No, the headline is no cruel joke of some sort, Sony has just announced that Gran Turismo 5 won’t be released at the beginning of November but has been pushed back to the holiday season.
A few days ago, Russian websites first posted news about another delay, Sony was quick to clarify that this would only affect the Russian version. This was obviously not the case as the heavily-promoted November release is now obsolete.
The official Playstation Blog has just posted this statement, confirming the delay:
We can confirm that Gran Turismo 5 will not be available this November 2nd, but the game’s release will be coming this holiday season.
We sincerely apologize to GT fans for the delay, however, creator Kazunori Yamauchi and the team at Polyphony Digital want to make certain they are creating the perfect racing experience, and we are confident that this ambitious game will exceed expectations when it launches.
We’ll have more information for you in the near future.
Update: Sony expects to announce a specific release date by the end of October.
Gran Turismo 5 will be bringing 1000 cars and over 60 tracks to the Playstation 3, including new features such as damage, weather and day/night effects. GT5 will be one of the first six Playstation 3 games to be available in 3D. The title will be out during the holiday season, no exact date has been announced.