So approaching the very end of my Gran Turismo 5 preview, I come to the part where I need to give you the release date of the game. Knowing full well nothing concrete has been set for North America, out of sheer curiosity I wanted to see what date retailers are listing the game with. Amazon has March 31st 2010, but interestingly enough GameStop says February 2nd. Now, I highly, highly doubt the game will make an early February release, maybe late February, but that still feels like a bit of a stretch. Now, since the announcement of a March 2010 release, many have called Sony crazy for releasing two of their biggest game franchises within the same month.

I happen to disagree, as I don't see anything wrong. Why? Simple. The people who will buy God of War III are most likely not the same gamer who's into Gran Turismo 5. Sure, there will be many that overlap, but that's the hardcore gamer who will buy both games. Regardless, I think even the non-hardcore will find a way to get both games into their library, and having so much energy focused around the PlayStation 3 during that time should do nothing but help sales of the console even more.

Anyway, digression aside, I then decided to see what the pending release date for God of War III is. Sony had originally announced it for a March 31st release…which they've now bumped back one day to April 1st, a Thursday. Odd. But it may be because Sony wants to place all of God of War's success into their fiscal 2010 books, as opposed to FY2009, which ends March 31st for Sony. So what could this mean? We're not entirely sure. We can only assume it seems like Sony's trying to partially split the sales of Gran Turismo 5 into two fiscal years by releasing it in March. And we know it'll work well since GT games are historically known for their enormous momentum in sales – meaning sales don't stagnate a week after the game comes out; the games progressively keep on selling with healthy numbers for months. God of War is a slightly different beast, that, while also being a massive powerhouse in sales, tends to make a good majority of its sales in the first month.

Just stating a little observation here, is all. Talking out loud, while also informing you of a one day delay for God of War III.

Related Game(s): God of War III

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Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

Wow, I hope Sony know what they're doing. I for one plan to get both games but we will have to wait and see.

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
11 years ago

the reason they moved it to FY2010 is because it'll be easier to track the amount of ass kicking that GoW3 will do!!!

Cavan
Cavan
11 years ago

defo getting both of these games my birthday is at the beginning of april so will get them for my bday. (off topic but has anyone noticed that nathan drake looks like major sheppard from stargate atlantis??)

newchef
newchef
11 years ago

yea i noticed a similarity there…hmmm

off topic-where did u get your avatar from its epic

bomba2812
bomba2812
11 years ago

that's from killzone 1 you can find it in google easily

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Getting both!

NO WAY I'm going to miss on these two gems

newchef
newchef
11 years ago

speaking of god of war does anyone know whaen the collection is coming out? i really want the demo

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

it's date is 'set' at 11-10-09, but who knows really.

Cavan
Cavan
11 years ago

newchef

got it yrs ago off google, way before the game was even released.

thought if they ever made an uncharted film, they shud use him as an actor, as they look quite alike.

BlinkBoy
BlinkBoy
11 years ago

Site I ordered from have Tuesday 10 November, nothing is confirmed yet, but it doesn't seem to be a place holder date.

BlinkBoy
BlinkBoy
11 years ago

Yeah, maybe they are moving it to fiscal year 2010, and they also get a whole months of sales worth from God of War III. Since it will be fun to fallow Gran Turismo 5 and GoW III sales.

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
11 years ago

Shit…

It better not be an April Fools' joke =P

DGo8
DGo8
11 years ago

You know God Of War & GT5 will run 2010….but Sony need to promote both of erm!

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Don't worry everybody will know about GT5.
But Sony will need to advertise GOWIII a little.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

You're right Arnold. Of the gamers who only have 60 bux, they will either buy GT5 or GoWIII. I for one am getting GoWIII on day one. GT5 can wait.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Luckily for me, I'll be getting both. That's the beauty of pre-ordering, pay off over time =)

redman479
redman479
11 years ago

I don't care about the one day delay, I just wanna get my hands on it! (GOW3)

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

GOW3 will be one of the great action games coming, the others include: Dante's Inferno, Darksiders, Bayonetta, they will all be ready around the similar time 2010 Spring, I am excited about all of them, not just GOW3. 2010 will be the best year of gaming, cuz we will also get FF13, FF14, and The Last Guardian, MGS Raiden and Peace Walker, and maybe FF versus 13?

So many awesome games. This is why PS3 is made.


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 10/11/2009 8:14:55 PM

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

It's actually more brutal to watch a GoW game when its in HD.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Even 'more' brutal? Legendary.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

Thats when they say the release day is an April Fool's joke, it's actually released the day afterwards.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Dammmmnit delayed for one day!!!
I'm going to cut myself.

___________
___________
11 years ago

what could this mean?
it means SONY LIED TO US!!!!!!!!!!!
they promised GOW3 would be out in FY 2009.
meh 1 day i wont string them up for that………….yet.
but i seriously think there stupid for releasing both GOW3 and GT5 so close to eachother.
i know heaps of people who are buying a ps3 for GOW3 same for GT5.
releasing both so close to each other, instead of having people buying a ps3 for one or the other having 2 system sellers.
they only now have one.
the people who were going to buy a ps3 for GOW3 now probably will buy one for GT5 because its suppose to come out earlier.
now hows that bad i hear you ask.
well what would you rather?
have 1 month of 4 million sales for example.
or 2 months of 2 million each.
which one looks better?

___________
___________
11 years ago

just 1 thing.
since when was GOW3 set for march 31st?
last time i checked all their demos since E3 have said march 2010 they never have said a date.
and gamestop have had april first as the date since i can remember, before E3.
quite scary how accurate gamestop has been, every time i check a date for a game there they have always been 100% correct.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

They've been 100% correct once they've adjusted their release date schedule. 😉

Godslim
Godslim
11 years ago

i got scared when i first read the title 🙁 then i read the rest 🙂

Zorigo
Zorigo
11 years ago

they may need to remember they do have a big fanbase, especially in the uk, for people with NO money. like me 😛
but you know what i mean, it might get tight on the wallets again.

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
11 years ago

Does 1 day make THAT much difference?

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

Already have GOW 3 paid in full and have GT 5 almost paid in full, Can't wait…

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

Does anyone think GOWIII won't get a very high critic score?
Sure it'll still get high but maybe not among GTAIV all those.
Because with games like Dante's Inferno and Bayonneta coming out, maybe critics will think that GOWIII isn't so special.

If there's something GOWIII have that other games don't have please tell me and prove me wrong because I'm really hoping I'm wrong.

___________
___________
11 years ago

if GOW3 does not get exellent reviews it will only be because the gameplay is the same as the first 2.
thats the only complaint i have heard so far and its VOID!
because GOW1 and 2 have the best gameplay.
why fix whats not broken?