We've often said at PSXE that we don't believe Gran Turismo 5 will hit store shelves this year, but in all honesty, the theory is based more on personal preference. …if it does come out this year, it's even less time we'll have!
Last month, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi caused a big stir by saying they could release GT5 "whenever they wanted," and that they were fine-tuning and tweaking the production until it got as close to perfect as humanly possible. Obviously, everyone wanted to believe that this indicated a 2009 launch date, but we've heard no release updates since. One would think Sony has big plans for pushing such a huge PlayStation 3 exclusive, so any legitimate news would come with a big ol' banner headline. However, while we don't have that, we do have a date from Amazon.com , which clearly lists December 29, 2009 as the official launch date for GT5. Now, as PlayStation LifeStyle notes, the fact that December 29 falls on a Tuesday is a good sign; most games do release on that day. Still, it could be just another placeholder date and in fact, it's pretty darn close to 2010. It may seem odd to release a blockbuster the week after Christmas, but it has certainly been done before.
Sony isn't likely to comment on this – they "don't comment on rumor and speculation" – so we're just going to have to wait for the official word. We'll let you know what transpires.
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5