FIA Motorsport Games drops Gran Turismo 7 for Assetto Corsa Competizione

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After a few months of speculation, the FIA has now confirmed that Gran Turismo has been dropped as the platform for the FIA Motorsport Games esports event. Instead, the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games will use Assetto Corsa Competizione when it is staged from 26-30th October 2022 in Marseille, and not Gran Turismo 7.

The 2022 FIA Motorsport Games will be the second running of the FIA’s own competition, coming after the 2019 edition and a two year break through the ongoing pandemic. It will use Assetto Corsa Competizione as the platform with each participating nation’s competitors playing with virtual GT3 cars.

A knockout format will be used to whittle down the 80 individual racers from countries around the world to get the 20 finalists, with one last race then deciding it all – ACC support 20 player lobbies compared to GT7’s 16 player limit. They will all be racing at a custom built version of the Circuit Paul Ricard, made specially by Kunos Simulazioni for the event.

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Assetto Corsa Competizione is all about GT3 class simulation racing.

GT3 cars are Assetto Corsa Competizione’s specialty. The game was released in 2019 for PC with the vehicles and teams from that year’s Blancpain GT Series, and has since grown to include GT4 class vehicles, different championships, and branched out onto consoles. That’s all it does, though. The physics and handling are narrowly focussed on this class of grand tourer, compared to Gran Turismo, which has a broader range of cars, from road cars up to fanciful prototypes.

With that in mind, making the jump from Gran Turismo to Assetto Corsa Competizione makes a fair bit of sense for the FIA, even though Gran Turismo has a broader playing audience and cultural awareness. They’re leaning on the established expertise of SRO Motorsports Group who, in addition to running a number of GT racing series around the world, has previously used Assetto Corsa Competizione for its own esports competitions in 2019, in addition to the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games.

Of course, while it was a nice tie in to have for the launch of GT Sport in 2017 and added validity to their vision for racing esports, Polyphony Digital and Sony don’t need the FIA to run their own esports competitions. In fact, the Gran Turismo World Series has already got going for the 2022 season with both Nations Cup and Manufacturers Cup running as expected. With the FIA leaving a sponsorship hole, Genesis and Brembo have joined as partners alongside the likes of Michelin, Toyota, Mazda, and more.

Source: FIA Motorsport Games

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