Gran Turismo Boss: I Want To Release GT5 ASAP

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Gran Turismo PSP is coming out. That's nice. Where the heck is Gran Turismo 5? And no, Grand Turismo 5 Prologue does not count.

According to Gran Turismo honcho Kazunori Yamauchi, "I want to release it as fast as I can, but GT5 for us, when you talk about its status, it's at a point we can release it any time we want, but we can always keep working on it. It's very important for us to make sure everything is done perfectly and everything is done in detail."

No doubt that they're making everything just so. But still, the gestation period for this title has been on the long side. Then again, pumping out high quality driving simulators is hard.


The game was first shown at E3 2006, and Yamauchi and his team at Polyphony Digital have apparently been working on the game since then or before then. And now it's E3 2009. Time flies!

E3: Gran Turismo PSP Hands On [Eurogamer]

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I'd be pretty pissed at Yamauchi if I were a Sony exec, or shareholder for that matter. All his dithering, and likely missing XMAS 09, really hurts the company's bottom line. This game, properly promoted and bundled, would probably shift 3 million PS3 units.

Quality is one thing. Yes, it needs to be high quality to retain the brand name's cachet. But 4 fucking years? Come ON. They're obviously sweating shit that no one cares about.

"This Ferrari F350 shifts into 5th gear a little too quickly... we'd better pull it and tinker with the code for 6 more months..."

As if anyone playing this fucking game would have access to a Ferrari and be able to tell that something is 1% off...

Just release the damn game and then periodically patch it with these sorts of "fixes" (that no one would notice anyway).