Next to the Grand Theft Auto IV release date announcement, this is easily the biggest release unveiling of 2008 so far: SCEA has issued the final release date and price for Gran Turismo 5: Prologue , so get ready, racing fans!

According to the most recent post over at the PlayStation blog by PR specialist Scott Goryl, Prologue will be available as both Blu-Ray disc (to be purchased at retail) and as a download on the PlayStation Store; both will be priced at $39.99. It will ship on April 17, which may or may not mean the Store version actually hits on the 17th while stores get the Blu-Ray disc on the 18th. While the two versions are identical in price, the BD Prologue will offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes high-def video feature called, "Beyond the Apex." It's basically a little "Making Of" documentary where you'll hear from the guys at Polyphony and see how they went about making this unbelievably realistic driving simulator.

The release date is a little later than we had previously anticipated – mid-March was the best estimate before – but that's okay. It's not that far off, and it should certainly be on your "must-buy" list. For further convincing, check out our hands-on preview of Gran Turismo: Prologue …we couldn't wait, we had to import it. Oh, and still no details on the eventual European release date, but we'll keep our ear to the ground for that.

Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5: Prologue

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