After five years of bloated hype, Gran Turismo 5 is finished

Posted by Mike Luttrell

Sony first unveiled Gran Turismo 5 in 2005. Since then, gamers have patiently waited as the developer continuously teased them, provided false release date expectations, and hyped up the game to the point where it sounded like the second coming of Jesus. And now, it may actually be finished.

"The discs are being stamped as we speak," said Gran Turismo head Kazunori Yamauchi in an interview with Japanese blog LINK Jalopnik. This of course comes after the developers missed the highly publicized November 2 launch date.

And just recently, online retailers like Amazon.com and GameStop.com had pushed the release of the game back to 2011. But that was based simply on the fact that it wasn't receiving updated information from the publisher, and they had to put something down for the release date.

Sony quickly came forward to say it was still expecting a holiday release, but no one is giving us an actual new date at this time.

If we can actually believe Yamauchi, though, then the game should actually be on its way to stores very soon.

Gran Turismo 5 is of course aiming to be the most sophisticated driving simulator ever. Nearly a decade of development has gone into the game and an unbelievable budget of $60 million has been allocated to its production. Sounds like a pretty impressive game...if it actually ever comes out.