Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi has revealed to Famitsu magazine that developer Polyphony Digital hopes to release the highly anticipated Gran Turismo 5 in Japan around July 2008.
Sony Computer Entertainment has yet to comment on a proposed release for the game in western territories. However, going by previous instalments, it is conceivable that European gamers could expect to wait for up to four months until the game hits shelves; as a result, an early 2009 release is probable.
As a precursor to the game, Polyphony will be offering a demo title similar to that of the HD concept, titled Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, which is scheduled to be released in Japan this October. Again, a western release has yet to be determined, but it is expected to be out by the year’s end as a free downloadable title from the PlayStation Store.
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