Sony delays release of Gran Turismo 4

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) will delay the release of one of its most-anticipated games of the holiday season, Gran Turismo 4, by more than three weeks, it said Thursday.

The game will ship in Japan on Dec. 28 rather than Dec. 3 due to further and unexpected work on the software code and other enhancements, said Yoshiko Furusawa, a spokeswoman for SCEI in Tokyo.

"There are several tasks that (the developers) had to do," she said.

The delay will also hit other markets. The company's U.S. unit had been planning to launch the title on Dec. 14, however this has now been postponed to an as-yet-undecided date sometime before the end of March 2005. The European launch date of the game had yet to be announced and so remains unchanged at sometime in 2005.

Gran Turismo 4 is the fourth version of the popular PlayStation racing franchise. Its predecessor, Gran Turismo 3, sold more than 6 million copies in North America and the two previous versions, Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo 2, sold 3.9 million and 3.8 million copies respectively, according to publisher Polyphony Digital Inc.

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