It's the news racing sim fans have been waiting for... then waiting for again... and again. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has now officially confirmed that Gran Turismo 5, the latest in the highly realistic driving game series, will hit UK shops on November 24.
The accompanying press release also features a list of the 1031 cars included with the game, as well as the 71 circuits. Sony highlights the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce, the Lexus LFA and the McLaren MP4-12C among the most prominent new motors.
The Gran Turismo titles have been a mainstay of the PlayStation experience since the original title launched in 1997. Under the guidance of Kazunori Yamauchi, President of developer Polyphony Digital Inc, the series has garnered a reputation for depth, detail and perfectionism, with several instalments delayed for constant last minute tweaks. Today, Yamauchi had this to say:
When we created the original Gran Turismo back in 1997, we wanted to set a completely new precedent for the racing genre. With the technological leap onto PlayStation 3, our objective with GT5 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. 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 apologise 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.
So, is this really it this time? As Sony's email was also accompanied by the finished UK box art, I think it honestly is.