First revealed back in 2015, Gran Turismo Sport is bringing the historic racing franchise to the PlayStation 4 for the first time, and aims to take advantage of the PS4 Pro capabilities, returning to form as the major Sony racing franchise.
We’ve rounded up everything we know about Gran Turismo Sport for you right here, including the Gran Turismo Sport release date.
Gran Turismo Sport Essential Information:
- Release Date: October 18, 2017
- Price: TBC, likely full priced $60
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Developer: Polyphony Digital
- Platforms: PS4
- Genre: Racing
Gran Turismo Sport Release Date and Price
In the trailer featured just below, Sony revealed that Gran Turismo Sport would be releasing worldwide on October 18, 2017, almost a year after the original release date of November 2016 was previously given for the game. The trailer also shows that GT Sport is set to take advantage of PS4 Pro capabilities, which was previously confirmed for the game by Polyphony Digital.
Given the track record of Gran Turismo as one of the premier, best selling franchises for Sony, as well as past games in the series releasing at a $60 price point, expect Gran Turismo Sport to release for the same price. It should be noted that this was the original pre-order price for the game, before Sony cancelled all pre-orders.
Gran Turismo Sport Closed Beta
Earlier this year, Polyphony Digital announced that there would be a closed beta for Gran Turismo Sport in April. Although the closed beta began as only being available in the US, it extended after a week to Europe, wrapping up several days later.
We haven't yet heard anything about an open beta for GT Sport, but we'll keep an eye out for any information before the game releases later this year.
Gran Turismo Sport Demo
Polyphony Digital announced in early October, with just a few weeks to go till the release of Gran Turismo Sport worldwide, that there would be a free demo for the game launching on October 9. Although the demo will be free for all, and progress made in the demo will carry over to the final copy of the game, it will be available for a limited time only.
GT Sport Car List and Tracks
While not every car has been revealed for GT Sport at this time, it is known that the final list will come in at 137 cars in total. These cars will then be divided into four classes, starting at the lower GT.4 and rising to the higher GT.1. However, not all these cars will be real, and developer Polyphony will be implementing some original concept cars into the game.
Gran Turismo Sport will feature 19 locations around the world, and a total of 27 tracks between these locations. A full list of the tracks and locations isn’t available at this time, but is known that the legendary Brands Hatch will be returning to the game, and there will be a Tokyo Speedway track based off actual highways in Japan.
PS4 Pro Boost for Gran Turismo Sport
Revealed at the PSX presentation in December last year, Gran Turismo Sport will receive a boost from being played on the PlayStation 4 Pro. A trailer at the event stated that GT Sport would be taking advantage of both the PS4 Pro’s checkerboarding and HDR 10 abilities, in order to deliver 4K and HDR output. This generally means that players will see a 64% increase in colors displayed on screen, according to GT Sport creator Kazunori Yamauchi.
Our Interview With GT Sport Creator Kazunori Yamauchi
We recently went hands-on with Gran Turismo Sport at E3 2017, and while the racing game look staggeringly gorgeous on the PlayStation 4 Pro, we got to put a few questions to the series creator Kazunori Yamauchi, the first of which was all about how he sees the current rivals of GT Sport.
"I'm not sure, I don't know what kind of work they are doing now," Yamauchi replied in answer to our question. "In terms of quality, no one has anything on us. We're at the top. I'm very confident about that."
From there, our conversation turned to how Kazunori Yamauchi sees the current crop of home consoles which, while he believes they make it easier for creators to prosper, the power of the home console has started to plateau. "From now on, we're in an age where the creator's is really going to make the difference in how the game turns out," he concluded.
This is all the information we have for now on Gran Turismo Sport. But with E3 2017 right around the corner and the game still scheduled to release this year, we should expect some more concrete details on the game before too long.