It's a good time to be a racing fan, really: Pure does the stunt thing, Motorstorm: Pacific Rift does the crazy thing, Moto GP 08 is there for the motorcyclists, GRID is for the hardcore it seems, and Burnout Paradise (which has been described to me as an "antigame") has been getting updates and downloadable content (DLC) for a very long time now.
But there's something missing. What is it? Oh yes, Gran Turismo 5 -- the long running series and essentially the undisputed champion of simulation racing titles. Some rumours have been bandying about lately when exactly it would be released, but now a recent interview with Spanish newspaper El Financiero has revealed it will in fact be late next year for North America and Europe. The Japan release is predicted to be late summer -- so you can expect a ton of screenshots and trailers and whatnot then to whet your appetite with then.
It's already been a long wait, and Prologue doesn't really help either (tease!), so will it be worth it? Well apparently it's worth it to Polyphony Digital and SCEI, as they're spending more than 50 times the budget of the original game on this one, with 150 people on the team. Gran Turismo 4 was also released many years after the launch of the PlayStation 2, anyway, and it more than satisfied gamers. So, still excited?