In a post via the PlayStation Blog, studio founder Kazunori Yamauchi gives quite a simple reason for the delay: the studio needs “more time to perfect GT Sport.”
Polyphony did not reveal a new release date beyond “2017.”
“We’ve already dedicated so much effort towards since announcing the title,” he said. “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.”
According to Yamauchi, Gran Turismo Sports is one of Polyphony’s most ambitious projects ever, largely thanks to the utilization of the “latest technologies, such as physics-based rendering and sound simulations.”
This, along with the Sports mode designed to emphasize the competitive nature of the game, is the studio’s attempt to “truly reinvent what it means to be a racing game.”
As you may remember, on May 20th it was announced that the GranTurismo Sport beta had been cancelled, in favor of the team focusing on the launch of the game. With news of this delay, it is unclear at the moment if the plans for the beta have changed as well.
Gran Turismo Sport will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 and is being developed to support PlayStation VR.
Since the delay of the beta, I had a feeling this one was coming. A shame, because this was one of my most anticipated games for the fall. Oh well, my full-body Ricky Bobby costume will just have to sit in my closet a tinsy bit longer.
Tyler Fischer is a Senior Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.