For many long-term PlayStation fans, the Gran Turismo franchise is the racing series that is synonymous with Sony consoles. Gran Turismo has proved so popular over the years that there is even a movie in the works, and many gaming racers were looking forward to what the current console generation could mean for the series. Unfortunately, the next installment in the franchise, Gran Turismo Sport, is facing a delay into 2017.
The news comes courtesy of Polyphony Digital founder, and Gran Turismo franchise creator, Kazunori Yamauchi. Revealing the news in a post over at the official PlayStation blog, Yamauchi confirmed that the previously advised Gran Turismo Sport release date of November 15, 2016 is no longer possible. Instead, the title is being pushed back into next year, with Yamauchi advising that it was a “difficult decision” to make. As of yet, no official new release date has been set.
According to Yamauchi, the reason for this delay is so that the team working on Gran Turismo Sport can make sure it is in the best possible shape when it launches. “As we approach our planned release date in November, we realize we need more time to perfect GT Sport,” advised Yamauchi. Reassuring fans that the delay is so that the development team does not need to compromise on content, the Gran Turismo creator noted that the aim is still to make Gran Turismo Sport “the best Gran Turismo game to date.”
Yamauchi also reiterated the various pieces of challenging content that Gran Turismo Sport is scheduled to receive. In particular, the developer cited the title’s physics-based rendering and sound simulations as reasons that players should be excited about the title, as well as hinting that the game’s Sport mode will offer up a “competitive gaming experience to truly reinvent what it means to be a racing game.” Given that Gran Turismo Sport will also have to contend with PlayStation VR support and FIA-sponsored content, it’s perhaps understandable that Polyphony would want to make sure all aspects of the game are as smooth as possible.
However, difficult decisions regarding the title have been made by the development team, and content has been cut. A previously planned beta test of the game was cancelled in order to try and spare the full game’s release date from delays, while other features such as dynamic weather were sacrificed to ensure a better frame rate.
PS4 owners may be forgiven for feeling a little aggrieved about the quality of the racing games on the console so far. Although the recently released F1 2016 has delivered a strong return for the Formula One franchise, other titles such as DriveClub and Need For Speed have not quite delivered upon their initial promise. Hopefully, Gran Turismo Sport will prove to be a fun and worthwhile addition to a racing fan’s library when it does see release.
Gran Turismo Sport will now launch in 2017 for PS4, with no set release date yet disclosed.