Gran Turismo Creator Explains Delay

Driving simulator Gran Turismo 5 was pencilled in for a November 2 release. Good thing that was pencil. The game has been delayed, and its creator has taken to Twitter to explain why.

"Apologies for the delay," Yamauchi tweeted. "It's because time and labour were spent ironing the kinks out of [the game's]complex system. I'm really sorry. Everyone, it's inexcusable... Wait a little longer."

With a development price tag of US$60 million plus, Gran Turismo 5 was first shown at the E3 gaming convention in 2006. GT5 was dated for March 2010 for Japan, but the game was delayed. It was then slated for November 2. It will not make that early November release.

According to Sony, "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."

Sony spokesperson Satoshi Fukuoka told Reuters that "production difficulties" caused the delay.

Gran Turismo 5 is currently slated for this "holiday season". The holiday season in Japan carries over into early January with the New Year holidays. Sony would not clarify to Kotaku whether the game will be out by the end of 2010 or in early 2011.

In another tweet, Yamauchi stated that he thought players would have to wait until the end of the year. Kotaku has also followed up with series creator to confirm if the game will be out in 2010, but has not heard back.

山内 一典 (Kaz_Yamauchi) on Twitter [Twitter]


    Another month or two? Its going to feel like a year because of how much I want it.

    At this rate I'll just pick up part 6 instead, it's likely to come out first...

    "ironing the kinks out of [the game's] complex system". What a bunch of bullshit. Polyphony should have just set a 2014 release date so they can blow everyone away when they release it 2 years early.

    Inexcusable is right.. this is beyond ridiculous..

    At this rate we'll be seeing Gearbox making the final release..

    Again? Really!?

    Well I do believe that Polyphony are doing their best to make a fantastic game. GT5 is going to blow peoples mind. When people see how realistic the game is going to be their minds are going to blow.

    I know some people are angry that polyphony have delayed the best game in the world again. But when the bugs are squashed you will realise how perfect this game is going to be. It's going to blow your mind.

    In conclusion hasten not your actions, as the greatest game that has ever been created will blow your minds.

      "blow peoples mind." - blow the collective mind of the people?

    And now i am proud to present the DNF of the console world everyone...

    Creeping featurism.

    From a business point of view I'm amazed they've let it blow out so long. But as a gamer I'm happy to see it when it's ready.

    Too often do games release with day 1 patches, or turn into yearly franchises with incremental changes. Which GT could easily have done judging by what we've seen added and improved upon over the last 4 years or so.

      lol, yeah. You can imagine the project management team and executives have probably lost all their hair and are alcoholics by now... "seriously guys, we need this game out by christmas!" "yeah, it'll be done soon, we promise...!"

    I don't think they relise everytime they delay it and say that its because they are polishing it they are raising everyones expectations of it a little bit higher.

    If this game launches and I don't see news stories of peoples heads literally exploding in orgasmic pleasure then this game is a failure.

    2006 1 year of production.
    2007 2nd year of production.
    2008 3rd year of production.
    2009 4th year of production.
    2010 5th year of production.


    SONY needs to take action so this does not become a trend. Afterall, is it worth having just 1 or possibly 2 good platform exclusive game per generation? I certainly wont be buying their consoles in future if that's the trend.

    1. This guy needs to be asked nicely to retire, the very next day after the game ships.

    2. If it's not on store shelves by the end of the Japanese new year they should can the project altogether.

      What... can you do better?

      This would have to be the most complex games ever made, The delay isnt really a long one and at least has a "holiday season" mark and not a "To be announced" if the game came out and had a major error or glitch then the fans would be compaining still. IMO its better to delay a game and fix all bugs then to release a game where it has to be patched every month.

      "This guy" is not a random off the street. He gets this special treatment because his made Sony millions UPON millions of dollars. Visually, this is millions STACKED over each other, stacked.

      1 or 2 platform exclusives per generation? Seriously? Do you own a PS3?

      Scrap a game that has cost $60 million so far and is virtually guaranteed to make the money back, since it is one of the biggest franchises in gaming?

      How much shit do you want type in to one post. It is mind boggling how little thought people put in to comments.


        I think you meant to say, 'scrap a game that cost $460 million' i.e. nearly half a billion dollars, not $60 million.

        GT5 will probably make a billion dollars or more back on top of that, but I do agree (and it's actually indisputable) that in terms of project management this is a complete fuck up. The game cover was on the shelves and pre-orders have been taken... I hope they do a major review of what happened before ever letting this guy go near a project again.

        Having said that, it's also a case of 'Well, what difference will two more months make to get it right'. The issue is there's actually no credible guarantee that's all it will now take. Until the game is actually in systems and being played, all bets are now off.

      I'd rather wait 5 years for an excellent game than buying annual cookie-cutter sequels.

    You know, it's kind of fun to look back at the launch of the PS3. Most people (not all, but most) bought it with sequels to the big PS2 games in mind-

    Metal Gear Solid 4
    Final Fantasy 13
    Gran Turismo 5

    MGS4 was great, FF13... well... um... some people liked it, and GT5... not out yet.

    Remember, these were the games that the people lining up on launch day eve had in mind!

    I preordered my copy from harvey norman in malaga guess what they have this thing where you can race on the ps3 they have set up and the top few lap times win a prize package fukl of awse stuff like a $300 wheel and stuff

    if you want the game its worth it preordering there to try to compete for it. they told me they will be doing similar things for all new major titles and even have midnght releases.

    Uh..whateva...z.ZzZzZz..I'm almost going to bed.

    As long as it doesn't end up like Malice, or even Duke Nukem Forever.

    Should read: "...and we are confident that this ambitious game will exceed expectations IF it launches.”

    I'll bet my left testicle the real reason for this delay is due to the recent PS Jailbreak and Sony is forcing the devs to implement some new anti-piracy measures...

    you know... i stopped caring about this a while ago... but i still have the sig edition on pre-order... lol

    ROFL @ Elephant Fresh

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