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Gran Turismo Sport release date confirmed: Cars, tracks, and gameplay footage

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Gran Turismo Sport

Sony has finally unveiled its new flagship racing game – Gran Turismo Sport – at a dedicated launch event today.

This is a live story on the news as it happened at the GT Sport press conference. Reporting by Brett Phipps (@invertebrett) live at the event, and Sean Keach (@SeanKeach) from the office.

It’s official: the Gran Turismo Sport release date is November 15, 2016 in the US and Japan, November 16 in Europe, and November 18 in the UK. The upcoming PS4 exclusive will breathe new life into a franchise that’s spanned nearly two decades of gaming history. Moreover, Gran Turismo Sport is the very first title in the series to launch on Sony’s current-gen console, letting it make use of PS4's improved processing heft. There will be standard, limited, and steel book editions.

Watch our guide to Gran Turismo Sport

Brett tells me Kazunori Yamauchi, the producer of Gran Turismo, just said: "Could probably call [this game] Gran Turismo 7." It's a big one, then. He also confirmed that it's unlikely we'll see a Gran Turismo Sport beta, reportedly in a bid to save three months of development time.

Both Amazon and GAME have now listed GT Sport (standard edition) for pre-order at £49.99 in the UK. If you pre-order, you get access to a 3-car pack, including: Ford Mustang Group B Rally Car, Toyota FT-1 Vision GT Group 3, and Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1. The GT Sport Limited Edition will cost $69.99 in the US, and $89.99 in Canada.The Limited Edition includes:

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What is Gran Turismo Sport?

Developed by Polyphony Digital, Gran Turismo Sport is Sony's latest racer, first announced last year at Paris Games Week. It's the thirteenth entry into the Gran Turismo game franchise, and is a standalone entry – it's not part of the numbered series. The game features three game modes – Campaign, Sports Mode, and Arcade Mode – and will offer both online and offline racing.

Today, Sony confirmed that there would be 137 "super premium" cars, 19 locations, and 27 different track layouts – two of which are dirt tracks. Some of the tracks include Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, Willow Springs, Tokyo Epxress Way, and the Northern Isle Speedway – the first half-mile oval for the series.

The cars, meanwhile, will be a mixture of real and concept vehicles. All of the cars have been remodelled from scratch from Gran Turismo 6, including new interior views for all cars. There will be four classes of cars: Group 1-4. Here are a few shots:

carFord Mustang Group B Rally Car

carPeugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1

carToyota FT-1 Vision GT Group 3

The game also supports PlayStation VR, Sony's fledgling virtual reality headset. While PSVR isn't available just yet, it goes on sale in October, which is just in time for Gran Turismo Sport. Sony today confirmed that PSVR support will be available from launch. According to Yamauchi, PSVR will support all aspects of GT Sport, which Brett tells me means all gameplay modes.

Related: PlayStation VR vs HTC Vive

GT Sport Features

Racing games aren't just about putting you behind the wheel anymore. Polyphony has also bundled in a bunch of extra features to broaden the scope of the Gran Turismo Sport. For instance, the game now includes a Facebook-style timeline, which you'll be able to find on the revamped home dashboard. You can check this out on a web browser too, and there's even a companion app for mobile devices.

socialGran Turismo Sport's Facebook style timeline

There's also a new mode called Scapes that allows you to place your cars into beautiful landscape photos. These pre-set Scapes will come bundled with stored lighting information, which will let you change the focus and exposure of your snaps and create some pretty cool images. Sony says that there will be over 1,000 photo spots in Scapes mode, so you hopefully won't see the same landscapes re-used over and over again.

scapeHere's an example of a 'Scape'

Gran Turismo Sport Trailers

Here's the official gameplay trailer captured by Sony on a PS4:

And here's the original Gran Turismo Sport announcement trailer:

Sony is also live-streaming several hours of GT Sport gameplay footage – check it out:

A Brief History of Gran Turismo

The very first Gran Turismo game was released way back in 1997 on the Sony Playstation. It had just 140 cars – compared to the 1,226 vehicles featured in Gran Turismo 6 – with an impressive 10.8 million units shipped globally. It's generally regarded as the most critically acclaimed racing video game series ever.

Gran Turismo has always been a PlayStation exclusive, with lifelong sales totalling around 76.5 million (as of December 2015), which will of course grow with the release of GT Sport. It's actually the highest-selling video game franchise under the PlayStation brand, too.

Here are all the Gran Turismo main series entries to date:

  • Gran Turismo – 1997
  • Gran Turismo 2 – 1999
  • Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec – 2001
  • Gran Turismo 4 – 2004
  • Gran Turismo 5 – 2010
  • Gran Turismo 6 – 2013
  • Gran Turismo 7 – TBA

And here are all the Gran Turismo secondary releases:

  • Gran Turismo Concept: 2001 Tokyo – 2002
  • Gran Turismo Concept: 2002 Tokyo-Seoul – 2002
  • Gran Turismo Concept: 2002 Tokyo-Geneva – 2002
  • Gran Turismo 4 Prologue – 2003
  • Gran Turismo 4 Online – 2006
  • Gran Turismo HD – 2006
  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue – 2007
  • Gran Turismo (PSP) – 2009
  • Gran Turismo Sport – 2016

What's your favourite Gran Turismo game ever? Let us know below.

PS4.5: All you need to know

What do you think of Gran Turismo Sport? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Ana Helušić

May 19, 2016, 4:58 pm

PS4 WINSSS

Boomdizzle

May 19, 2016, 6:30 pm

Kind of seems like it's all race cars, which is fine, but I always enjoyed the street car side of gran turismo way more than the race car side.

happymealer

May 19, 2016, 8:04 pm

Note to the editor: Currently, the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 is labeled as the Toyota FT-1 Vision GT Group 3.

I'm excited for this game!

roborat

May 19, 2016, 8:09 pm

Finally PS4 has a racing game that catches up to Forza Motorsport 4 on the XBOX.

properly schooled

May 20, 2016, 1:20 am

same skinny tracks, same models, same GT5,6 look, just revamped to run on PS4.........I'll wait and see, at this point nothing on console excites me, except Red Dead 2, hopefully that'll come soon enough.

Cameron Lourenco

May 20, 2016, 3:48 am

The cars still have the same tire screeching sound effects from GT1 from Playstation 1, and the engine and exhaust notes still sound like vacuum cleaners. STILL! When will they update the sound effects? Ever?

Sean Keach

May 20, 2016, 11:13 am

Thanks for the spot! I've just fixed this now. +1 internet points to you

🇦🇺Marshall

May 20, 2016, 12:56 pm

As a PS to XB convert I agree. These might seem like small details to some but they go a long way in keeping a franchise from going stale - which GT has been for years.

GT5 was the last one I enjoyed, GT6 was actually less playable IMO and the last couple of Forzas bury them both.

Good luck to GT7 or GTS or whatever though, mainly because I have mates on PS who don't deserve a shìt sandwich.

Matt

October 4, 2016, 4:49 pm

Agreed. I play for the 90's Honda's, civic/crx/delsol/integra

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