Earlier this morning, on Sony’s Playstation Blog, SCEA announced that Gran Turismo 5 ( or “Gran Turismo Forever” as some have taken to calling it) will be seeing yet another delay, postponing it’s previously set release date of November 2nd, to “this holiday season.”
On the blog, SCEA producer, Taku Imasaki stated:
We can confirm that Gran Turismo 5 will not be available this November 2nd, but the game’s release will be coming this holiday season.
We sincerely apologize to GT fans for the delay, however, creator Kazunori Yamauchi and the team at Polyphony Digital want to make certain they are creating the perfect racing experience, and we are confident that this ambitious game will exceed expectations when it launches.
We’ll have more information for you in the near future.
When reached out for further explanation, SCEA could not confirm to Kotaku whether or not the “coming holiday season” meant later this year or early 2011.
Now, allow me to have a little mini-rant, here…
To delay the game at the last minute, like this, is just one more turn of the knife in every Gran Turismo fan’s side. There’s no doubt in my mind that Polyphony Digital will use this extra time to tweak what they need to tweak, and fill in whatever gaps need to be filled, but, that’s something we might not even know, now, until (possibly) 2011.
I’m not even sure if this is news anymore. Did I really need to post this? You had to know this was coming, right? This game has seen so many delays, that it might not even benefit from ever having a release date. Perhaps it would be better to just put it on the shelves whenever it’s ready, and just have it be a surprise. With Socom 4 and Little Big Planet 2 both pushed to early 2011, throwing GT5 in that same time frame would crowd the market, possibly resulting in at least one of those titles not getting the attention it deserves.
As a huge PS3 fan, myself, I, now have nothing to really look forward to this holiday season (and, let’s get real, the “holiday season” is November/December). I suppose if there’s anything good to take away from this news, that’s (another) $60 saved for those of us who were anticipating this game.
In other words: