In a somewhat surprising fashion, Polyphony Digital has released the next edition to their iconic Gran Turismo franchise for Playstation – Gran Turismo Sport.
Coming to the Playstation 4, Gran Turismo Sport looks like a major overhaul in Gran Turismo’s proven concept that has recently often been criticized as having become stale and lacking innovation.
Although official details are sparse as of now, Gran Turismo Sport will place a major emphasis on online competition and E-Sports, incorporating the partnership with the FIA that was announced a year ago.
Part of this co-operation will be two FIA-sanctioned online championships, “Nations Cup” and “Manufacturers Cup” alongside other E-Sports related events. Furthermore, Gran Turismo Sport is also destined to become the new home of Gran Turismo’s famous GT Academy competition that has helped several gamers to a career in racing.
Gran Turismo Sport will not just be about online racing though as a fairly extensive offline component has been confirmed as well, considering of several game modes.
In terms of technical information, Gran Turismo Sport is confirmed to come with a major overhaul in terms of graphics and sounds, not surprising considering the title has a brand new platform to work with. The title will also extensively support Sony’s upcoming virtual reality headset.
Many questions remain unanswered as there’s no clear confirmation on the title’s scope of content & features and whether Gran Turismo Sport is essentially Gran Turismo 7 or more like a Gran Turismo Prologue type of affair as it is the first GT title on the PS4 platform.
One thing is certain though as Polyphony Digital following modern trends in terms of distribution as a public beta version of Gran Turismo Sport will be available in early 2016 via the Playstation Network, with the final version being released later that year.