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Retailer dates Gran Turismo 5 for October

Long-awaited PS3 exclusive given autumn 2010 release date by US online store

US retailer Costco has given an October 27, 2010 release date for the long-awaited and repeatedly delayed Gran Turismo 5.

Officially the PlayStation 3 exclusive has no specific release date, although Sony has indicated it will come out in the fourth quarter of 2010. However, the game has previously missed several such official and unofficial dates.

Producer Kazunori Yamauchi did recently claim the game to be 90 per cent complete, although the claim is also not new.

Although retailers can often inadvertently reveal release dates ahead of publisher announcements they also often estimate dates in order to drive up pre-orders.

The series is notably more popular in Europe than North America, which can lead to significant differences in release dates.

Despite its propensity for delays the Gran Turismo franchise remains by far Sony's most successful first party franchise, with lifetime sales of over 55 million.

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