It’s been relatively quiet so far this year for 2020 GT Sport updates. The last major change to the game was in Decemeber 2019, with the most recent patches released to fix various bug. And Polyphony Digital / Gran Turismo boss Kazunori Yamauchi has confirmed a more modest frequency and volume in a new tweet.
So we’ll still see new content for Gran Turismo Sport in 2020, but it’s likely to tail off. Not surprising as the title originally appeared in October 2017, and the new PlayStation 5 is scheduled for release at the end of this year.
Updated February 24th, 2020: A server maintenance notice has been posted for a new Gran Turismo Sport update taking place on February 27th from 6-8am GMT/UTC, during which time the online services will not be available.
With Gran Turismo 7 rumoured to be a launch or early release title for the PS5, it’s obvious that work on 2020 GT Sport updates will need to wind down.
Fortunately there are still some new cars to look forward to, as the teaser image shows. So have you guessed the cars from the picture?
The top car is pretty recognisable as a Fiat 500. There’s already an Abarth 500 in the game, along with a classic Fiat 500 F, (check out the Gran Turismo Sport Car List for the complete rundown), so it’s likely to be a more standard 2020 edition. Of the current Fiat 500 range, the Sport is basically a cosmetic upgrade, so it’ll be interesting to see what gets picked.
But it will be the first modern Fiat 500 to appear in a Gran Turismo game since GT6 in 2013, so that’s something.
Also possibly returning from Gran Turismo 6 is the Nissan 180SX, which appears to be the car in the bottom left, known as the 200SX outside Japan (240SX in North America). Built from 1988-1998, it was popular with JDM fans and drifting enthusiasts. The UK only saw the 1.8 litre turbo version, but a 2 litre, and 2 litre turbo version was also available in later models.
And the final version of the Nissan 180X did come with Type X, Type S and Type R variations, with the Type X being the top model.
Finally the bottom right car is easiest to name as the 6 litre, V12 Aston Martin DBR9, which was confirmed for the game in the video preview for the opening round for the FIA GTC Nations Cup in Sydney.
The DBR9 took two LMGT1 class wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2007 and 2008, along with victories at Sebring and in ALMS.
But where’s the rear wing of the racing machine? If it’s not hidden in the darkness, could we have been slightly misled? The Aston Martin DB9 was the road-going grand tourer from 2004-2016 currently missing from the game, and there was also the high performance Aston Martin DBS which blended the DB9 and DBR9, as well as appearing in the Casino Royale James Bond film…
So will we see the Aston Martin DBR9, DB9 or DBS? Place your bets now and we’ll find out later in the week.
With a new console on the way, now is a good time to jump into GT Sport if you’re still interested. Copies are readily available from Game, Amazon, or Play-Asia for example, and the player base will start to drop if Gran Turismo 7 does appear in November 2020.
Incidentally, for Gran Turismo fans, it’s well worth checking out the selection at Play Asia, which includes original game soundtracks and unusual merchandise along with UK, European and Japanese versions for all the games in the series.