The news leaked on Friday on the U.S. PlayStation blog, along with a statement by Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc., who designed the game.
“Gran Turismo 5 is an ambitious project, with challenges and complexities which have made it our version of the Apollo Space Program,” Yamauchi said. “Satisfying the loyal Gran Turismo followers is at the heart of all of our efforts, which is why it was such a difficult decision to delay the release of the game, and one which we did not take lightly. I can only apologize to everyone for making you wait so long, and I hope that when you try out the wealth of driving experiences available in Gran Turismo 5, you will not be disappointed.”
The game will feature more than 1000 vehicles, including the winner of this year’s Gran Turismo award: a 1969 Chevy Camaro with a 762-horsepower supercharged LS9.
Gran Turismo, first launched in 1997, established itself as a standard for driving simulators. Last year, the arrival of games like “Forza Motorsports 3” and “Need For Speed Shift” on the market have raised the bar and probably forced GT5 developers to delay the release of the game.
One thing is sure though, Gran Turismo 5 promises to bring a full view, with a choice of incomparable tracks and NASCAR’s most amazing prototypes, such as Red Bull X1, designed by Adrian Newey.