This week we saw a huge game release in the form of the Black Ops, the latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise. Black Ops has been billed as the biggest media launch – of any kind – in history.

While there was some action on the automotive front with that game and the Call of Duty-themed Jeep Wrangler, Gran Turismo is the game car enthusiasts are looking forward too.

After delays, Gran Turismo 5 has finally gotten a new offual launch date, and just in time for the holiday season. What a coincidence! *Sarcasm alert*

And the date is…..Wednesday, November 24th. There you have it, under two weeks away. This is official too, direct from the official Playstation blog in the United States. Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc. has released a statement, saying:

“Gran Turismo 5 is an ambitious project, with challenges and complexities which have made it our version of the Apollo Space Program! When we created the original Gran Turismo back in 1997, we wanted to set a completely new precedent for the racing genre.

With the technological leap onto PlayStation 3, our objective with Gran Turismo 5 was to create another great revolution which would not only satisfy our own high expectations, but would meet or even exceed the anticipation of the fans.

Satisfying the loyal Gran Turismo followers is at the heart of all of our efforts, which is why it was such a difficult decision to delay the release of the game, and one which we did not take lightly.

I can only apologize to everyone for making you wait so long, and I hope that when you try out the wealth of driving experiences available in Gran Turismo 5, you will not be disappointed.”