TOKYO Oct 14 Sony Corp (6758.T) has delayed the
launch of "Gran Turismo 5", the latest version of the top-selling
motor racing game for its PlayStation 3 console, but still plans
for it to hit the market in time for the year-end shopping
Production difficulties were to blame for the delay, said
company spokesman Satoshi Fukuoka.
The announcement marks the second delay for the much-awaited
game. It was to have hit stores in the United States and Europe
on Nov. 2 and Japan the following day.
The electronics giant has sold more than 56 million copies of
Gran Turismo since its initial launch in 1997, and previewed 3D
images of the latest version at the Tokyo Game Show in September.
Sony is trying to attract casual gamers to PlayStation ahead
of the year-end with its Move motion-controlled accessories, but
needs offerings like Gran Turismo to retain the loyalty of core
(Reporting by Isabel Reynolds; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)