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Shuhei Yoshida: Gran Turismo PSP on the way

Polyphony Digital boss Kazunori Yamauchi confirmed this back in July, but If you needed further confirmation that Gran Turismo PSP is actually in development, we've got you covered. Speaking at TGS, the head of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida stated that Polyphony Digital is "working on" a Gran Turismo PSP.

Yoshida attributes the long delay to other titles Polyphohy Digital have been working on, namely Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and Gran Turismo 5 for PS3. He was also unable to provide a timeframe for when the game will be released. Yamauchi believes the game won't be out until after Gran Turismo 5 makes its debut, which means PSP owners will have to wait another two years. Sigh.

Gran Turismo PSP still 'actively in development'

Gran Turismo for PSP is one of the greatest jokes of the console's history. Ironically, a Duke Nukem game will actually release on our system before this much-touted title ever finds way. It's one of the few titles announced before the PSP's launch that still hasn't come out yet. Ouch.

In an interview with Joystiq, Polyphony Digital boss Kazunori Yamauchi explained that the PSP version of Gran Turismo is still "actively in development" and reiterated that the title would not be completed until Gran Turismo 5 (PS3). Of course, considering GT5 won't release until 2010, PSP owners can still make jokes about this vapourous title for at least two more years.

American PC Store update for April 17th

We hope you guys like Gran Turismo, because there's nothing else for you this week. Just a couple of GT5 Prologue videos which, depending on whether you have a PS3 or not, could be enticing or insulting. If you don't have a PS3, download the videos anyway and pretend you're finally playing Gran Turismo Mobile. That'd be fun, right? Here's the full release list:
  • GT5 Prologue Friendly Fires Video (Free)
  • GT5 Prologue Beyond the Apex Trailer (Free)
Before you send us any emails asking what went up on the European PC Store, we'll tell you here. Nothing, that's what. There wasn't a single new piece of content added to the European PC Store. So even if you're not particularly chuffed with the above GT5 videos, be happy you at least got something.

Gran Turismo PSP still exists, delayed until 2009

We had to laugh a little when we saw this webpage for the news: the release date listed for Gran Turismo 4 on PSP is still 03/24/2005. Yes, this game has been delayed and considered dead almost as much as Duke Nukem Forever, but we assure you it is alive and well. Kazunori Yamauchi also says this, though admits the game will not be ready until 2009. This latest delay comes courtesy of PS3 development hurdles in regard to Gran Turismo 5. It seems some kind of online functionality has been added to the PSP title, though, to connect it to the PS3. So it's evolving. We just have to wait. Forever.

[via GamePro]

Gamestop cancels Gran Turismo pre-orders

Who's actually surprised by this one? The on-again off-again Gran Turismo Mobile project for PSP has been canceled so many times, we can't keep track anymore. According to IGN, it looks like retailer Gamestop is finally returning pre-order monies, due to "vendor cancellation." Supposedly, Polyphony wants to work on the PSP GT, but only when they're done with the massive Gran Turismo 5 on PS3. Who knows when that'll happen?

Sorry to be such a dream killer, folks.

Gran Turismo PSP ambitions include PSP/PS3 play, race manager feature

In a revealing interview with Joystiq, Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi talked about his current plans, dreams and ambitions for the potentially upcoming Gran Turismo Mobile. "Once we get GT5 out," he notes. "We hope to position it as the satellite to GT5 on PS3, GT on PSP."

Of course, making Gran Turismo 5 is no easy task, and who knows how long it'll take for the team at Polyphony to put the finishing touches on that game. Regardless, it's clear that there are some truly ambitious plans for GT when (or if) it ever comes to PSP. One idea involves being able to save replays from the PS3 and display them on the PSP. "One example would be for people to utilize replays of their race experience. Take that outside the home, whereas at home you would need the PS3, but they can take that away and share."

Another wish of the GT team is for PS3-PSP versus play. "We're just talking ideals here – but it would be nice if we were able to allow people to compete whether they're on the road or in their living room on the PS3, compete in the same race. Even though the visual qualities will be different depending on which hardware they're on it would be nice if we could allow for that. Technically, we think we should be able to."

Finally, another feature that would be added to a PSP version would be one where players don't even race the car. "Basically you're the race manager. You don't even need to steer the controller, you just set the car and let it go; you're managing it. Another example would be the PSP would be your management tool: give it input and give it instructions and the car would continue on with the race." Visit Joystiq for the complete interview.

