Gran Turismo 5 Delayed Until Summer 2010

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Gran Turismo 5
The wait continues for Sony’s popular racing series.

Those of you looking to play racing-simulator Gran Turismo 5 are going to have keep their Playstation 3 in the paddock until winter is over. SCEA Associate producer Chris Hinojosa-Miranda did not give a firm release date for GT5, but said last week the game will be released sometime in summer 2010.

Polyphony Digital, the developer of GT5, is going to make the long delay a little easier with a special demo that will be released Dec. 17th for Playstation Network. The demo will feature a time-trial challenge that will let players pilot a stock and tuned version of Nissan’s 370z. Sony will give the person with the fastest combined lap times two VIP tickets to Indy 500.

GT5 was announced during the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo for the Playstation 3. The game has met frequent delays as the Japanese developer added additional cars and racing modes. According to the developer, the ambitious title will feature over 1000 cars. The game will also include World Rally Championship Racing and NASCAR, a first for the series. Another series first is realistic damage modeling when you have an off-track excursion.

The long development time is not due to Polyphony Digital spending too much time playing with the exotic cars they are testing. The companies CEO Kazunori Yamauchi said to Autoweek that he spent only four days at home in the past year. Talk about dedication.

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