Originally scheduled for a worldwide release at the start of November, the reason for the delay is given as:
‘creator Kazunori Yamauchi and the team at Polyphony Digital want to make certain they are creating the perfect racing experience’
There’s no date set for the launch, although both blog posts promise it will be during ‘the holiday season’, and you’d certainly expect them to be getting such a big game out before Christmas 2010 to take advantage of the holiday sales period (although missing the start of November will probably cost them slightly,GT5 is probably a big enough title to get away with it).
With work on the game originally starting in around 2004, delaying so close to the launch date seems to indicate something fairly major. GT5 was originally slated to appear in Japan in March 2010.
In Russia, retailers have already halted pre-order sales, with a notice from one referring to ‘technical reasons’, for the delay. At the time of writing, the usual American and European suppliers are continuing to offer pre-orders:
The various Gran Turismo 5 Packages:
Collector’s Edition: Game, Custom-etched keychain, 1:43 scale model of the Nissan GTR Spec-V, 300 page book, voucher for 5 DLC cars, Certificate of Authenticity.
Signature Edition (Exclusive to Europe/Australian): Steel case, book, Gran Turisimo wallet, 1:43 scale Mercedes Benz SLS, voucher for six ‘Stealth’ cars and more.
- Gran Turismo 5 standard edition (amazon) (Pre-order includes Mecedes SLS AMG Stealth)
- Gran Turismo 5 collectors edition (amazon) (Pre-order includes Mercedes SLS AMG Stealth)
- Gran Turismo 5 Standard edition (Game)
- Gran Turismo 5 Signature edition (Game)
- Gran Turismo 5 standard edition (Gamestop) (Pre-order: McLaren F1 stealth and GameStop NASCAR car with Gran Turismo 5 logos.
- Gran Turismo 5 signature edition (Gamestop) Pre-order: McLaren F1 stealth and GameStop NASCAR car with Gran Turismo 5 logos.
- Gran Turismo 5 standard edition (Play.com) (Pre-Order: Mercedes SLS AMG and Nissan GT-R GT500 Stealth models)
- Gran Turismo 5 Collectors edition (Play.com)