Gran Turismo Sport delisted from PS Store without warning

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Gran Turismo Sport has been delisted from the PlayStation Store ahead of the racing game’s server shutdown at the end of this month. While the removal of online functionality was expected, and game currency had already been removed from sale, pulling the game from the PS Store has been done without formal notice notice from Sony or Polyphony Digital.

The online services of GT Sport will be removed at 6AM UTC on 31st January 2024, with add-on items from the PlayStation Store having been removed from sale on 1st December 2023. With so much of the game’s content set to become unavailable, it makes sense to remove the game itself from sale as well.

We’ve asked Sony for comment on the removal.

Naturally anyone that has already purchased the game digitally will still have access to the game, though the server shutdown will impact the features available in game.

With no online services, Polyphony stated that features including Community, Open Lobby, Sport Mode and using custom liveries will no longer work. However, “offline portions” of the game will still be accessible, and an FAQ on the shutdown stated that garage cars, career mode progression and access to world circuits will still remain.

However, the wording is such that there are some doubt over whether or not continued progression will be possible. GT Sport, as with its successor GT7, uses an online save system that requires an internet connection in order to make progress even in single player races. The FAQ regarding the shutdown suggests that this function will still remain, as it notes that “Gameplay progression required as normal to unlock additional cars and items”.

Gran Turismo Sport Review

In our Gran Turismo Sport review, I wrote, “Gran Turismo Sport is a near essential purchase for PlayStation 4 racing fans. There might be a few disappointments in some of the limitations and regressions, but the brilliance of the game is in the small details that combine to enable willing players to become better drivers and racers and the implementation of multiplayer. Underneath it all, this is still a very familiar feeling Gran Turismo racing game, but it’s also one that’s set to grow and evolve over time and looks set to herald a new era of competitive online racing.”

That’s exactly what Polyphony did, as they delivered monthly updates with new cars, seasonal content and more. However, the big reset button was pushed with the launch of Gran Turismo 7 in early 2022, for both PS4 and PS5. GT Sport was superseded upon GT7’s release, so Sony naturally wants to move as much of its resources and community across to the newer game. This still sucks in the way that all always online (and always online adjacent) games inevitably do.

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