Gran Turismo fans will have to wait longer than expected because the next installment of the franchise, Gran Turismo Sport has been delayed to 2017. The delay was announced in a blog post by Kazunori Yamauchi, the founder of Polyphony Digital and creator of the GT franchise.
Hailed as the go to racing game franchise on Sony’s consoles, Gran Turismo has been a part of the Sony exclusive family with the first installment being released in 1998 on the original Playstation. Since then, there have been numerous Gran Turismo titles across almost all Sony consoles including PSP with Gran Turismo Sport set to mark the official arrival of the franchise on new generation consoles.
Originally scheduled for a November 2016 release, Gran Turismo Sport is the 14th title in the franchise and given that it is exclusive to PS4, Polyphony claims it has been their most ambitious title to date with physics-based rendering, full day-night cycle, dynamic weather and sound simulations as well as lots of new features and modes.
Considering that not a lot of information was known about the game yet, a 2016 release seemed highly unlikely for a while which is why developers think they need more time to perfect the game and the three game mode it offers; Campaign, Sports and Arcade.
While the release date has been pushed to 2017, Kazunori said that a concrete release window can’t be given at this time as the developers don’t want to compromise the game quality in any way.
He also assures that this doesn’t mean the game will disappear from all limelight but will continue to be showcased at different gaming events. Hopefully we finally get to see the VR mode of the game in action after PS VR officially launches.
A demo for Gran Turismo Sport was announced a few weeks ago, available to Australian players.