Gran Turismo 7 has been delayed until 2022.
The news comes from one GQ interview, of all places, with Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan. In the interview, Ryan rattled off a list of games that have been on target for launch despite the pandemic, which included Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon Forbidden West, but especially not including Real Driving Simulator. Which, of course, made the video an overnight sensation.
At this point, a PR representative for Sony jumped into the conversation promising a statement on the GT7 – probably in the hope that we would actually ask about some of the many new announcements. You can read the statement below …
“GT7 has been affected by Covid-related production challenges and will therefore shift from 2021 to 2022. With the ongoing pandemic, there is a dynamic and changing situation, and some critical aspects of game production have been slowed down in recent months. We share more information about GT7release date when available. ”
I fully thought we were going to play GT7 this year. We are approaching four years ago Gran Turismo Sport’s release, and GT7 was mentioned as a launch in 2021 several times in Sony’s marketing materials. At one point, it became clear that the game slipped into the latter half of 2021, which was not very surprising as a successful release of GT7s caliber would probably be best around the holidays.
In addition, GT Sport already presents a great basis for GT7, and the only medium we have looked at the upcoming title to date showed games similar Sport, only nicer thanks to PlayStation 5’s advanced hardware. You’d think this would bode well for development, as it means Polyphony Digital doesn’t have to do a ton of heavy lifting to rebuild the game engine and so on for the new console, instead focusing on adding content and developing the single-player campaign .
But COVID-19 got in the way, as COVID-19 has and will continue to do. Of course, some GT fan will remind you that Polyphony does not have a historical history of timely delivery of games, apart from the challenges of a global pandemic, and so maybe we should all have seen this coming. Either way, it will not dull the sting off GT7s absence.
If there is another silver lining GT7 slipping into next year, I guess those who were waiting for the game to pull the trigger on a PS5 (raise their hand) can now afford to wait longer. The PS5 is still hard to find today, even almost four months since the system’s launch, so a little more respite is not the worst thing in the world.
Unfortunately, GT7s Disappearance leaves racing game fans with nothing big to look forward to over the next nine months. The Forza Motorsport Restart does not appear to be ready for release this year, judging by the very limited gameplay in the engine that Microsoft showed in 2020. And although Codemasters probably has some projects on the way, we do not yet know what they are. E3 should give us more information about these fronts, but until then it looks bleak.