Sony has finally unveiled its new flagship racing game – Gran Turismo Sport – at a dedicated launch event today.
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:
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:
Ford Mustang Group B Rally Car
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1
Toyota 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.
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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.
Gran 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.
Here'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
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