Gran Turismo News Expected from GamesCom Today

August 18th, 2009 by Jordan Greer

gamescom-logoAll eyes of the gaming world are on Cologne, Germany, as Sony holds a massive three-hour long press conference today.  The star of the show is widely rumored to be a new “PS3 Slim”, designed to replace the PlayStation 3 at a lower price point to drive sales.  However, three hours is a terribly long time to talk about just one new device, and we’ve heard that Gran Turismo 5 news will also be coming out of the show.  Nothing is guaranteed, however, and it would be wise to not expect too much to be revealed about GT5 before GT PSP hits store shelves on October 1st.  With that said, it would certainly be a great opportunity for Sony to reveal another trailer for the game while committing to solid a release date.

Sony’s conference begins today, August 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM in Cologne, Germany, 5:00 PM in London, and 12:00 PM in New York (click here to find out what time this will be in your area).  The GTPlanet News Blog will be updated immediately if/when Gran Turismo information is announced. Keep an eye on the clock, and your finger on that GTPlanet bookmark (we’ll be posting live updates on Twitter and Facebook, too)!

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  1. Aug. 18, 4:14pm

    @ Kazunori Yummy muchi –

    Kinda stupid coming on a GT site and telling everyone to forget GT5!!

    And where is your knowledge that forza 3 is better coming from as neither game has been released yet!! Though I’m assuming that automatically know it’s better because you’re an xbox fanboi

    But if you want my opinion – a plate of vomit has more visual appeal than forza 3!!!

    I thank you.

  2. Aug. 18, 3:48pm

    Toronto? No, it’s in Cologne, Germany.

  3. Aug. 18, 3:47pm

    Hey, Jordan is this thing gonna be in Toronto?

  4. Aug. 18, 3:23pm

    Just hoping for porsche to be in the game. :)

    & Porsche – make it happen.

  5. Aug. 18, 3:14pm
    Kazunori Yummy muchi

    forget GT5 my fellow fans

    this game is horrible

    go ahead and play Forza 3

    best simulator yet

  6. Aug. 18, 3:06pm
    Kazunori Yummy muchi

    it’ll be there my friends, i promise

  7. Aug. 18, 2:59pm

    good goood

  8. Aug. 18, 2:39pm

    Anyone speaks japanese here ? Apparently, a demo of GT5 wil be at the gamescom. It seems that Famitsu confirms that. here’s the scan :

    A GT5 stand confirmed :

  9. Aug. 18, 2:34pm

    Sorry wrong link here is the video

  10. Aug. 18, 2:32pm

    It’s 99% sure now!
    In this video at 1:30 you see many playable GT-seats!!

  11. Aug. 18, 2:27pm

    Guys, Sony does have a surprise for all of us GT fans. If you want it to remain surprise till official announcment then DONT watch this – This is “spy” video from excibition hall of gamescom where we can see… Guess what?

  12. Aug. 18, 2:19pm

    Mad Mike is right about the playable version of GT5 at the show so there should defenitly be footage we haven’t seen and there should be a spokesperson possibly at the GT booth answering questions which should be very well chosen words.

  13. Aug. 18, 2:17pm
    Mad Mike

    Probably here –

    its start at 4:30pm to 7:30 pm;-) Keep an eye on it

  14. Aug. 18, 2:05pm

    “Black Chamber Says:
    August 18th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I’m sure they will present GT5 in some form – I mean EVERYONE is talking about this. GamesCom could be the moment we have all been waiting 5 years for – if not, then it’s the Tokyo Game Show. Fingers crossed though for GamesCom!”

    Hell yeah! :) :) :) :) :)

  15. Aug. 18, 2:03pm
    El Drifto

    New trailer and more information, plus the December 1 release date…I wish.
    2 hours to go, but I’m off to bed as it’s 12 am.

    Hopefully I wake up to some great news!

  16. Aug. 18, 2:02pm

    They better give us something to talk about or im flying out to Germany an im gonna run Kaz over in a Porsche.

