Rumours are abounding that Bizarre Creations' Project Gotham Racing 3 might not make it as an Xbox 360 launch title after all.

At the European Game Developers Conference last week, associate producer Chris Pickford was asked how long the game had been in development and replied: "We're up to about month 19-20, something like that. It's a two year project."

So if you do the maths, that could of course imply that we won't see PGR3 on the shelves until Christmas at the earliest... And the 360 is famously rumoured to be launching in November. Hmm.

What's more, the team at Electronic Arts behind PGR3 rival Need for Speed: Most Wanted don't reckon the game will make it to the starting grid either. According to an article on TalkXbox.com, "Most everyone there at EAX doesn't expect PGR3 to make launch.

"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.

"Also, PGR3 is very ambitious, and from what they've seen it won't make launch," the article continues.

"Most of them expect it to be in the second wave of 360 titles, along with Gears of War."

Course, this is speculation on EA's part... But this isn't the first time we've heard rumours that PGR3 is slipping. Nothing's been confirmed and Microsoft was unavailable for comment at the time of writing, but we'll keep you posted.

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