Gran Turismo 5 has had an extremely long development cycle, more than double what most AAA video game titles typically have. Gran Turismo 4 was released in North America on February 2005 and many events have transpired in the time between that game’s release and the proposed release date of November 2nd for GT5. Here’s a few highlights from that time frame.
March 22, 2005 – God Of War is released for the Playstation 2. Two more sequels to the franchise have been released to date as well as a PSP title and a high definition remastering of the original two games for the PS3. A second PSP game is being released on the same date as GT5, bringing the total number of games released between GT4 and GT5 to five for the GoW franchise.
March 24, 2005 – Speaking of the PSP, it was released on this date in the US. That system has seen two updates to its hardware and is rumored to have a third in development.
April 13, 2005 – Rockstar games ships Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition. After that game, Rockstar has gone on to produce Bully, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV, The Lost and Damned, Chinatown Wars, The Ballad of Gay Tony, and Red Dead Redemption.
May 3, 2005 – Microsoft debuts Forza Motorsport for Xbox to fill the void in the racing simulator market. Two sequels have since been produced in 2007 and 2009 respectively.
May 12, 2005 – The Xbox 360 is revealed to the world. It has since been released and 30 million units have been sold.
May 16, 2005 – Sony announces the PlayStation 3. Over 30 million units have also been sold as of this date.
October 25, 2005 – Activision and Infinity Ward release Call of Duty 2.
November 8, 2005 – The first Guitar Hero debuts. 5 sequels have since been produced and the original developer has since gone on to work on the derivative Rock Band series of games.
October 2006 – Fox greenlights production to begin on James Cameron’s Avatar. That has since been filmed, edited, and released before GT5.
November 9, 2006 – Epic releases Gears of War, which has seen a sequel produced and yet another game in production.
January 9, 2007 – The first Apple Iphone hits stores for consumers to purchase on this date. Apple has created 3 updates to the phone hardware in the time GT5 has been in production.
November, 2007 – Mass Effect and Assassin’s Creed are released this month and have both seen sequels launched to critical acclaim.
Once the time line has been boiled down and you start to see a little perspective in relation to Gran Turismo 5, the development schedule seems a little outlandish. Were you surprised by what has transpired while you have waited for GT5 to be released?
Hat tip to Game Informer.