Gran Turismo Sport Delayed to 2017

In news that should shock no one (really!), Sony has delayed the upcoming entry in the Gran Turismo franchise, Gran Turismo Sport. In a press release, Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital penned a letter that confirms the Gran Turismo Sport delay into sometime in 2017, but also mentions that the game will continually be shown in gaming events around the world.

Hello GT Community – I am sharing some news today that we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of Gran Turismo Sport to 2017.  GT Sport is Polyphony’s foremost competitive gaming title, with high expectations from both the fans and from within our team.

From the start this title has been one of our most ambitious undertakings by using the latest technologies, such as physics-based rendering and sound simulations, and Scapes photo mode. In combining these features with a new Sport mode, we are offering a competitive gaming experience to truly reinvent what it means to be a racing game. We’ve been excited and humbled by the response each time that we’ve shared new gameplay with everyone.

However, as we approach our planned release date in November, we realise we need more time to perfect GT Sport, which we’ve already dedicated so much effort towards since announcing the title. 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.

GT Sport will continue to be shown at several gaming events around the world. I hope everyone has the opportunity to experience first-hand the yet-to-be revealed cutting edge experiences that will be achieved by GT Sport. Thank you for all your continued support.

Again, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone — least of all, Gran Turismo fans. Was there even a Gran Turismo game that didn’t suffer a delay or two? But then again, it’s better that Polyphony is delaying it rather than releasing it with bugs and all, no? Let’s hope that the 2017 release window means Q1 or Q2 at least.

When will you think Gran Turismo Sport will be released? And are you surprised at the delay at all?