Gran Turismo Sport

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Gran Turismo Sport
GT Sport cover art.jpg
Day One Edition cover art featuring the Mercedes-AMG GT
Developer(s) Polyphony Digital
Publisher(s) Sony Interactive Entertainment
Producer(s) Kazunori Yamauchi
Series Gran Turismo
Platform(s) PlayStation 4
Release
  • NA: October 17, 2017
  • EU: October 18, 2017
  • JP: October 19, 2017
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Gran Turismo Sport[a] is a racing video game developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4. It was announced at the 2015 Paris Games Week and is the thirteenth game overall in the Gran Turismo video game series and the first game in the series to be released for PlayStation 4. It was released worldwide in October 2017, receiving generally favorable reviews from critics.

Gameplay[edit]

Similar to its predecessors, Gran Turismo Sport is a racing game and includes two game modes: "Sports Mode" and "Arcade Mode". Online racing is also featured in the game. The game has been described as different from the "Prologue" titles seen in the past in the series and features more content. Unlike Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo 6, the game does not feature dynamic weather system and day-night cycle. However, players still have the option to modify the race's time of day before entering the race.[1] It includes 177 cars and 27 configurations of 19 locations to race on. For the first time in the series, the game features Porsche vehicles included in the game after Electronic Arts' licensing rights to the Porsche brand had expired (previous Gran Turismo games only included RUF as a substitute).[2]

FIA Gran Turismo Online Championship[edit]

The FIA aims to formally ratify the Gran Turismo Online Championship at the next World Motorsport Council meeting. Two championships will be held simultaneously throughout the year: the Nations Cup, where players represent their country, and the Manufacturers Cup, where players represent their favorite car manufacturer. Once ratified, the FIA will manage the series directly as they would with any of their other race series. The winners of the championships will be honored at the FIA's annual prize-giving ceremony in Paris.[3]

Live eSports events[edit]

The Nations Cup and the Manufacturers Cup will have "live" components similar to the regional finals held in the GT Academy competition. Organised online events are planned to be held on a regular basis.

PlayStation VR support[edit]

Gran Turismo Sport was originally announced to be fully compatible with Sony Interactive Entertainment's virtual reality headset, PlayStation VR. The experience while playing was described by series creator Kazunori Yamauchi as "very good and very natural".[4] However, it was announced later that VR support would be limited to a special VR Tour Mode.[5]

TAG Heuer partnership[edit]

Polyphony Digital and TAG Heuer announced a partnership for the game. TAG Heuer serves as the timekeeper and watch brand for Gran Turismo Sport, where its "Live Timing Technology" is utilized to measure all in-game time. Additionally, TAG Heuer is integrated into the museum section of Gran Turismo Sport, showcasing the history of the Swiss watch maker.[6]

Development and release[edit]

In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu (and translated by Polygon), series creator Kazunori Yamauchi mentioned that "Gran Turismo Sport would be coming to the PlayStation 4 console, possibly "in a year or two [from 2013]". He also mentioned that it will be based on the same physics engine that Gran Turismo 6 uses.[7] In an interview with GamesTM magazine, Kazunori Yamauchi mentioned a release for Gran Turismo Sport sometime in 2016/2017. He also spoke about how much more powerful the game will be on PlayStation 4 and how much easier it is to develop on the console versus Gran Turismo 6 on the PlayStation 3.[8] Gran Turismo Sport was later announced at Paris Games Week. Sony originally claimed that Sport is a separate entry, but Yamauchi later confirmed that it is a main entry in the series.[9]

Polyphony Digital expected Gran Turismo Sport to have much improved gameplay elements due to the enhanced processing power of the PlayStation 4.[10] The game is the first in the Gran Turismo series to support the virtual reality headset PlayStation VR. A beta was scheduled to take place in the first and second quarter of 2016 before a full release on November 15,[11] but Sony later announced that the beta had been cancelled so as to prevent the game from being delayed to 2017.[12] On August 30, 2016 it had been announced that the game will be delayed to 2017 to further polish the game.[13]

Despite the cancellation of the beta for the game in 2016, a closed beta was confirmed for March 17, 2017 for selected users in the United States and Europe to experience the game's features prior to its release.[14]

Kamui Kobayashi was one of the drivers who provided technical assistance in the game.[15]

The inclusion of Porsche automobiles was announced on April 11, 2017. Following expiration of Electronic Arts' exclusive licensing to Porsche, Gran Turismo Sport marked the first appearance of Porsche in a Gran Turismo title.[16]

