Gran Turismo 5 Delayed Again but Still Promised for "This Holiday Season"

By Garnett Lee, Oct 13, 2010 8:15am PDT Stop me if you've heard this before; Gran Tursimo 5, Sony's flagship racing simulation and car culture cornucopia has been delayed, again. The news is not as bad as prior delays, though. Gran Turismo 5 will miss its planned November 2 release, but according to an official statement will still be out this holiday season.

In a post on Sony's PlayStation Blog, the game's producer, Taku Imasaki writes:

We can confirm that Gran Turismo 5 will not be available this November 2nd, but the game's release will be coming this holiday season.

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.

Polyphony Digital promises more information will be released in the near future.

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  • as it turns out, it's an issue with the recent piracy scare brought on by the recent PS3 hack. an "insider" had the following comment;

    "The problem arose when SCE mandated SDK 350 on all games releasing after after October, GT5 was about to go gold running on SDK 341, but it has been delayed by around a week so that they can update to SDK 350. This has caused a big headache for the manufacturing side, given how big this game is missing the gold date by even a week can cause a months worth of delay as slots are already taken up at this time of year for Blu-ray movies and such. So Sony had to find a 3 week slot big enough to make 7m+ copies of this and get them shipped out.

    If you want to blame anyone, I would direct it at the pirates and hackers, SCE never had any real SDK restrictions before firmware 3.41 was compromised."

    can't wait to hear Garnett, Brian and Jeff discuss this one on the Front Page in this week's podcast. my take on it, sure it's disappointing, but it's for a legitimate reason, it's not just Kazanori or Polyphony Digital trying to cram more features in.