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Gran Turismo 5 Delay: Is COD Black Ops the reason?

After continuous delays for a game that has been in development for half a decade, you really have to wonder what is going on at Polyphony Digital and Sony headquarters. Is the latest delay for Gran Turismo 5 really development related?

After hearing that the game won’t make it’s November 2nd launch date in the US, it does make you think that there is either a major problem which has just been discovered and they are not telling us, or it’s something else.

Some interesting comments have been made by SCEA producer Taku Imasaki, when speaking in a recent interview with the New York Times. Here is the part which got our attention:

“We’re really close, but this was an executive decision that was made yesterday. Realistically, we thought we had a good date. We’re not happy over here.”

The keyword being ‘executive’ decision here. Now if you consider that Call of Duty: Black Ops – arguably biggest game of the year will be launching on November 9th, you have to wonder if that was the ‘executive’ decision that this member of Sony was hinting at.

You might think that it’s outrageous to think that, but we wouldn’t rule it out. Gran Turismo is Sony’s baby, so if they could benefit from better sales after a Call of Duty launch, why wouldnt they do it? If they launched on November 2nd as expected, then they might see a sudden drop in sales one week later when Black Ops launches.

This is just our thoughts of course, and something that you should bear in mind when thinking why GT5 has been delayed, again. Let us know your thoughts on this.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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n00b
n00b

@Joe wtf are you talking about?i actually OWN forza and it is truly pathetic attempt of the simulator genre.How can you call it kick ass? Turn 10 are the least helpful develepor going aswell,top gear pack and you have to buy the game again? also the physics feel like your on a magic carpet and the damage is unrealistic at best

Joe
Joe

makes perfect sense. Plus sony is still lagging xbox. Sony doesn't want the xbox to stay the defacto shooter platform by saturating the market with another triple A title just before black ops. Also, most publishers have non compete clauses with the major consoles so they don't release triple A titles right on top of each other. Just remember all the GT5 fanboys slagging Forza3. Debate which one is better all you want. I've been playing a kick ass racing game for over a year while GT fanboys have twiddled their thumbs.

deere johny
deere johny

Uh..seriously????? Delaying the release date of GT5 simply because COD7 is coming out can be view as a smart move. Now, the other side of the story is that not everyone plays shooter games. Also, there are other facts to consider, it is true that COD franchise is one of the biggest and may offset sales. Think about this, it's not a good move either to delay it right before Black Friday. If there is a true delay not associated to COD release, they might wait until Spring.

kory
kory

COD black ops is going to destroy the whole market. plus, grand turismo is not even that good. just good graphics. i'm buying cod black ops and dragon ball raging blast 2 so i would say yess.

Tom
Tom

I think it is the reason. A lot of companies with games releasing this year around the time call of duty is to be released have moved around probably because of Black Ops. Call of duty is THE biggest franchise in the games industry today. So yeah companies will fear that their games will see a drop off in sales because as soon as Black Ops comes out as everyone will flock in the masses to buy it. Releasing Gran Turismo 5 earlier this year would have been better. They can’t release it a week before because sales will drop… Read more »

GT5
GT5

this was retarded… worst article ever.

comicon
comicon

your stupid gt5 will be bigger than black ops plus there both differnet genres .idiot

Fredzy
Fredzy

No.

Comedykev
Comedykev

“Gran Turismo 5 Delay: Is COD Black Ops the reason?” Err No.

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