Sony Computer Entertainment America quietly announced this morning that the long anticipated, even longer in development Gran Turismo 5 will not make its November launch date. Though no new date for the Real Driving Sim was proposed, the announcement did indicate that the game would be made available during this holiday season.
The sad task of delivering the news fell to SCEA producer Taku Imasaki. In a short post on the PlayStation Blog, Imasaki stated simply:
"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."
Fans have literally been waiting years for the repeatedly delayed Gran Turismo 5. During Sony's E3 2010 Press Event, when a "firm" release date of November 2, 2010 was assigned to the game, many in the audience cheered. But even then, suspicions surfaced that November would come and go without a new Gran Turismo on store shelves. Despite SCEA's reassurance that the game will be made available this holiday season, it is becoming difficult to put much stock in a 2010 release for Gran Turismo 5.
It is much easier to have faith that, when Gran Turismo 5 does finally ship, it will be visually stunning (just check out the game's TGS trailer) and jam packed with every last feature that Yamauchi and the rest of the team at Polyphony Digital could imagine. Just this week, video emerged of the game's previously unrevealed Course Maker. Take a look:
The Course Maker may not offer ModNation Racers levels of customization, but it is yet another feature added to what must already be the most content rich racing game ever created. Now if they could just deliver that content to consumers.
The bad news for Gran Turismo fans will likely come as good news to Electronic Arts and Criterion Games, as their Need For Speed Hot Pursuit now has a virtual monopoly on the racing genre this holiday season (no offense, nail'd).
Consumers are never happy to hear that an anticipated game has been delayed (or, in Gran Turismo 5's case, delayed again). It's particularly exasperating in this case. How many more tracks, cars, and modes could Gran Turismo 5 possibly need at this point?
Clearly Yamauchi is aiming for nothing short of sheer perfection, and he may well deliver as much when the game finally ships. But the years long wait for GT5 isn't winning the series any new fans, and perfection is irrelevant if players give up on the game before it is released. Sony can't be happy about the situation either, particularly given the grim forecast for holiday game sales. Let's hope that this delay really is as short as SCEA claims.
What are your thoughts on Gran Turismo 5's latest delay -- do you believe the game will come out in 2010? Or have you grown tired of waiting, and moved on to other racing games?
Gran Turismo 5 for the PlayStation 3 is currently expected to ship this holiday season.
Source: PlayStation Blog