GT5 news roundup: delays, DLC and pirates ahoy!

Pre-order pages on Amazon and GameStop now show the release/ship date for Gran Turismo 5 as December 31st, 2010 and January 1st, 2011 (as of this writing, 10/21/10. -Ed). Most likely this is just be a placeholder date, but we won't know if this is true until 12/25/10 comes and goes.

Multiple websites are reporting the game's delay is due to SCE requiring GT5 (and all new games) be recoded require the 3.50 firmware. This is in response to the hacked 3.41 firmware that allows for backup discs to be played, and can lead to piracy. (Though Top Shell is late to the party, we do not mind reprinting old news! -Ed.)

Finally, after Polyphony Digital's CEO Kazunori Yamauchi mentioned the GT5 engine can be use for motorbike racing (ala Tourist Trophy), rumors are sprouting up that  the first DLC pack after release "could" include motorcycles. Speaking to Playstation 3 Magazine, Yamauchi said:

The environment we have right now allows us to drive motorcycles, but we need to get Gran Turismo 5 done first. Once that's out of the way, if there's a strong demand for bikes, that's something we'd consider.

How this translates into other sites reporting that this is a for-sure thing, I don't know. Can I just play the game first, before we start talking about DLC, please?

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