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Gran Turismo 7 (commonly abbreviated as GT7) is a racing video game developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It is the eighth major release, the fourteenth game overall in the Gran Turismo video game series, the second game to be released on the PlayStation 4 and the first on PlayStation 5.[1] The game was released on the 4th of March, 2022, on both consoles.

On the PlayStation 5, the developers claimed that it will utilize features such as ray-tracing, 3D audio, fast loading times from the console's SSD and haptic feedback. It will also implement features from the past, present and future of the series.


Development

Initial hints

In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu (and translated by Polygon.com) in September 2013, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi mentioned that GT7 would be coming to the PlayStation 4 console "in a year or two". He also mentioned that it will be based on the same physics engine that Gran Turismo 6 uses.[2]

In an interview with GamesTM magazine in October of the same year, Yamauchi semi-confirmed a release for Gran Turismo 7" sometime in 2015 or 2016". He also spoke about how much more powerful the game will be on the PS4 and how much easier it is to develop on the new console versus the previous release, Gran Turismo 6, on the PlayStation 3.[3] The target release year was not met, however.

In 2016, a mention of GT7 was spotted in Nissan Motor Philippines' website for the 2016 GT Academy Philippines competition held between July 1 to August 31, 2016. Due to the timing, it is very likely the live event pods were actually using a pre-release version of GT Sport.[4] (Coincidentally, GT Sport is internally codenamed as "GT7SP").

In a 2018 interview with Japanese game news site Game Watch, Kazunori Yamauchi stated that since the release of Gran Turismo Sport, Polyphony Digital have begun working on the next Gran Turismo game.[5][6] This may suggest that GT7 did indeed start development on PlayStation 4 (there are rumors that developers began receiving then-upcoming PlayStation 5 developer kits as early as March 2017, but the developer kits were not reported to the public press until late 2019).

Announcement

On June 11, 2020, on the day of PlayStation 5 launch stream, an announcement trailer was released showing off GT7, showing us that GT7 will return to its roots rather than follow GT Sport's approach, This has been the only mention of GT7 Since an interview with Kazunori Yamauchi in 2013.

It was confirmed by PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan that GT7 would be delayed to 2022, citing development issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the confirmation, there were no news of the game for a while until Genesis announced their cars for the Manufacturer Series at the 2021 Monterey Car Week, although Sony was not involved in that annonucement.[7]

On June 2, 2021, a blog post was released which hinted that the game may also arrive on PlayStation 4.[8] This was later confirmed on the trailer released during the 2021 PlayStation Showcase stream.

Features

  • There are three Dealerships in the game:
    • Brand Central, for 21st century (2001 and newer) cars. These cars can be purchased at any time, although some cars may require an invitation.
    • Used Car Dealership (operated by Auto Plus), for road and "professionally tuned" cars from almost every model year. Many cars are available at a time, although some cars must be purchased in time before the stock runs out (a new mechanic for used car dealerships).
    • Legend Car Dealership (sponsored by Hagerty), for legendary road cars and race cars of years past. Up to ten cars are available at a time.
  • GT Café serves as the game's career, where the player must complete quests given by Luca, mostly completing car collections and winning championships.
  • World Circuits serves as hub to career races in the game. Many of the races also feature FIAGTC superstars from the GT Sport era as AI opponents.
  • License Tests return from GT6, where the player must complete several challenges in order to gain admission to certain races. There are five levels (National B and A, International B and A, and finally Super License); however only the National licenses are currently required for progression.
  • Mission Challenges also return, with various missions to complete involving various racing genres, including drag racing.
  • Sport Mode also return with Daily Races and annual online esports events, although made less of focal point compared to GT Sport's.

Car List

Main article: Gran Turismo 7/Car List

Building from GT Sport's car list as its foundation, there are currently 431 cars in the game as of version 1.15, with more added on monthly content updates.

Track List

Main article: Gran Turismo 7/Track List

The tracks featured in GT7 include every track from GT Sport, with returns of Daytona International Speedway, High Speed Ring, Trial Mountain Circuit, Deep Forest Raceway as well as new layouts for Alsace and Autodrome Lago Maggiore at launch.

Updates

Main article: Gran Turismo 7/Updates

So far, there have been two content updates for Gran Turismo 7, released monthly since April 2022, with some quality-of-life updates in-between.

Trailers

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Gran Turismo 7 Announcement Trailer

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Gran Turismo 7 Release Date Trailer-2

Trivia

  • This is the first game in the franchise to be released on two platforms, namely, the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
  • This is the second mainline game in the series to share the same menu sound effects as its predecessor, the first being Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, which shares that of Gran Turismo 2.
  • Various race cars have their names simplified (e.g. Toyota Castrol TOM'S SUPRA '97 becomes "Toyota Supra GT500 '97"), likely owing to livery support for the cars, and that some cars may have other livery variants integrated in their color selection (mostly apparent with Gr.3 cars).
  • The "GT Simulation Mode" menu is inspired by that of Gran Turismo 4, featuring a map with many icons relating to various features of the game. Also, it features a variety of game modes seen in past and present titles, such as GT Auto, GT Cafe, Special Events, Tuning Parts Shop and Used Cars (from past games), as well as Brand Central, Discover, GT Sport Live and Scapes (from Gran Turismo Sport). The second trailer makes the menus appear more 3D and life-like (now in the form of an island instead of a generic, darkened silhouette of a city), and official screenshots show that it can also transition from day to night. This island is officially called the "Gran Turismo Resort" in-game.
  • In the first trailer, clouds can be seen moving across Trial Mountain. Also, on one shot of the Porsche Carrera GT's interior, on the gauge cluster, the temperature appears to decrease from 16.5 degrees Celsius to 16.4. The second trailer confirms dynamic time of day and weather, and on the State of Play stream, it is said that the game's dynamic time of day and weather will feature realistic skies depending on the location of the tracks, as well as constellations at night.
  • Both trailers shows that the HUD whilst racing is almost completely identical to the one in Gran Turismo Sport, but with a few minor differences.
  • The Porsche Vision Gran Turismo and Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept appear on the game's cover art. It is also a reference to the older Gran Turismo logos colored in blue and red (with the Porsche VGT, in blue, and the Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept on the right, in red). It is also the first game in the series whose cover features a Vision Gran Turismo vehicle and with multiple unique cars on the cover; in this case, two different cars (for reference, Gran Turismo Concept in its Tokyo-Seoul version had three identical Hyundai Tuscani '01 models on the cover).
  • Just like in Gran Turismo Sport, GT7 will require a constant online connection for a majority of the game's features, let alone, saving game progress, and that players will only be able to use a stripped-down form of Arcade Mode when offline.
  • GT7 is the first game to include official drag races in some form, as Mission Races. Drag races finally make their debut in the franchise, after originally being cut from Gran Turismo 2. and not mentioned again in later games.
  • The game is withdrawn from sale in Russia (both physically and digitally; the distribution of PlayStation-related hardware and software has been suspended there, and their PS Store is also temporarily closed) following their invasion of Ukraine.
  • Prices of cars in the game reflect their real-world inflated prices (owing to a supply and demand law like in real life), or price sold at auctions, for example, the McLaren F1 '94 can cost up to Cr. 18,500,000, and with microtransactions, this could cost up to $190 (not including tax); roughly the price of three full-priced games. Coupled with the reduced payouts for World Circuits events in version 1.07, this caused controversy amongst the community.

References

External links

es: Gran Turismo 7

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