  17. Aug. 18, 1:58pm

    By the way, GT5 should be confirmed for today.

  18. Aug. 18, 1:57pm

    where do i find a livestream of the Sony conference?

  19. Aug. 18, 1:54pm

    Here is the new ps3 slim

    they say that it real, but do not believe anyone who says something

  20. Aug. 18, 1:47pm
    Canadian STIG

    Photo of “claimed” playable GT5 (link below)

    Video link displaying play pods for Gran Turismo (PSP) and Gran Turismo 5, presumably…$1319635.htm

  21. Aug. 18, 1:46pm
    Black Chamber

    I’m sure they will present GT5 in some form – I mean EVERYONE is talking about this. GamesCom could be the moment we have all been waiting 5 years for – if not, then it’s the Tokyo Game Show. Fingers crossed though for GamesCom!

  22. Aug. 18, 1:43pm
    Canadian STIG

    @ Mad Mike: Your not as mad as you claim yourself to be!!!

    ” According to Japanese magazine Express, Polyphony Digital’s PlayStation 3 game Gran Turismo 5 will be playable at GamesCom in Cologne, Germany. The article is mostly about Gran Turismo on PSP, but a small box features Gran Turismo 5, titled “PS3 GT5 Playable,” and reads: “GT5 will be playable at Gamescom and next will be at Tokyo Game Show.” Though we’d like to take this as a rumour for now, Sony is expected to announce a release date for the game later today during their conference. The appearance of a playable GT5 has been confirmed by a YouTube walkthrough of GamesCom’s show floor by Brian Crecente of Kotaku – you’ll spot a load of GT5 demo pods at 1.30 minutes:”

  23. Aug. 18, 1:42pm

    a news story about the possibility of a news story.. times are hard

  24. Aug. 18, 1:36pm
  25. Aug. 18, 1:29pm

    Just found this movie:
    it shows more than 25 demopods so what Mad Mika said can be true :-)

  26. Aug. 18, 1:21pm
    Mad Mike

    Guys I’ve just read a news on N4G and they says that probably will be a playable version of GT5!!! Hope they right.Only few hours left and we’ll see

    Sorry for my gramma & Greetings from Polish fan of GT

  27. Aug. 18, 12:58pm

    Haha; I’m so excited! Even as a kid I never got this excited about getting a release date.

  28. Aug. 18, 12:58pm

    Haha; I’m so excited! Even sa a id I never got this excited about getting a release date.

  29. Aug. 18, 12:40pm
    Canadian STIG

    I think I speak on behalf of everyone here when I see all I want is a release date, something to circle on a calendar whether it were in 2009 or 10′. A trailer or pics or even, dare I say it, INFO would be nice but that might be asking for to much at the moment, or is it?

  30. Aug. 18, 12:38pm

    GT5 Is playable at gamescom :o


    Nice find by the members in the forums ;)

  31. Aug. 18, 12:36pm

    Now, this is interesting… About 1:30 into the video… I don’t think they’ll be demonstrating GT PSP using steering wheels… :-)

  32. Aug. 18, 12:15pm

    The PS3 Slim will be announced along with the fact that GT5 will be a launch title – release date September 25th 2009. That is my (very crazy and overly optimistic) prediction…

  33. Aug. 18, 11:35am

    From wikipeadia: Notable
    Exhibitors: 2009
    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have announced a press conference on Tuesday 18 August. Their lineup includes highly acclaimed exclusives Heavy Rain, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, God of War III, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, GRAN TURISMO 5 and MAG. Along with announcements for applications such as PlayStation Home, VidZone and the PlayStation Store. They are also showing the new PSP Go hardware along with its new catalogue of games.

    I know its wikipeadia but I’ll take anything at this point.

  34. Aug. 18, 11:26am

    Hmmm, maybe tamagochi is gonna tell us that there is à delay… Its not the 1st time… Ill Hope for better news but there is no thrust in PD annymore…

  35. Aug. 18, 10:48am

    I woudn’t be suprised if there isn’t any GT news to push the PSPGO sales.

