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Gran Turismo 5 gets a release date... for Japan

Sony has finally announced a release date for the next installment in Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo racing series.

The SLS AMG in GT5 is so DTM and JDM, yo.
Hopefully, we'll get a US release date shortly after the Japanese launch. Polyphony Digital/Sony

The lack of a hard release date--or even projected timeframe--has been a bit of a sore spot for Gran Turismo fans when comparing GT5 to Forza Motorsport 3. Well, those days are almost over, as Sony has finally announced the next installment in Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo racing series will go on sale in March 2010. However, that is specifically the Japanese release date, leaving us in the dark as to whether we will get a concurrent North American release or if we'll have to wait a bit longer.

Six months (or more) is quite a wait to get your PS3 racing fix, especially with Forza 3 releasing next month on the Xbox 360. But the GT faithful have waited five years, so what's a bit more? To help tide you over, here's a video montage of live and in-game footage of Mercedes-Benz's gull-winged SLS AMG, which the automaker has just announced will be featured in the game.