Gran Turismo 5 Delayed, Now Coming This 'Holiday Season'

I bet you thought that Polyphony Digital was going to stick to the release date for Gran Turismo 5 unveiled at E3 earlier this year? Boy, were you wrong.

Sony confirmed this morning that the storied racing game will not be available on November 2. This is a global delay.

Writing on the official PlayStation Blog, SCEA producer Taku Imasaki had this to say about the date change:

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, but said that it will be coming this "holiday season."

Unveiled at E3 in 2006, one can't help but wonder what could have caused the developer to stall the game's launch so close to the release date. We're checking in with Sony to see if we can get more details.

Although there is no mention of a delay in other regions for the game, I suspect that this is a worldwide push, since the game was initially slated to hit around the world within the same day or two.

Update: SCEA tells Kotaku that the delay is indeed global, adding that they can't elaborate on whether "holiday season" could mean early 2011. When asked for specifics about the cause of the delay they only said that "Polyphony is optimising ever aspect to provide the best racing experience".

While SCEA won't confirm a 2010 release, the Europe arm of Sony Computer Entertainment says the game will be out by Christmas.

Gran Turismo 5 Release Update [PlayStation Blog]


    Kinda predicted this would happen

    Forgive my terrible Paint skills, but I think is a more appropriate picture:

    If the Forza Ultimate Box hits before this does..

    I will laugh so hard.

      Well if the Forza ultimate box actually contains an in-car view that works, or better than MS-Paint textures for the V8 supercars, or the re-instatement of Link-Play that was only taken out as a money-grab by XBL, then... maybe...

    F.F.S. Seriously. They had the date down in the ink this time. What the HELL?

    I did lol when everyone thought that they were going to make the november release date. I believe i made a bet with someone saying they wouldn't and i am now owed a large pizza...

    More time to save for a wheel I suppose.

    Odd that it passed through OFLC earlier this week too... I can't see it coming out after xmas as a result, but yeh this is disappointing...

    What a joke.

    I mean really, come on. They've been talking about "perfecting" it for YEARS now.

    My bet: Forza 9 will be released before GT5.

    The word on the street is that somebody went and scrawled a new piece of graffiti on the Nurburgring over the weekend, so now they have to go back and update the in-game version.

    What he meant to say was, "we decided we needed to model at least 5 more versions of the kombi van, for the authentic driving experience".

      Also, wouldn't it be the most hilarious thing ever if Duke Nukem Forever made it out before GT5?

        LMFAO Now that was funny! :D Seriously though, I have already paid for my sig ed, but I have to admit I'm really looking forward to DNF as well... :D

        Omfg that's hilarious LOL!!!! And shameful to boot!!!

        "This game took so long to make that DUKE NUKEM FOREVER CAME OUT BEFORE IT!!!!"

        If that happens I'll win a bet with my friend and claim a beer. Unfortunately, knowing him, it'll probably be Fosters.

    Gran Turismo 5 - the new Duke Nukem Forever


    No no no no no No No NO NO NO NO!!!

    Although I'm wondering if the time is being taken to add anti PS3 Jailbreak measures.

    Still, I am so pissed at Forza for removing link-play that I would rather wait for this than give the forza chaps any more money.

    I JINXED IT!!!! Noooooo Mark asked what game I was looking forward to most in 2011, I said gt5!! Sulks.... World hates me now!!
    Hold me

    NEW FEATURE: Load times reduced from 3 minutes, 10 seconds, to 3 minutes, 8 seconds.

    The thing that annoys me about this (being in the retail industry) is they don't think what kind of impact that has on the retailers as well. Even though we have told everyone that these dates are subject to change, we will still get a whole bunch of retards who have pre-ordered, and for some reason get angry at us for the delay. Please Polyphony, if you dont think you will have a game released, DONT ANNOUNCE THE DATE IN THE FIRST PLACE. It affects more than just the game players.

    Don't you know John Romero was Polyphony's "Employee of the Month"?

    Maybe gearbox should pick this game up as well. They seem to be quite the competent developer lately.

    FFS, here I go getting excited for GT5, setting up my cockpit for November 4th... and they cock it up!
    Thanks a lot Polyphony, this had better be the best driving game ever, or I'll never buy another GT game again!

    What? Its delayed? I...I...I'm speechless.
    I can't believe it!

    I think it will be cancelled for release on PS3 and released as a flagship title for the PS4!

    Any bets?

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