By Keri Algar

SYDNEY, NSW: After 2000 days of work and ideas, the fifth version of the critically acclaimed car racing game will be released in Australia, exactly one month before Christmas Day. 

Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital and producer of Gran Turismo, said Gran Turismo 5 was an ambitious project, even likening the challenge to the Apollo Space Programme. 

“Gran Turismo 5 is an ambitious project, with challenges and complexities which have made it our version of the Apollo Space Programme,” said Yamauchi.

“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.”

The car racing series is considered the flagship game for the PlayStation.

“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.”

Click here to read a report from earlier this month on PlayStation’s online independent film service, Mubi.