There's been yet more fuel added to the rumours that Project Gotham Racing 3 won't make the launch line-up of the Xbox 360. Although Microsoft refused to comment when we contacted them about the issue, an article over at TalkXbox.com seems fairly convinced that the game will just miss the US and European launch of the X360, which is likely to take place in late-November.
The article claims that the Electronic Arts team who are currently working on rival Need for Speed Most Wanted are convinced that PGR3 won't be sat alongside the rows of new X360s come November. 'Almost everyone there [at EAX] doesn't expect PGR3 to make launch,' said one insider. 'Microsoft has apparently been giving EA all the help they can give with getting Most Wanted out at launch, and they wouldn't be doing that as much as they are if they had their own racing game ready for launch. PGR3 is very ambitious, and from what they've seen it won't make launch. Most of them expect it to be in the second wave of 360 titles.'
Whilst that may sound like rather hopeful speculation on the part of EA, then the associate producer of the game itself, Chris Pickford, also seems to harbour similar doubts. Speaking about the game last week at the European Game Developers Conference, Pickford admitted that, 'We're up to about month 19-20, something like that. It's a two year project.' Which sounds like it may miss November to us.
Of course, with the X360 not expected in Australia until early 2006 (barring any surprise announcements in the coming weeks from Microsoft), there's still every chance that the game will be on the starting grid for the Aussie launch of Microsoft's next console. For Europeans though, the chances of seeing the game at launch appear to be disappearing into the distance (and just to depress yourselves further, we'd suggest reading our Project Gotham Racing 3 preview).