Gran Turismo Mobile back in the works (again)

It was one of the first PSP games to ever be shown. Then, it was canceled. Then, it was resurrected. Then, it mysterious disappeared, hidden away under the shadow of the colossal Gran Turismo 5. Finally, things look a bit brighter for mobile racing fans. "We are working on the PSP version, and we will get around to it eventually," GT producer Yamauchi told GamePro.

The plan is to finish the game right after the release of Gran Turismo 5 next year. Although we'd love to believe you, Yamauchi, we're going to place some skepticism on your statement. Place your bets now to see how many times this game will get canceled, and uncanceled in the coming months.

Gran Turismo's constantly shifting "release date"

The potentially canceled, or un-canceled, PSP version of Gran Turismo 4 has just shifted its release date once again on the GameStop website. The retailer is notorious for accidentally revealing crucial release info, but in this case, we're willing to bet that they're simply moving the date so that they can still hold on to pre-orders (some undoubtedly made nearly two years ago!).

The game is now listed as to come out on July 2nd. While that may seem like an eternity away, it'll be the slight glimmer of hope for those of you that don't want to believe in its vaporware status.

[Via PlayStation]

Gran Turismo Mobile's life as vaporware

Remember Gran Turismo 4? The often cancelled and un-cancelled game that proved to be one of PSP's crowning technical showpieces. Game|Life takes a look at the long, torturous development hell this still-highly-anticipated game has gone through. The copy written for the game still haunts PSP fans to this day:

""Gran Turismo Anywhere" -- Gran Turismo 4 Mobile, coming from the Gran Turismo series, is the PSP version of the real driving simulator. Its product quality is not at all inferior to its PS2 counterpart, and is compatible to competition over wireless LAN, a unique feature to the PSP."

Gran Turismo plays with our hearts

Gran Turismo 4 is the one game on PSP that can't decide whether or not its cancelled or not. Producer Kazunori Yamauchi recently went on record saying the PSP version of Gran Turismo 4 still exists, and will connect to the PS3 "similar to how a PC connects with a cell phone. I still can't comment though." What does that mean? Will you be able to upload ringtones to your PSP? And why?

I hate this cat and mouse game Sony seems to be playing with this game. Considering how Gran Turismo HD looks to disappoint, I might be done with this series altogther. That is, until they finally release Gran Turismo for Boys (that's a real title, I'm serious).

[Via IGN]

Gran Turismo Mobile shoved aside for PS3 dev

Devil May Cry for the PSP made a brief reappearance today, as did Gran Turismo 4 Mobile. The "indefinitely delayed" game was pushed aside so that the development team can finish their work on the PlayStation 3 follow-up in the Gran Turismo series. Once they're done with that (and who knows how long that'll take?), the development team expects to move onto finishing the PSP game.

Sadly, it appears that the game probably could've been released much earlier: "We've reached the stage where a GT4 equivalent runs on the PSP hardware," Polyphony Digital commented to Eurogamer. While the PSP doesn't suffer from a lack of racing titles, it's disappointing to see one of Sony's premiere development studios simply abandoning work on the handheld.

[Via PSP Vault]

Gran Turismo 4: Mobile Edition delayed indefinitely

Gran Turismo 4: Mobile Edition delayed indefinitely
There may no other racing franchise to see more delays than Gran Turismo. And now it's portable edition Gran Turismo 4: Mobile Edition is getting in on the action or lack thereof.

Famitsu confirmed the news with the franchise developers Polyphony Digital that the racing sim has been delayed indefinitely.

While this definitely sucks, should we really be surprised? Gran Turismo 4 was delayed for more than a year and a half, so I guess it's only fitting that we do the same with the PSP version.

(Via Total Video Games)

Best Buy steals your money with GT4 preorder

Over-enthusiastic fanboy-reader buzaw0nk saw pre-orders for Gran Turismo Mobile available at and rushed to secure his copy. I mean, it comes out November 1st! And at $40, it doesn't seem like too bad of a deal, right?

Wrong. It appears that Best Buy just wants your pre-order deposit. doesn't have the game in their database and neither does The last time Sony even spoke about Gran Turismo for PSP was in January, when they "delayed" the game. To make matters worse, the game doesn't even appear on the (admittedly incomplete) TGS showing they have planned.

buzaw0nk, just cancel your pre-order before Best Buy steals your money for good. I'm guessing this game (if it ever comes) won't come out for a very long time.

Sony officially delays Gran Turismo 4

Gran Turismo

Looks like Sony hit the snooze button a few times too many. They've just gotten around to updating their official Japanese language page for Gran Turismo 4 for the mighty PSP. The bottom-line translation? Gran Turismo will not make its 2005 release target. *Gasp!*

The new date is 2006.

When in 2006? That's for Sony to know and you to find out.

[Via PSXetreme]

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