Atari has decided to withhold Test Drive Unlimited 2 until next year, saying the game’s multiplayer needs more polish.

The game was previously scheduled to release at the end of September, with a multiplayer beta assumed for the weeks ahead. This has also been delayed.

Atari will be distributing an exclusive in-game item to those who had already signed up for the beta, as a way of apologising for the delay.

A new release date is expected shortly.