Gran Turismo 5 delay down to production issues

GT5 pulled up once again as Sony do more fine-tuning

Will Gran Turismo make it in time for Christmas?

Gran Turismo 5 is set to be delayed once again with a launch date now expected some time before the end of the year.

In a message posted on the official PlayStation blog, the latest delay was revealed:

"We are sorry to say that Gran Turismo 5 will not be available on the previously announced release date of November 3rd, but the game will be released before Christmas. We sincerely apologise to GT fans for the delay, however creator Kazunori Yamauchi and the team at Polyphony Digital want to make certain they are creating a racing experience of the highest quality."

Already blighted by countless delays and having been over four years in development, the hugely anticipated racing sim was given an official launch of November 2nd 2010 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in June this year.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a Sony spokesman has also said that it would arrive "some time before the end of the year," and that the hold up is down to last-minute fine-tuning of the software taking longer than expected.

The fifth instalment of the highly successful racing franchise is set to support 3D gaming, and will utilise the console’s online gaming credentials to offer play against 15 other gamers across the globe. Collaborations with Red Bull Racing and TV sensation Top Gear further add to the game’s heavy feature load.

The Gran Turismo franchise, which has sold in excess of 50-million units since it debuted in 1997, originally unveiled its fifth instalment during the 2006 E3 conference. You can secure a copy when it does finally arrive, in our competition to win one of five copies of Gran Turismo 5.

Link: PlayStation Blog