Gran Turismo 5 finally has a double official release date: November 24. I know. I'll believe it when I see it too. And even when I do see it, I probably still won't believe it.
In a statement released today, Polyphony Digital head Kazunori Yamauchi promised that in spite of numerous delays, including one just a few weeks back that pushed the game's release to sometime this holiday, and years of patient (yet vocal) waiting, rabid GT fans will soon realize that GT5 was well worth the wait.
"Our objective with Gran Turismo 5," explained Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi,"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 apologize 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."
Yamauchi went on to equate GT5’s tumultuous and demanding development to one of NASA’s most prized accomplishments, saying, "Gran Turismo 5 is an ambitious project, with challenges and complexities which have made it our version of the Apollo Space Program!”
Driving virtual cars isn't exactly the same sport as walking on the moon, but I can understand his excitement and anxiousness. I guess we’ll see if players are knocked in the when Gran Turismo 5 races onto PlayStation 3's in a couple weeks.