Gran Turismo 7 Delayed To 2022 Due To Covid

Sony says "critical aspects" of development have been hit hard by the pandemic

Published: February 23, 2021 10:11 AM /


A sleek retro car in Gran Turismo 7

Upcoming racing sim Gran Turismo 7 won't be launching in 2021. Sony has delayed the game until 2022 due to Covid-related development challenges, as revealed by SIE president Jim Ryan in a new interview.

Why was Gran Turismo 7 delayed?

This news comes via a new interview conducted with Ryan by British magazine GQ. The magazine asks Ryan about Sony's 2021 roadmap, and Ryan responds by naming Returnal, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and Horizon Forbidden West. GQ then notes that Ryan doesn't mention Gran Turismo 7, which was previously dated for 2021. At this point, a Sony PR rep steps in and "promises a statement" on Gran Turismo 7. Said statement says development on the game has been "impacted by Covid-related production challenges".

Sony refers to the situation around the pandemic as "a dynamic and changing situation", with some critical elements of the game development process "slowed over the past several months". Unfortunately, the studio doesn't provide a new release date for Gran Turismo 7, stating instead that Sony will share more information on the Gran Turismo 7 release date "when available". It looks like you'll have to wait a little longer if you were hoping for some racing action on your PS5 this year.

What else do PS5 owners have to look forward to?

Despite news of this setback, Sony still has plenty to entice you in the pipeline. The company just announced a new PlayStation VR headset, which Jim Ryan says will be "a completely new VR format for PS5". It'll utilize a single-cord setup, and dev kits will be sent out to creators very shortly. However, Ryan says the company isn't ready to release a full set of specs or announce a release date for PSVR2 (name not final) yet.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, a game headlining the PS5's slate for 2021 after the Gran Turismo 7 delay
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will headline the PS5's 2021 slate after news of the Gran Turismo 7 delay.

As Ryan says, there are plenty of PS5 games on their way this year, including the aforementioned ReturnalRatchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and Horizon Forbidden West. Those games will join Arkane's Deathloop, Tango Gameworks' GhostWire: Tokyo, and Sony's own God of War: Ragnarok this year. Of course, we'll bring you more on Gran Turismo's new release date as soon as we get it, but it might be a while before we hear more about it. Stay tuned.

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