Gran Turismo is the ultimate racing game franchise for PlayStation and the first game was released around 20 years ago. It was practically launched on every Sony device and in the process, sold 76 million copies. The next installment in the Gran Turismo franchise has been finally declared for the PS4 but it won’t be titled Gran Turismo 7.
From the looks of it, GT Sport will face serious competition from titles like Assetto Corsa and Project Cars. According to a post on the GT Sport website, Polyphony and Sony will be bringing the GT Sport game to London during a mega event for fans as well as journalists.
The event will be taking in East London’s Copper Box Arena, located near Olympic Park. This public will get the chance to play this game for the first time. There will be 9 full-scale concept cars from Vision Gran Turismo and in addition to that, there will be 2 quarter scale models available on display.
You can also watch the event through the official Gran Turismo YouTube channel on 19th May at 10:45AM PT. After that, the championship for GT Sport will begin and there will be a pre-season test featuring two new FIA-approved Championship Cups in Gran Turismo. They are the Nations-Cup Pre-Seasons Test and the Manufacturer Fan-Cup Pre Seasons Test.
Therefore, the launch of GT Sport has already been confirmed but Sony is yet to reveal a release date for the game, to be exclusively launched on PS4. According to critics, the game will come out later this year or in the early months of 2017.
According to Polyphony Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment, GT Sport should not be confused with Gran Turismo 7. Also, the former title is not a prologue for the latter. Further rumors suggest that Gran Turismo 7 will be released as a definite sequel to the GT Sport title. After Polyphony Digital launches GT Sport this week, they will focus on Gran Turismo 7’s development.
Considering GT Sport’s release date, you can expect Gran Turismo 7 to be released sometime in 2018 or 2019 for the PlayStation 4. After missing the March deadline, there were rumors suggesting that GT Sport development has been delayed. Phillipe Cardon, the Vice President of Sony Europe declared that this game will be one of the many game titles, to be released in 2016, as reported by iDigital Times.
Earlier, it was speculated that the development of Gran Turismo 7 has been cancelled. Lawyer Herald reported that this is due to the release of another title named Gran Turismo Sport. Thankfully, Kazunori Yamauchi debunked all such rumors and declared that GT Sport will be completely different from Gran Turismo 7.
Yamauchi also mentioned that with the specs and hardware of PlayStation 4, it would be much easier to manage, render and design the upcoming Gran Turismo 7. The game will be much more unique, compared to its predecessors, since the console is capable of rendering high-quality data.
Due to this, you can also expect a smoother gameplay. In order to focus on sound improvement for Gran Turismo 7, a member of Forza Motorsport (Xbox exclusive racing game franchise) sound development team was recruited by Polyphony Digital.