Gran Turismo 5 – Christmas 2009!

From a very surprising yet highly reliable source, we’ve got the most likely and realistic Gran Turismo 5 release date!  Sony’s chief executive in southern Europe, James Armstrong, revealed in a statement to Spanish newspaper El Financiero that we can expect the game to arrive (in Europe, at least) Christmas 2009.  Here’s the full translated quote:

For next year, the chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment for southern Europe said that they are developing a new game thriller, in which the player may be designing their own history, and the new version of Gran Turismo, which will arrive at Christmas.

This would provide for a late summer release in Japan, and late fall/early winter releases in the United States and Europe.  From a sales perspective, it would also provide the PlayStation franchise with a major blockbuster release heading into next year’s Christmas season.  What do you think?  Join the discussion in our Gran Turismo 5 forum!

Comments (27)

  1. buickspecial

    how will they make the interior for all cars?, it will be amazing if they pull it off. Also hope for more euro and us classics, why no original mini copper in GT4 but in GT3.

  2. Ryan

    The most highly anticipated game ever bar none.Gran Turismo 5 looks set to smash the market with unprecedented damage,over 900 cars including the awesome “BUGATTI VEYRON”,amazing courses including “LE MANS” and Dunsfold Park home of the legendary “STIG” where you can try top the power lap board on TOPGEAR’S famous “TEST TRACK”.This will be the game to have trust me.

  3. Rick

    Is Gran Turismo going to have the Bugatti Veyron in the offical game. Man I hope so I will be first in line to buy the game.

  4. Tom

    Other racing games like GRID and FORZA are becoming more exciting than GT because they’re realistic. If GT wants to keep up the standard, then they’re going to have to make some big improvements on the realistic parts about the penalties and other things like wheelspin off the line in powerful cars and noises from different types of engines.

  5. Doug

    I just wish in the mean time they’d put the Nurburgring into GT5 prologue. At least that way you could driver the best track, which is interesting all by itself. Prologue is a small game, but if they put in the ‘ring, I’d start driving it again.

  6. Goodwine

    I could care less about damage, I just want a solid game with beatiful graphics, great physics, and alot of cars and tracks. In previous GT titles alot of the reasons for delays was the fact that they kept adding…and adding content. One thing that is possible now that was never possible before is a slightly earlier release followed by slew of downloadable content (which of course may not be fair to some ps3 owners who don’t have a broadband connection…I think dial up still exist, but I’m not sure hehe). I personally would prefer a finished product followed by some downloadable track packs and car packs at a later date.

  7. CarbonRick

    Personally I Agree with Andy.
    Only release it when its ready, 2009 preferably, but I’ll wait til 2010 if needs be!
    Bring back a great simulator.

  8. Alex

    I think early 2010 or late 2009. Screw damage, although Im looking forward to it so online play is not a hassle (people dont take it seriously without damage), its about the engine sounds and REALISTIC performance upgrades. I really want a e46 i6 m3 with that nice sound, and I want it to be able to distinguish a v8 from a v6 or rotary engine instead of those boring engine sounds that they put in gt4, I mean if you put an exhaust system, there should be a huge difference in sound, if you put a supercharger there should be some whine or something. I just think that engine sounds play a HUGE role in determining how a racing game plays, in the prologue they did a good job. If you just want crashes then this game is not for you.

  9. the african

    iz it js me or does that date seem like soooooo far away????????? i neeeed gt5. life daznt make sense without it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Adrian

    I sure do hope that GT5 does indeed come Christmas 2009… I really want to get GT5 before 2010.

    If GT5 hits Europe or Japan in 2009 but the U.S. in 2010, all I’ve got to say is that I’m importing it without a doubt.

    I remember there was an interview with Kazunori Yamauchi not too long ago, and he “laughed at a 2010 release”, so that leads me to believe that it’s going to be released in AT LEAST one territory in 2009 (probably Japan) and that’s good enough for me, but I’m really hoping for a U.S. release in 2009 as well.

    The Gran Turismo series is known for delays, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it got pushed back to Spring 2010.

  11. Andy

    They’re not just working on graphics and engine sounds! I agree that the A.I. need to be completely overhauled and sorted out. And how online races are set up and run need a look at too. This is why it’s taking so long! It’s for those reasons, and the car manufacturers that Polyphony want to include in the game aren’t budging on the contracts they have in place with other game manufacturers. Everyone knows that Ferrari don’t want their cars damaged in-game. They have their reasons, stupid or not. But the fact is Polyphony want to get everything perfect. I want that from game manufacturers. Too many of them now create games for the soul purpose of making money, not making a great game.

    A Christmas 2009 release would be fantastic. But only if the game is ready. If it’s not ready I’d want them to take more time on it. As long as Gran Turismo 5 is the finest game Polyphony can create, I want them to take as much time as they need.

    Oh, and GT for PSP can wait till after GT5. No need for it at the moment really.

  12. Keller

    Right… I’m still waiting for GT for my PSP. I was supposed to have damage in GT5 prologue by now as well. Polyphony Digital is too concerned with the graphics and real life engine sounds. We need physics goof balls!

    It’s 2008. Graphics aren’t cool any more. The cockpit view became irrelevant right about the time I started getting “short cutting” and “collision” penalties for getting rammed by the crap AI in Prologue.

  13. James

    Mmm, can’t wait for the delay announcement! :D

    But, just for the sake of balancing out my pessimism, I’ll set that GT5 2009 image as my wallpaper.

    …And pray. A lot.

  14. bobzombie

    oh well , looks like ill have too wait a year for a PS3 ”release title”

    i quess im gona go pick up a 360 and forza too kill time till next Xmas

  15. WNDWLCKR3000

    yes that makes sense, if you see gt5 as a pyramid that is // i expect it to arrive in japan around christmas and europe can wait until begin second quarter of 2010 .

  16. MurerDK

    whatever!! we have being waiting for so long so why not xmas09.. hope they make a hell of a game that blows everything seeing so far. we need a desent racing game (realistic) to the ps3 now!!

  17. Sentry

    If this date is true, it wouldn’t be far fetched to assume it could be delayed… which I think it will, probably a spring 2010 release, or at its latest a summer 2010 release… also I think the other title he was talking about was Heavy Rain, maybe not though.

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