Gran Turismo 5 creator Kazunori Yamauchi stated last month that Polyphony Digital could potentially release the game at “any time”. This came as a surprise to many considering the game wasn’t present in playable form at E3, but rather in a gameplay trailer. However, if Amazon is correct then Yamauchi definitely wasn’t kidding.
According to Amazon’s official listing for North America, Sony will release Gran Turismo 5 on December 29th, 2009. The fact that this date falls on a Tuesday only adds more credence since game publishers typically release their titles to retailers on Tuesdays. Oh, and you may remember this little tidbit spilled by SCEE chief executive James Armstrong last December.
Even though this isn’t an official release date from Sony, most games on Amazon get just a “available for pre-order” tag and/or an estimated fiscal year release date if the actual date hasn’t been officially set. For example, God of War III is tied to April 1st, 2010, the beginning of the 2010 Fiscal Year. And Final Fantasy XIII and Versus XIII have similar release estimates, for December 31st, 2010.
Unfortunately, for now, we’ll have to peg this as a rumor until we get official confirmation from Sony. However, we have contacted Sony for official word on Gran Turismo 5’s release date, and will update when we get a response.