on any Sony website, and December 9th is a Thursday. Australia’s old date, November 4th, is also a Thursday – the day of the week typically reserved for big video game releases Down Under.

Assuming Sony plans to keep the same sequential worldwide release schedule for GT5, we could estimate a December 8th release in Europe/Japan and a December 7th release in North America. Obviously, these dates are also a Wednesday and Tuesday – the same as the original November dates. Furthermore, these dates fall at the tail end of Sony’s internal release date window, provided to me by a trusted source shortly after the delay was announced.

As you may recall, Sony was quick to reassure us the game would arrive “this holiday season” and announced they “expect” to confirm a new date before the end of October. Time is running out, as there are only two weekdays left in October as of writing – let’s hope the updated terms of this contest are an early indication the veil is about to be lifted.

Thanks to GTPlanet’s sharp-eyed reader GTR12 for picking this up!

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  1. Belga-racing

    i think someone just lost the only mastercopy and they have to start from scratch

  2. SavageEvil

    By now most of you people should have grown up and quit complaining. Every bit of news about GT5 and turns into a b@tch fest about giving us a date. Seriously, put on a new LP, sounding like a broken record. Get over yourselves, you should have a lot of things going on in your life, that when you get this game you will be playing it for years considering the average adult has less time to devote to mammoth games.

    As long as Gamestop calls me when the game is released and they have my Collectors Edition, I have no reason to whine, whimper or throw tantrums.

  3. drtweety

    9.12 of 2010 is also a release date used by a really good czech store, so i hope its THE date

  4. blasphemy!!

  5. wielebny

    2012 ? lol, game over …world ……

  6. I’d love to see Sony confirm 12/7 for the N. American date by tomorrow. That would be cool..,will be even cooler when 12/7 arrives and game is in hand! come on Sony, throw a dog a bone!!

  7. gast1976

    What about the french game show?
    no news ?
    The end of october is near , remember you promisse PD :-)

  8. I received an e-mail a few days ago from CD Universe in CA, where I ordered online for the US version GT5 Collector`s Edition. It stated the new shipping date as Dec.7th.

  9. 40 days left. maybe

  10. Magic Ayrton

    Knowing GT5 we will get it JUST before Xmas if at all this year.

  11. Yes, could be a good date…i said 2 days ago that could be on november 30th…or december 6…but just for say something and that date could be the one…and for Europe could be 2 days early so… december 7th…not confirm but i like it…

  12. The original UK date was a Friday. So I guess this would mean December 10th for the UK.

  13. Watevaman

    If December 7th is indeed the date they have in mind, it’s both horrible and awesome for me.

    Horrible, as that’s the week before finals. Awesome, as once finals are over, I’ve got a month to play nonstop.

  14. 8th December is holiday in Italy and other european countries :(

  15. If that release date is true then I’d be absolutely pleased! Why? Because look at how October’s just passed by without us knowing, November will be just the same! Trust me it’ll be out before you know it.

  16. Magic Ayrton

    So called original Release date would have been a week tomorrow.. Just stop to think about THAT!

    Now we have that extra month to think about it too maybe longer :(

  17. brettjr25

    Don’t care! If you guys learned anything from all this, then you should know the only important announcement is when they say GT5 has gone golden, nothing more nothing less.

    • Magic Ayrton

      You are so right, nothing is guarenteed until you’re using it!

  18. This sounds about right to me

  19. Belga-racing

    for the first time in years I’ll be placing a shoe, a lump of sugar and a carrot near the chimney.

    • The_Rpg_Moogle

      Belga I don’t think many people here have heard of Sinterklaas…:)

      But I’m going to do exactly the same!

    • WTF?? :-/

  20. Soooo, let me get this straight… 2 of the biggest games (ever?) are going to release on the same day?

    • DrTrouserPlank

      I assume you are refering to Ball of Doodie: Black flops? which is actually coming out in November, not December.

      Either way GT5 will outsell the combined total sales of Generic shooter number 693 on both the 360 and the PS3 so there’s nothing for them to worry about there.

  21. A Novemeber release was never going to happen. I can’t believe some of you were still hoping for that. 2011 seemed more likely. Any hint of a December release is good news.

  22. Just got a DFGT wheel and December suits me fine as after playing GT with a pad ever since GT1 I need to do some serious practicing before I get GT5.

    I remember hoping GT5 would be out for my birthday last year so fingers crossed for early December this year.

  23. DrTrouserPlank

    an the UK gets it last as usual (the 10th)…..

    • um…by 24 hours. Not a life or death difference.

    • DrTrouserPlank

      It’s more the principle that they have actively chosen to make it the last release of all the regions. They could just have easily chosen to release them all on the same day.

  24. french amazon got also 8 december and 20 december as available dates.

