Gran Turismo Sport was publicly revealed to the sim racing world back in May of this year. Today, a post penned by Kazunori Yamauchi himself appeared on the official Playstation blog, in which Kazunori states that Gran Turismo Sport will be delayed until 2017. This news will certainly be a disappointment to the many thousands of GT fans that were looking forward to the originally planned release date of November 2016.
At the time, the premise of the title was being touted as a true departure from the well known format of console racing on the Playstation 4. At the event, Polyphony had conveyed a shift in their focus for the new addition to their franchise, one which leans more towards real world racing orientated content and features. During the unveiling event, what we were shown at the time was a very small percentage of the finished game. Even after the event officially ended, there was talk of a lot more work having to be done on the title.
Kaz offers no further information as to exactly when in 2017 the title is likely to be released. In this context, this delay is rather open-ended; although the reasons for the delay are laid out in the blog, it will be a strong source of speculation as to exactly when we can hope to see Gran Turismo Sport appearing on the Playstation 4.
Another big question which can now also be posed, what will be the fate of the new GT branded Thrustmaster wheel, which was also publicly debuted at the London unveiling? We are not sure if the two are dependant on each other, or if the development lines are running parallel. If we can find an answer, we will update the article to include any new information we may ascertain regarding the wheel.
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.