Polyphony Digital head tells car-enthusiast magazine 140 full-time staffers are putting the finishing touches on the long-delayed $60 million PS3 racer.
Nearly five years ago, Gran Turismo 5 was teased as part of the the PlayStation 3 unveiling at Sony's 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo press briefing. Two years ago, the public got its first taste of Polyphony Digital's $60 million game in the form of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Then, three and a half months ago, the racing game's planned March launch in Japan was scrapped, pushing back its US and EU launch indefinitely. Last week, Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi offered some public reassurance that the game is on track. "Gran Turismo 5 is about 90 percent finished," he told the UK racing magazine Inside Line. "There are currently around 140 people working on the project." To date, the Gran Turismo series has sold over 55 million copies.
Yamauchi offered his comments while speaking at the final race of the GT Academy, a program that trains European racing-game enthusiasts to drive real-life race cars. Cosponsored by Sony and Nissan, the competition will send French-born Jordan Tresson to the 2010 European GT Cup Series behind the wheel of a 420-horsepower Nissan 370Z GT4.
"Normally, video games are a closed genre," Yamauchi told the finalists. "If you are good at a golf or soccer game, it does not mean you can be a pro golfer or soccer player, but Gran Turismo is different. If you are really good at Gran Turismo, you can be a really good race car driver."
According to Inside Line, the Polyphony Digital chief is himself training for a race, next week's 24 Hours Nürburgring. In preparation, he recently completed a four-hour heat in a Lexus IS-F at the titular track in southern Germany. Yamauchi also revealed the cars that are in his own garage at home in Japan: a R35 Nissan GT-R, a Honda S2000, and a Ford GT.
Gran Turismo 5 on PS3 has a rumored release date on November 2010. It is 201 days left until you can play Gran Turismo 5 on your PS3 in the USA. View below for more Gran Turismo 5 release date details.
The years-in-the-making Gran Turismo 5 has been delayed. The game was slated for release this March in Japan, but publisher Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that the game's release date is now TBA. In an official release, Sony stated the release date will be announced at a later date. The company also apologized for any trouble that this delay has caused. GT5 was first announced at the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles back in 2006. According to GT series creator Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo 5 has cost $60 million to make. The game will feature over 1,000 automobiles and 20 different locations. The game was playable in 3D at the recent CES show in Las Vegas. Sony previously announced it was shooting for "Summer 2010" for a Western release. No word on how this delay will impact those plans.