It’s not exactly a surprise, but we’ve finally seen Gran Turismo 7 unveiled for the PlayStation 5 during a special live Sony PS5 games event. The latest title from Polyphony Digital was introduced with videos featuring GT series founder Kazunori Yamauchi.
Obviously it’s exciting news, as it will be launching on new hardware. And the first official reveal trailer looks pretty amazing.
So like most people, we’ve already watched it several times.
Along with the footage from the PS5 – The Future of Gaming Show which featured Gran Turismo 7 alongside other flagship titles for the new Sony console.
You can see Gran Turismo 7 unveiled for the PlayStation 5 by Kazunori Yamauchi from 7 minutes into the full event.
And as these are the first, and only, bits of information we have so far, everyone in the sim racing world has been going through them in detail to see what’s actually been revealed. Even some of the racers claiming they only care about PC sims or those who claim loyalty to the Xbox, as who of us can really resist checking out a new Gran Turismo game?
The first point to note is that Kazunori Yamauchi specifically references the single player storyline, harking back to previous Gran Turismo titles.
“Today I would like to share with everyone some information about the new Gran Turismo that we are very excited about. I think this new Gran Turismo should make fans very happy, especially with the campaign mode. It should be something fun to look forward to.”
We can see Championships, a School, Brand Central and Used Cars in the top row, along with GT Sport Live to the right. So a used car dealership might let you pick up cheaper secondhand cars, or simply be used for older models.
The second row features Missions, GT World, Home, and a Tuning Parts Shop, so vehicle tuning returns to Gran Turismo.
And at the bottom come Special Events, Discover, Scapes, GT Cafe, GT Auto and Multiplayer.
So in Home, you can see all your cars, and change between them. Along with checking out gifts, a car index, and details including both the Gran Turismo Sport style car classes (N600 above), and the Performance Points system previously used in Gran Turismo 5 and 6.
As the N ratings are based around horsepower, these suggests a more balanced system for road cars than in Gran Turismo Sport.
So along with ‘Sarah’ guiding you around GT Town, you’ll also get Rupert helping you out in the Gran Turismo 7 tuning shop. And there seems to be a range of categories, including Entry parts, City, Sports, Racing and Extreme, suggesing some wild modifications may be possible as your progress through the campaign.
Obviously cars and tracks are an important part of Gran Turismo 7, and the videos do reveal some information.
Via GT World, you can visit Americas, Europe and Asia/Oceania with different race points for each territory. And as you can see above, there are real tracks such as Willow Springs and Daytona International Speedway. And fictional creations including Northern Isle Speedway from Gran Tursimo Sport, and Trial Mountain.
If you’ve played any Polyphony Digital title aside from GT Sport (and including the motorcycle racer, Tourist Trophy), you’ll recognise it. Although it does seem to have been tweaked for the latest game.
Other tracks are potentially revealed by looking closely at the main map screen and matching the location of the red dots.
Obviously some of these may be fictional creations which could confuse our guesses, but Gran Turismo 7 seems like to include Brands Hatch, Goodwood, Lagauna Seca, Interlagos, Sadegna, Circuit Sainte-Croix, Le Mans, Spa, the Nurburgring, Red Bull Ring, Catalunya, Maggiore and Monza from GT Sport for starters. No Isle of Man TT circuit, though…
The car list for Gran Turismo 7 is also likely to include plenty of examples from GT Sport. But the videos also highlight the BAC Mono in a Gran Turismo series debut, and the classic Porsche 917K. Obviously the 2016 Aston Martin DB11 and 2015 Toyota GT86 are prominently featured, but there also the Porsche Carerra GT, and the 911 GT1 Strassenversion.
Areas not covered in the videos so far include the Scapes for car photography, the GT Sport Live section which may stream events and competitions, and the GT Auto area.
Having grown from a place for car washing in older Gran Turismo titles into the paint and body shop for Gran Turismo 6, it’s likely to include any Gran Turismo 7 livery editor.
And there’s the mysterious GT Cafe. Which suggests some kind of social meet-up feature or hub?
Obviously we’ll be hard at work reporting the latest Gran Turismo 7 news and content. So keep checking back for more.