Gran Turismo 7 (commonly abbreviated as GT7) is an upcoming racing video game being developed by Polyphony Digital and will be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It will be 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. The game's release date has been revealed to be 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.
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.
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. 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. (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. 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).
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.
On June 2, 2021, a blog post was released which hinted that the game may also arrive on PlayStation 4. This was later confirmed on the trailer released during the 2021 PlayStation Showcase stream.
- Main article: Gran Turismo 7/Car List
- Main article: Gran Turismo 7/Track List
- This is the first game in the franchise to be released on two platforms, namely, the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
- 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, and official screenshots show that it can also transition from day to night.
- 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, however based on footage, it may be possible that there will be a reduction in grid size, as it showed races featuring up to ten cars on track instead of 20 to accommodate this feature.
- Both trailers shows that the HUD whilst racing is almost completely identical to the one in Gran Turismo Sport. This may be a placeholder, however.
- The Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept and a yet to be identified blue Porsche concept car appear on the game's promotional artwork. It is also a reference to the older Gran Turismo logos colored in blue and red (with the unknown Porsche on the left, in blue, and the Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept on the right, in red).
- 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 Arcade Mode when offline.
- Gran Turismo 7 Revealed for PlayStation 5. GTPlanet.net. Published 2020-06-11. Accessed 2020-06-11.
- Gran Turismo 6 producer talks physics engines, smartphone linkups, and the presumed GT7. Polygon. Published 2013-09-11. Accessed 2013-09-12.
- PS4 to Make “Incredible Difference” for Gran Turismo 7, says Kazunori Yamauchi. GTPlanet. Published 2014-10-13. Accessed 2014-10-13.
- GT Academy 2016 Philippines website
- 2018 Game Watch Kazunori Yamauchi interview (Japanese)
- Kazunori Yamauchi Hints at Next Gran Turismo at Taipei Game Show - GTPlanet
- Hermen Hulst Q&A: What’s Next for PlayStation Studios - PlayStation.Blog. Published 2021-06-02.