You have got to be kidding me.
Sony dropped a complete bombshell yesterday and announced that Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo 5 has been delayed again and will not meet it’s November 2, 2010 release date.
When I first heard the news about this I must admit I was completely stunned and dismayed. Then I began to think it over and realized that I probably should have seen this coming. Before video games are released, they go what the video game industry calls, “gold”. When this happens, this means that the game is complete, and is now in the process of being mass produced for retail. Seeing that November 2 is less than 3 weeks away after their announcement, I realized that had the game been complete, they would have announced that the game has gone gold at least a week or two ago to give plenty of time to make hard copies for retail stores across North America.
The question is, why was this game delayed again? Your guess is as good as mine. The game has gone through an immense amount of polishing. If I was a betting man, I’m guessing that they just want this game to be even more polished than it already is. Necessary? Maybe. But in retrospec, couldn’t a graphics patch be pushed to the game after the release provided the patch wasn’t too large? There are going to be DLC for this game as it is, so why not release something like that if it’s a graphics polish. At this stage I doubt the game is buggy…and if it is, they probably shouldn’t have come up with the idea of a November 2 release date back at E3 2010.
Here is Sony’s press release that was dropped earlier yesterday afternoon (courtesy of the Playstation Blog):
“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.
We’ll have more information for you in the near future.”
Talk about ticking off your hardcore racing fans. But look on the bright side gamers. It’s already October, and before we know it it will be Christmas time and GT5 will (hopefully) be under your Christmas Tree from Santa. Hang in there gamers…the time will come soon enough.