Slam on the brakes.
The upcoming PS4 exclusive by Polyphony Digital Gran Turismo Sport recently got a huge amount of information revealed, including a release date. However, it was also revealed that the supposed beta for the game has been cancelled.
Originally a beta was scheduled for spring 2016, but creative director Kazunori Yamauchi revealed that the beta was cut in order to make the 2016 release date.
Speaking to Videogamer, Yamauchi said, “That’s something that I’m very, very sorry about. In order to do a beta test we have to make a gold master of the beta test code, and for us it actually takes as much effort as to finish the real master code of the actual game.
“Just because it’s beta we can’t just throw it out there. It’s required that in order to do an open beta we have to create a proper master for it, and considering the release timing that we announced, we decided that we just don’t have enough time to do two gold masters for the game.”
By omitting the beta, Yamauchi reveals they saved about three months worth of development time.