Erm…this is new. We haven't heard anything about a possible beta test for Gran Turismo 5 but if this pic is accurate, it appears Polyphony Digital is indeed planning a testing period for the hotly anticipated simulation racer.
We're not entirely sure of the direct source , but the picture on the screen before us is relatively clear. Well, we are getting online play for the very first time in the franchise's history, and it truly is a massive title, so a beta test wouldn't be seen as bizarre. On the other hand, we haven't even heard the slightest whisper about a GT5 beta, which instantly makes us skeptical. In looking at the entire situation, we have to call bogus on this one (although it's still possible): thing is, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue , while not a beta test, does exist for a reason, and none of Kazunori Yamauchi's comments have hinted at anything but a nearly completed project. He did recently say he'd want to see "how the fans responded" to the damage modeling system they're preparing for the game, which implies we'd play it and then Polyphony would revise it accordingly. That could be construed as a beta, I guess. But beyond that, the evidence is falling the other way; betas are hard to keep under wraps these days, especially when it comes to ginormous titles.
Besides, we're still clinging to the ol' Yamauchi gem, "we can release GT5 whenever we want." We like to believe in that.
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5