gran turismo 5 day night Gran Turismo 5 finally leaves the garageFinally, the wait is over: Sony announced that Gran Turismo 5 for PS3 will be released on November, 24th, after a series of delays that kept the franchise on hold for over 5 years. The car racing game that helped to redefine a complete genre is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year and its release was due to March 2010.

Obviously, this huge delay made fans anxious and pushed them to build more and more expectations about what the game will ultimately turn out to be. And this didn’t go unnoticed to Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital (the game’s developer), who recently expressed that their “objective with Gran Turismo 5 was to create another great revolution which would not only satisfy our own high expectations, but would meet or even exceed the anticipation of the fans.”

Futhermore, Yamauchi added that “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”.  So, one can imagine that, with such delays originated in details’ polishing, GT5 got to be awesome. Is it?

Well, it certainly looks good both in the papers and in the gameplay demos. GT5 promises a revolution in racing by giving players brand new features such as an extensive collection of cars (over 1,000, ranging from muscle cars to exotic ones), 20 different locations and more than 70 tracks, including road, NASCAR, rally and kart courses, among others.

In addition, GT5 incorporates a Course Maker which allows players to build their own circuits, a new and accurate damage system and the most advanced graphics with incredible effects (which make possible the inclusion of dynamic skidmarks, detailed weather conditions and “real” windscreen wipers, among others). Moreover, GT5 will feature online multiplayer for the most challenging action ever.

A little less than 2 weeks separates us from the official release date. It seems like no time given the months we already have waited for Gran Turismo 5. Anyway, I’ll keep my finger cross until that day, just in case. Meanwhile, I’ll keep delighting myself with the available videos, like the one below.

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