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Why Gran Turismo 5's October release date means nothing

It's a sad day when a promise has been broken so many times you don't believe a single word. Sony's cried wolf on this one far too many times. We're still sure the game isn't vapourware - an incrementally updated build undoubtedly exists on a computer somewhere inside Polyphony Digital which they release in taster form whenever needed. But look at the list of showings and dates below and tell us why this one is any different - if you can.

**Update** Sony has since come out and said a new release date hasnot been announced. So looks like we were proven right within hours. Sigh.

Above: The first sighting of Gran Turismo 5, almost 4 years ago

May 10,2006:
The game was shown in trailer form at E3, codenamed 'Vision Gran Turismo', with fully animated pit crews, a vastly increased number of cars on-track and huge numbers of 3D animated people in the paddock area. It looks ready to ship.

December 24, 2006
Gran Turismo HD is released on PSN. It's a one-track demo of the game, given away for free to get us excited about the real thing.

July 2, 2007
Yamauchi says the game 'could be pushed back as far as late 2008'.

December 13, 2007
Gran Turismo 5: Prologue is released in Japan. Seeing as Gran Turismo 4 had a similar pre-release version to tide us over, the real thing must indeed be shaping up for a 2008 release.

Above: December 2007 saw new screens. Looks ready to ship

April 2008
The game's producer, Kazunori Yamauchi, states in an interview that the game's been in production for 4 years already. That's plenty of time to make a game.

December 2, 2008
Sony's chief executive in southern Europe, James Armstrong, is quoted in Spanish newspaper El Financiero as saying: "the new version of Gran Turismo... will arrive at Christmas".

Christmas came and went. At E3, Yamauchi says the game 'could probably be released any time'. By the screenshots, it looks ready to ship.

August 12, 2009
Online retailer Amazon lists the game for a December 29,2009 release. But of course, no massive game would lauch in the week after Christmas, so nobody believes it.

August 2009
Gran Turismo 5 is featured in playable form at Gamescom in Cologne, with zero fanfare from Sony. There's a video of the new damage modelling too. It looks ready to ship.

Above: The damage modelling looks to be working wellin-game

September 24, 2009
Sony officially announces a March 2010 release date. Woot!

October 2009
Gran Turismo Portable is released, featuring a teaser trailer that says '2010' in it.

December 17, 2009
A time trial demo is released on PSN. It looks ready to ship.

Jan 7, 2010
New screenshots emerge. They're really starting to hype it now.

Above: More new screenshots, now tellingly back in the garage

January 10, 2010
The game is shown runningin 3D at a CES show in Las Vegas, underwhelming most critics. But the aim is to ship the game alongside the first wave of 3DTV sets, which start this summer.But that's after the March release date...

January 13, 2010
The game's March release is scrapped, with the game delayed indefinitely.

February 2010
I'm personally down on the GamesRadar review schedule to review the finished game at the end of the month. Predictably, it never appears.

February 9, 2010
Online retailer Amazon lists the game for a November 1 date.

March 15, 2010
Report comes in from GDC that Sony has slated it for October this year.

Go on, pull the other one.

15 Mar, 2010

Justin worked on the GamesRadar+ staff for 10 whole years. Imagine that. Now he is a contributor, specialising in racing games, retro, and Sanic.