Gran Turismo Sport has been delayed to 2017

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Gran Turismo and delays go hand in hand like cheese and onion on chips or or that weird tan spray on Donald Trump. It’s not exactly unusual to hear of any title in the series being pushed beyond its initial launch date, something any fan of the series can attest to. Throw Gran Turismo Sport on top of that list, as it looks like Sony’s premiere racing simulator is going to need some more time in the oven.

“As we approach our planned release date in November, we realize we need more time to perfect GT Sport, which we’ve already dedicated so much effort towards since announcing the title,” founder of Polyphony Digital and creator of Gran Turismo Kazunori Yamauchi wrote on the PS Blog, confirming the shifted release date from November 15 to an unspecified date in the future.

Here’s the full letter from Yamauchi:

Hello GT Community — I am sharing some news today that we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of Gran Turismo Sport to 2017. GT Sport is Polyphony’s foremost competitive gaming title, with high expectations from both the fans and from within our team.

From the start this title has been one of our most ambitious undertakings by using the latest technologies, such as physics-based rendering and sound simulations, and Scapes photo mode. In combining these features with a new Sport mode, we are offering a competitive gaming experience to truly reinvent what it means to be a racing game. We’ve been excited and humbled by the response each time that we’ve shared new gameplay with everyone.

However, as we approach our planned release date in November, we realize we need more time to perfect GT Sport, which we’ve already dedicated so much effort towards since announcing the title. We do not want to compromise the experience in any way. While we cannot confirm a new release date at this time, we are more committed than ever to making GT Sport the best Gran Turismo game to date.

GT Sport will continue to be shown at several gaming events around the world. I hope everyone has the opportunity to experience first-hand the yet-to-be revealed cutting edge experiences that will be achieved by GT Sport.

Thank you for all your continued support.

Bummer. At best, I’d say that this means that its very unlikely that you’ll see Gran Turismo Sport before year-end, making a Q1 release in 2017 more likely. After all, Q1 is so hot right now with new game releases, something that we’ve seen plenty of this year already.

Last Updated: August 30, 2016

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