    • 8 December is a national holiday in Portugal, so I wouldn’t bet on that release date for Europe…

    • Viva Portugal

  25. moonman79

    HMMM just went to my local “seven eleven”
    and they had boxes for GT5 and the original release date!!!!

    • occasionalracer

      Seven Eleven?? Are you talking about the Schick promotion “Isle stand boxes” or what?

  26. Fu***ng PD and Sony !!! They play with us !!!

  27. Damn, I hope this will be the final release date of the game.

  28. djKyoto

    December 9th isn’t a Thursday…

    • RacingFreak

      …actually it is..maybe you looked at the wrong month?


    If this is correct the UK release would actually be the 10th Dec and not the 8th as a majority of games are always released on a Friday in the UK. I did post in the “GT5 is delayed” thread that the likely dates would be either Dec 3rd or 10th so lets hope this date is correct.

  30. madaz75

    All this makes me wonder how badly affected initial GT5 sales will be due to the later release date.
    Since with many other games being released during the “Holiday Season”, and no Confirmed release on GT5. People may spend their Gaming Budget elsewhere on other titles.

    I also seriously hope Sony have a Simultaneous World Wide release, and not ‘post pone’ release in Non Japan/US markets to “Meet Demands”.

    Europe and Australia will import copies from The US if they get told they won’t get it untill March 2011.
    Which would really hurt sales in the local markets.

    • occasionalracer

      While some will argue this is increasing the general publics interest in the game and drive sales up, I see a major loss from casual gamers and parents buying their kids a racing game around the holiday shopping season. But you can’t forget that this whole delay is to release the game on the new firmware to protect themselves from piracy. No matter what, they got the true GT fans in a bag.

  31. And I will repeate one more time, what I recieved from UK online shop: “…As you may already be aware, the UK release date for Gran Turismo 5 has changed to Dec-2010.” December might be the new date.

  32. P3nT4gR4m

    So the news is there’s still no release date?

  33. gtone339

    Not going to buy a logitech driving force GT until there’s an official release date for GT5.

  34. I’m not going to believe their release date until I have Gran Turismo 5 in my PS3.

  35. Samelborp

    This would confirm the December 8th date that Pixmania Spain is giving here.

  36. White & Nerdy


    It’s not as bad as ’11 but really… why not late November! I was supposed to have my Collector’s Edition in the system and running by the end of next week! ARGH!

  37. I’m surprised they’re waiting that long if those dates are true. You would think they’d try to get the game out before Black Friday.

  38. King Goeres

    My GT5releasedateconfirmation is tingeling.

  39. GTbyPlaystation

    I love how Sony Australia is teasing us with release dates that are relevant to Gran Turismo 5, however not confirmed XD
    Australia is getting their fair share of the news on the GTPlanet website, rather than being all European and American-based.

  40. RobGroove

    OOps…. actually that works out as the 10th of December UK (my bad)

    • Spaghettimonster

      sounded juuust a little like wishful thinking. ;-)

  41. RobGroove

    The release date in the UK was the 5th of November, that’s a Friday not a Wednesday which would make the Uk release December 7th.

    this would make more sense as its my birthday on the 6th and i usually get my games a day early…. Perfect!

  42. Zmann42087

    damn straight.

  43. pasigiri

    This isn’t confirmed so unpucker those anus’s.

  44. kilzonestrife

    Still,I consider what Sony has done as foolish and inconsiderate.sorry for any1 going on holiday,now you can sit by your mailbox waiting for Gt5 instead

  45. kilzonestrife

    December…is BS! The wait is driving me insane!

  46. TheGranVette

    I just noticed something too though. When you look at the legal stuff, it states the WINNER will be chosen December 13th. I don’t know if they were going to chosen after the original date. Any Australian users know anything more than I do? I live in the US, so I’m not as sure as others.

    • VYPA-SQUAD_Ace

      I just read that too. Would that mean that the game’s “release date” will be December 9th-AUS/December 7th-US and the winner will have to wait a few days before getting contacted or the game’s “release date” be December 14th in the U.S.?

  47. Robinfeel

    December 7th that a coincidence..?

  48. Damnit :( I’m away during that week and can’t pick up my preorder :(

  49. TheGranVette

    knock on wood

  50. Louie_Schumii

    Just out of curiosity – what are the questions for the competition?

    I can’t see them because they won’t let my PSN through (not an AUS account).

  51. Dunavantj

    It’s 1 o’clock on Thursday in Tokyo now so you do you think the release date will be announced while we sleep or on Friday?

  52. Instrumental

    Stop playin with my emotions Sony!

