We all knew this year was going to be full of covid-related delays. But Gran Turismo 7 and its new 2022 release window has to be one of the biggest disappointments we could get. We’re just lucky a number of racing games are available on the new hardware with PS5 updates, otherwise our lap times would start to suffer.
It’s a game that’s been in development for some time. But it now appears that Gran Turismo 7 will be staying in the pits for a while longer yet. That’s because Covid 19 has once again hit a game’s production time, meaning it isn’t ready to launch this year. So, it won’t be engines on and light’s out until 2022.
It’s made even worse by the fact I can’t even narrow it down to a specific quarter, which means it could very much be the December as much as the January. All we can do is hope that control of the pandemic starts to allow development companies to return their working arrangements back to normal – or at least more normal than it is now. And no further unforeseeable events occur.
Otherwise it’s going to be a year of very many empty shelves indeed.
The disappointing news was broken by a statement from Polyphony Digital themselves, where it read:
“GT7 has been impacted by Covid-related production challenges and therefore will shift from 2021 to 2022. With the ongoing pandemic, it’s a dynamic and changing situation and some critical aspects of game production have been slowed over the past several months. We’ll share more specifics on GT7’s release date when available.”
And it certainly sounds as though the team is as downbeat about it as we are. After all, it’s a racing game that promises a lot – even threatens to redefine what the arcade-simulator genre means – and something none of us can wait to try after it being teased for so long. It’s just a shame we’ve got this close to the line only to run out of fuel. But that’s racing, right?
Source: GQ Magazine