Gran Turismo 7 will return to the style of game and “royal purpose” of older games in the series, Polyphony Digital’s Kazunori Yamaushi has said in an interview with Octane Japan.
This will likely be a relief to some long-time fans of the sim racing series, following on from the online and esports focus of Gran Turismo Sport, the only Gran Turismo game released for the PlayStation 4. While GT Sport did quickly see the return of more meaningful offline races with the GT League shortly after its release in 2017, and plenty of cars have been added to the game since then as well, its beating heart was the Sport Mode and online racing that tied in with the FIA-certified Gran Turismo Championships – “It may have seemed quite outlandish for some people!” Yamauchi said.
Sport Mode will continue to be a major part of the series going forward, but Gran Turismo 7 looks set to return to the collectathon racing game of old. Yamauchi told Octane Japan, “While inheriting elements such as the [FIA] championship realized in Sport, Gran Turismo 7 will return to the royal purpose of full volumes like [Gran Turismo] 1-4, and provide the best Gran Turismo experience at present.”
Of course, that is pretty much to be expected. This is a numbered game in the series, while GT Sport could be seen as a spin-off of sorts. It’s also in line with what has previously been said about the game.
Though heavily rumoured over the last few years, Gran Turismo 7 for PlayStation 5 was announced at the console’s reveal event in June 2020, giving us a good long look at the game. That included showing off the game’s ‘GT Town’ main menu, which is suitably esoteric, car upgrading, and a good long look at some actual gameplay.
The trailer also showcased stunning next-gen graphics with 4K, HDR and ray traced reflections, all while targeting 60fps. It will also take advantage of the PS5’s ultra-fast SSD, Tempest 3D AudioTech and use the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback of the DualSense to enhance the immersion for players using a gamepad instead of a racing wheel.
Gran Turismo 7 is expected to release for PlayStation 5 in 2021.