During PlayStation’s Paris Games Week conference, Polyphony Studios lead Kazunori Yamauchi, joined by SCEE CEO & President Jim Ryan, announced the latest iteration of their beloved and long running racing simulator with Gran Turismo Sport, coming exclusively to PlayStation 4.
During the reveal, the Polyphony developer leads praised the technical advances the PS4 brings to the franchise, which will bring improved graphics, physics and sound, making not only GT Sport a more-than-worthy successor in the franchise, but promises that GT Sport will be “most realistic driving simulator to date.” However, just revamping the visuals and adding new vehicles just isn’t enough for the developers at Polyphony,. No, for them, it’s about bringing innovation never-berfore-seen in a Gran Turismo title. It’s about starting a “revolution” in the way that people experience driving games and play online with each other from across the globe.
This revolution, being coined as the “rebirth of motorsports” is the FIA Gran Turismo Championships. Partnering with the historic FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), Gran Turismo Sport will feature not one, but two FIA online championships – both running simultaneously. There’s the Nations Cup, where players online will race to represent their country, while with the Manufacturers Cup, players will be asked to drive on behalf of their favorite car manufacturer. Players can also cheer on their home country or preferred vehicle manufacture during downtime in-between races.
Fans of the franchise will also want to get some practice in and take their races a little more seriously than previous titles… why? Well, the winner of the FIA Gran Turismo Championships will be honored and awarded at the FIA prize ceremony, alongside REAL motorsports champions – marking the first time ever in history a video game will be recognized as a part of the real motorsports industry. In another first in the franchise, Gran Turismo Sport will also be the first in virtual reality, with the upcoming title said to be compatible with PlayStation VR.
GT Sport, which hopes to attract old and new fans of all ages alike by making the game “more accessible”, will also receive a beta which is current on track for a 2016 trial. Keep an eye out @WTFGamersOnly for more details on the GT Sport Beta as they are become available.
Gran Turismo Sport, in development by Polyphony and to be published by Sony Computer Entertainment, is currently slated for release in 2016, exclusively for PlayStation 4.