Although we got the mot important news of the year at GamesCom 2009 – the PlayStation 3 price drop – we had also expected to hear that Gran Turismo 5 would launch in 2009.
Well, that didn't happen, and now we turn our anticipatory attention to the Tokyo Game Show, which kicks off towards the end of September. Everyone keeps asking series creator Kazunori Yamauchi about the impending release and the most recent evidence comes from a Japanese Multiplayer interview (as posted at GTPlanet ). In response to the question he must've heard about a million times in the past few months, Yamauchi replied:
"The game is still under development but its release is not too far, it will be after the PSP GT release and, very probably, it will be a simultaneous world release."
Yamauchi goes on to confirm the numbers on the official site – 1000+ cars, 80+ tracks – and also talks about the new damage modeling mechanic, which "some players will like, others will not." It seems there really will be full NASCAR and WRC races in the game, too; we won't just have the vehicles from those special leagues, as some naysayers may have expected. Lastly, Yamauchi once again says we can expect a silky smooth 60 frames per second in beautiful 1080p high definition, which we already knew about…heck, it's what gets us drooling. But this release info is promising; Gran Turismo PSP is slated to launch alongside the PSP Go on October 1, which means we should see GT5 any time after that.
How's about an early December release? Sound good?
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5