This week more rumours have surfaced as to the increasing delays surrounding Polyphony Digital’s flagship driving game. According to the trade publication MCV, sources close to Sony are saying that the latest instalment in the GT franchise, due for release sometime this fall in the US and in Europe, will support both 3D visuals and inclusion of PlayStation Move control options.
The source goes on to state that the numerous delays that have been constantly pushing back the game, is due to the developers needing extra time in order to properly include these two new features.
Previously, Sony, when displaying the PS3’s upcoming 3D enabled capabilities, have nearly always showcased Gran Turismo 5 to demonstrate the depth effect 3D provides in more realistic circumstances. It is a known issue that rendering games in 3D takes considerably more processing power than to render the same scene in 2D, as most objects essentially need to be rendered twice before the two are combined to form a final 3D image. Usually, the resolution or framerate takes a cut as a result of this.
In GT5’s case, the game was displayed at 720p and running at 60 frames per-second, something that would require a great degree of optimisation. So it is perfectly believable that a lot of extra work and optimisations would need to be done.
So far Sony have failed to comment, although with previous demos shown off to the press, the 3D part of the rumour is at least likely to be true.
Gran Turismo 5 has been in development since late 2004, and has cost an estimated 65 million dollars to make so far. According to director Kazunori Yamauchi, the game is around 90% complete, and is due for a late summer release in Japan, with the US and Europe hopefully getting the game by the end of the year.
With E3 2010 just around the corner, it is likely more information about the game will be forthcoming from the event.