    • lol, they r acting like a stuck-up hot chick.. all I want is a lil action pd. GIVE IT UP

    • Brucie B

      Haha seriously…just act like you don’t want it, and it’ll be on the shelves begging you to play it by tomorrow:D

    • Spaghettimonster

      muhahaha. so true. you know what – you might be correct with gt as well. :D

  53. I hope they pull it a week earlier to my bday!! That would be a nice lil gift for me (and all of us) ;^)

  54. This would also tie into Sony Australia stating guaranteed delivery of the 3DTV/GT5 bundle by Christmas…

  55. I’m ready!! No more bs please..

  56. Sorry, what was that about google confirming what? I genuinely didn’t understand. But I googled gt5 release date, and i got 2010. Can they please stop being so specific?

    • Google’s cache of the page (it’s just a saved copy of what the page used to look like) confirms that, as of October 25th, November 4th was still listed as the ending date of the competition. I only included it in the post above to show the date has just recently been changed.

  57. I really hope that GT5 will be released somewhere by early december, so yeah, awesome news.
    Now let’s hope that Sony/PD will keep their promise and give us official release date in 2 days.

  58. That box looks cool..

  59. VYPA-SQUAD_Ace

    Please let this be true..

  60. 2 weeks of october left? Is’nt it 1 week left?

    • I said there are “two week days” left in October, this Thursday and Friday.

    • Sigmaviper11

      So, is the Paris thing done with already? Or is there still Sony stage time to make an announcement?

    • No. I’m not sure when it ends, but I hear Sony has a big announcement Friday.

    • devedander

      I believe in this case the proper word is actually “weekday” and “week day” isn’t actually correct.

    • jimantonic

      devendander, try running this site and see if you make any grammatical mistakes.

    • At least the site owner fixed the mistake ;-)

    • Devedander

      @jimantonic What’s your point? I am not saying it’s the end of the world or anything… just pointing out a clarification on a point of contention.

  61. Well, glad to hear they are shooting for within this year still. Hope they can do it too, cause I just finished paying off my preorder.

  62. SlapHappyFranky

    Looks sweet but until I have the game in my hand I just dont believe. LOL

  63. Gran Turismo 5 release date updated to December 9th



  65. Sigh, they better stick to their word this time. I’m sick n tired of the crap they’ve been pulling.

    • Sigmaviper11

      I wouldn’t count it as anything yet. Until they actually say something, I’d say keep going like nothing was ever said.

    • @Sigmaviper11 Hummm… Do you really think that “their” word really counts?!? :-) Who cares what Sony and PD have to say about a release date? They just keep changing it!

      What I really want to hear is the word from some big retailer saying they have their copies ready for delivery ;-)


    • Kaaosherra

      They haven’t been pulling crap, they’ve been making a game. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

    • “Sigh, they better stick to their word this time. I’m sick n tired of the crap they’ve been pulling.”

      They missed exactly ONE announced release date (despite popular belief, there never was another release date announced before the Nov. 2, 2010 date), and it was apparently because they missed the production deadline by a few days. Unfortunately, those few days meant significantly more time to wait because of other schedules.

      This is nothing to get worked up about.

    • HugoStiglitz_420

      @pudge dude, delaying it is one thing but they delayed it 3 weeks before release! THAT’S REDICULOUS & unprofessional. This is sony’s fault not PD’s. 3 days is nothing. Whatever was next in line like bluray movies are not going to sell more copies & certainly won’t make as much money. They could have shortened production runs of other product & continued later. Sony did this to pull some BS marketing scheme to help 3D sales but it’s not going to work any better. I’ll still buy GT5 as long as it’s out before christmas but I’ve it with Sony.

    • Cachaito

      Its a myth, gt5 is just a myth! Once I came to peace with this, life much easier!

    • Sigmaviper11

      @Andre I think you miss understood me. I said keep going like nothing was ever said. That this shouldn’t really count for anything as its not even a confirmed dat let alone, stores saying, hay we have it. In the mean time, its not the only game in the box. You have no choice but to wait it out.

  66. Sigmaviper11

    Wow, really?

    • organ-donor

      I was hoping for a November release but I guess later is better than never. I’m still annoyed they are waiting until the last possible second of October to announce the new release date.

    • Jakemania

      Agreed organ. I think it’s a big mistake not to release it on or before Black Friday/Cyber Monday. With the right advertising, they could sell a lot of copies on BF/CM that they won’t if they release it later.

    • You never know they could give the US a release before black friday and let the rest of the world get it after, that way if they are only able to print som many discs that window could be used to print the rest for the remainder of the countries. Who knows.

    • Not bad. I was hoping somewhere within the next Monday, December 13th, good I hope the date will be final date and I play the game before weekend. :)


      i said 2-4 weeks later and yeah 2nd november +4 weeks …XD

    • FlareKR

      If they put it on that date, it’s going to flop. Only last minute shoppers (and us) are gonna buy it. If they want to sell, either the Tuesday on the week of Thanksgiving, before that, or forget about it. The Nov.2nd date was perfect as it was, the whole coding or printing issue, what ever the F it is, has ruined the prospects for GT5 to sell well.

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