    If they announce the release date today (assuming it’s nov/dec), maybe less people will buy GT for the PSP because they’ll only have to wait for 2 more months.

    So I woudn’t be suprised if Sony doesn’t want any GT5 announcement.

  36. Aug. 18, 10:39am

    I’ll check it out tomorrow on Wednesday

  37. Aug. 18, 10:11am

    I would like to see Mclaren F1 LM or GTR a”m big fan off this car!!! AND GIVE AS RELEASE DATE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Aug. 18, 10:04am

    Just wondering why gtplanet didn’t bother reporting about the official unveiling of the g27. After all the rumours that was posted here, the final confirmation has gone without any mention at all.

  39. Aug. 18, 9:40am

    Let’s just say that my hopes are high (to get some more info on GT5) but my expectations low :-)

  40. Aug. 18, 9:37am

    i live in sydney, and sonys conference starts at 2:00 AM wed morning. iam gonna wake up for it yESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
    and i will be here in GTPLANET for all the updates…

    P.S. anyone knows where to watch it. or get instant updates on it besides GTPLANET.

  41. Aug. 18, 9:24am

    All I’ve ever wanted is a simple WAN/LAN multiplayer setup so I can race my friends on my favourite GT track, sadly I dont have my hopes up at all, but lets see what happens.

    It’s really irritating that FM3 seems to have a highly configurable multiplayer mode – as I’m the only one in my group of friends with a 360 & PS3.

    In my opinion, Graphics aside, even Forza Motorsport 2’s physics seem superior to GT5p – which is sad.

    C’mon ‘The Real Driving Simulator’ give us a release date, and something that proves you’re worth buying over the competition. (It’s TECHNICAL FEATURES – not oodles of pretty content that we want!)

  42. Aug. 18, 8:49am

    To be honest I don’t know what more PD could give us, maybe clear up some details? Like if damage will be on road cars etc. Hopefully they can give us a longer trailer featuring some gameplay this time.

  43. Aug. 18, 8:31am

    I’m pretty sure GT5 will be announced at TGS. But anyway cross fingers for Cologne!

  44. Aug. 18, 7:40am


    Yea your right they didn’t promise to us that they were gonna show something but, KY did say that the game is at a point were they could release it at any time…. So I am expecting something atleast…. some features announced, Online, Parts, Something

    To me for KY to say that and not show anything later on today would be ludicrous.

    P.S. Dont forget he said that they will announced the release date soon, So maybe Today

  45. Aug. 18, 7:33am

    Gamescom don’t let us down now! ;)

  46. Aug. 18, 7:22am

    Not too psyched for the conference. I will be more than pleased if we just get another tidbit. Like some other exotic car we haven’t seen yet, or a little more detail on damage, maybe how many R34 Skylines we’ll get this time around :) That would please me, but I wouldn’t be angry if we didn’t get anything. It’s not like they’ve come out officially and said that we will.

  47. Aug. 18, 6:32am

    After listening to beyond (IGN podcast…. BEYYYYYOND) they reckon that even though the conference room has been booked out for 3 hours, the conference will only go for about an hour and a half, with the other hour and a half for sign in, and getting people sorted out before hand, and then general milling around after the conference.

  48. Aug. 18, 5:51am

    More like a b-day present for me, hehe. >:)

  49. Aug. 18, 5:32am

    Well hey that will be ok with me then Jordan! Some news is better then no news!

  50. Aug. 18, 5:29am

    Don’t let me be a buzzkill, Bodman, but this might be a bit more like “Thanksgiving Dinner” than Christmas morning! It’s like one of those holidays that was always great, but really just gets you thinking about all those presents right around the corner… ;)

  51. Aug. 18, 5:25am

    I can’t believe it’s not live on G4. Isn’t that supposed to be THE video game network?! poppy-cock!

  52. Aug. 18, 5:20am

    Being from the U.S and in the central time zone, I will feel like a kid on Christmas morning. Will wake up around 11…maybe 12 and go right for the GT5 news, hoping for a nice surprise.

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