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.

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  1. Nov. 1, 5:39am
    Belga-racing

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

  2. Oct. 28, 5:15pm
    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. Oct. 28, 1:35pm
    drtweety

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

  4. Oct. 28, 1:34pm
    ken_b

    blasphemy!!

  5. Oct. 28, 1:26pm
    wielebny

    2012 ? lol, game over …world ……

  6. Oct. 28, 12:18pm
    ken_b

    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. Oct. 28, 11:40am
    gast1976

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

  8. Oct. 28, 11:38am
    marchy

    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. Oct. 28, 11:35am
    Johan

    40 days left. maybe

  10. Oct. 28, 9:48am
    Magic Ayrton

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

  11. Oct. 28, 8:45am
    Foxiol

    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. Oct. 28, 8:08am
    Lilday

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

  13. Oct. 28, 7:29am
    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. Oct. 28, 7:23am
    matteo

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

  15. Oct. 28, 6:55am
    MMGT

    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.

    • Oct. 28, 7:03am
      Magic Ayrton

      Thanks…

  16. Oct. 28, 6:45am
    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. Oct. 28, 6:34am
    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.

    • Oct. 28, 7:13am
      Magic Ayrton

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

  18. Oct. 28, 6:29am
    Stune

    This sounds about right to me

  19. Oct. 28, 5:13am
    Belga-racing

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

    • Oct. 28, 6:06am
      The_Rpg_Moogle

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

      But I’m going to do exactly the same!

    • Oct. 29, 4:15pm
      BWX

      WTF?? :-/

  20. Oct. 28, 5:06am
    Sean S

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

    • Oct. 28, 5:53am
      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. Oct. 28, 4:59am
    Mubble

    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. Oct. 28, 4:49am
    NBH

    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. Oct. 28, 4:03am
    DrTrouserPlank

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

    • Oct. 28, 4:53am
      Joe J

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

    • Oct. 28, 4:54am
      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. Oct. 28, 3:54am
    ddl8

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

    • Oct. 28, 4:09am
      Andre

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

    • Oct. 28, 9:40am
      Paulo

      Viva Portugal

  25. Oct. 28, 3:30am
    moonman79

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

    • Oct. 28, 8:51am
      occasionalracer

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

  26. Oct. 28, 3:30am
    Gulyo

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

  27. Oct. 28, 3:18am
    Sasek

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

  28. Oct. 28, 3:17am
    djKyoto

    December 9th isn’t a Thursday…

    • Oct. 28, 3:27am
      RacingFreak

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

  29. Oct. 28, 3:08am
    TRC IVORBIGUN

    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. Oct. 28, 3:02am
    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.

    • Oct. 28, 8:48am
      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. Oct. 28, 2:44am
    Razor

    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. Oct. 28, 2:40am
    P3nT4gR4m

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

  33. Oct. 28, 2:35am
    gtone339

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

  34. Oct. 28, 2:31am
    Mango

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

  35. Oct. 28, 2:17am
    Samelborp

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

  36. Oct. 28, 1:32am
    White & Nerdy

    December?

    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. Oct. 28, 1:06am
    Jay

    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. Oct. 28, 1:06am
    King Goeres

    My GT5releasedateconfirmation is tingeling.

    • Oct. 28, 3:23am
      Spaghettimonster

      xD

  39. Oct. 28, 1:03am
    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. Oct. 28, 12:54am
    RobGroove

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

    • Oct. 28, 3:22am
      Spaghettimonster

      sounded juuust a little like wishful thinking. ;-)

  41. Oct. 28, 12:51am
    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!

    • Oct. 28, 12:52am
      RobGroove

      :D lol

  42. Oct. 28, 12:40am
    Zmann42087

    damn straight.

  43. Oct. 28, 12:36am
    pasigiri

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

  44. Oct. 28, 12:29am
    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. Oct. 28, 12:23am
    kilzonestrife

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

    • Oct. 28, 1:07am
      Dunavantj

      GT the ultimate waiting simulator!

    • Oct. 28, 2:52am
      Spacegoat

      ^LOL.

    • Oct. 28, 3:21am
      Spaghettimonster

      absolutely the best comment on facebook ive read in a long time as well. :)))

    • Oct. 28, 9:43am
      Skidmark

      +1

    • Nov. 3, 12:58pm
      rydeen

      ^The Real Delay Simulator

  46. Oct. 28, 12:15am
    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.

    • Oct. 28, 12:37am
      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. Oct. 28, 12:08am
    Robinfeel

    December 7th 1941..is that a coincidence..?

    • Oct. 28, 12:12am
      GT35

      Pearl harbor??

    • Oct. 28, 12:26am
      terminator363

      I don’t care, let’s not delay it for another reason :D

    • Oct. 28, 11:00am
      whiteman

      same thing crossed my mind, sure it is lol

  48. Oct. 28, 12:08am
    Phil

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

  49. Oct. 28, 12:04am
    TheGranVette

    knock on wood

  50. Oct. 27, 11:52pm
    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. Oct. 27, 11:47pm
    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. Oct. 27, 11:38pm
    Instrumental

    Stop playin with my emotions Sony!
    :)

    • Oct. 27, 11:48pm
      GT35

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

    • Oct. 28, 1:07am
      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

    • Oct. 28, 3:19am
      Spaghettimonster

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

  53. Oct. 27, 11:38pm
    GT35

    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. Oct. 27, 11:37pm
    Sharky

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

  55. Oct. 27, 11:27pm
    GT35

    I’m ready!! No more bs please..

  56. Oct. 27, 11:21pm
    grbmrdj

    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?

    • Oct. 28, 12:40am
      Jordan

      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. Oct. 27, 11:20pm
    TJ31

    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. Oct. 27, 11:13pm
    Buddy

    That box looks cool..

  59. Oct. 27, 11:11pm
    VYPA-SQUAD_Ace

    Please let this be true..

  60. Oct. 27, 11:11pm
    damirgt

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

    • Oct. 27, 11:14pm
      Jordan

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

    • Oct. 27, 11:20pm
      Sigmaviper11

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

    • Oct. 28, 12:25am
      Dale

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

    • Oct. 28, 12:57am
      devedander

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

    • Oct. 28, 1:54am
      jimantonic

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

    • Oct. 28, 4:41am
      Joe J

      At least the site owner fixed the mistake ;-)

    • Oct. 28, 1:08pm
      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. Oct. 27, 11:11pm
    wsoul

    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. Oct. 27, 11:09pm
    SlapHappyFranky

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

  63. Oct. 27, 11:09pm
    GT

    Gran Turismo 5 release date updated to December 9th

  64. Oct. 27, 11:03pm
    FORZA_SUCKS

    Sweet…

  65. Oct. 27, 11:02pm
    Adam

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

    • Oct. 27, 11:03pm
      Sigmaviper11

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

    • Oct. 28, 3:27am
      Andre

      @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 ;-)

      Cheers

    • Oct. 28, 5:47am
      Kaaosherra

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

    • Oct. 28, 11:36am
      pudge

      “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.

    • Oct. 28, 11:59am
      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.

    • Oct. 28, 5:12pm
      Cachaito

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

    • Oct. 28, 10:44pm
      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. Oct. 27, 11:01pm
    Sigmaviper11

    Wow, really?

    • Oct. 27, 11:31pm
      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.

    • Oct. 27, 11:58pm
      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.

    • Oct. 28, 2:50am
      trk29

      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.

    • Oct. 28, 3:15am
      Sasek

      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. :)

    • Oct. 28, 11:12am
      ICEMANZIDANE

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

    • Oct. 28, 2:34pm
      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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