Open beta and release[edit]

On 13 July 2017, the game was given a release date of October 17 in North America.[17] A free demo launched on October 9. Lasting five days, the open beta allowed a limited amount of in-game progress to carry over to the full release on October 17, 2017.[18] The demo included all three modes: arcade, campaign, and sport.[19][20] PlayStation Plus members could pre-load the demo on October 7.[21] While the game is the first in the franchise to connect to PlayStation VR, the demo did not include that feature.[22] The demo also had the livery editor for customizing vehicles and Scapes photo mode.[23] More than a million people played the beta.[24]

Updates[edit]

On December 22, 2017, GT Sport received its first major update with the re-introduction of the traditional single player campaign as in the previous titles, in the form of GT League, alongside 15 new cars.[25][26] The second major update was released on January 26, 2018. It featured 10 new cars, a new track (Monza), and new track layouts.[27] The third major update was released on February 28, 2018. It featured 12 new cars, new track layouts and an expansion to GT League.[28] The fourth major update was released on March 29, 2018. It featured 13 new cars, a new group (Gr. 2) for the three new GT500 cars, a new track (Tsukuba), and an expansion to GT League.[29] A fifth update on April 30, 2018 saw the addition of the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept to the game alongside three new GT League events with the "Garden" variation of the Dragon Trail circuit. May 30th saw the release of content update #6 - its main new features were the Circuit de la Sarthe (which hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans) and nine new cars, including 3 Group C Le Mans race cars, two of which (Jaguar XJR-9 and Sauber Mercedes C9) won Le Mans in 1988 and 1989.[30]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic75/100[31]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid6/10[32]
EGM6/10[33]
Game Informer7.75/10[34]
Game Revolution3/5 stars[35]
GameSpot8/10[36]
GamesRadar+4/5 stars[37]
IGN7.5/10[38]
Hobby Consolas84%[39]
Metro7/10[40]

Gran Turismo Sport received "generally favorable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[31]

Eurogamer's Martin Robinson described GT Sport as a deviation from past games in the series, by cutting the vast car collections of its predecessors and placing a sharper emphasis on competitive online driving. "There are no lunar rovers, no 19th century single horsepowered wagons and not even anything by way of an open wheel racer to be found in its car list at launch. Yet, conversely, this is possibly the most focused, directly enjoyable game Polyphony Digital has put out since the heady days of Gran Turismo 3." Robinson praised the improved sound design and addition of a livery editor that allows players to create and share their own designs online.[41] The website later ranked the game 21st on their list of the "Top 50 Games of 2017".[42]

IGN likewise noted that GT Sport's garage and track selection is smaller when compared to other racing games, a decision they found impossible to forgive, but described the shift to online racing as serious, sensible, and well-structured. "That PvP online environment, or Sport Mode as its dubbed, is where developer Polyphony Digital has gambled all its chips. The good news is that it has indeed created a sturdy online racing venue." Luke Reilly observed the introduction of a Sportsmanship Rating that, over time, separates poor drivers from good ones, and while less than perfect "rewards clean sectors, fair overtakes, and respectful racing."[38]

Ray Carsillo of Electronic Gaming Monthly considered the game to visually gorgeous and thought the cars handled well, "easily the strongest aspect of the game", but was scathing in his assessment of the always online approach to play. "If you don't play the game online, you can't save the game, and most of the games features–only single arcade races are available offline–are locked away." Carsillo awarded the game a 6/10 concluding it will disappoint anyone hoping for a more traditional Gran Turismo experience.[33]

Jason Faulkner of Game Revolution was equally critical of the game, devoting a large portion of his review to observing the differences between GT Sport and racing games of rival color. "You'll get a lot more feeling of the weight of the cars as you drive them in this game than you do in Forza, but there's still something lacking when compared to Project Cars 2." While the cars are stunningly recreated with excellent handling, Faulkner said there simply aren't enough of them, especially when contrasted with the two aforementioned titles. "The track list is sparse as well. There are only 17 locations available in GT Sport, with variations bringing the total number of circuits up to 40." Faulkner lamented the loss of single-player content in favor of GT Sport's new online mode, which no matter how well crafted, would be unavailable when not connected to the servers.[35]

Justin Towell of GamesRadar awarded GT Sport 4 out of 5 citing superb tracks, solid controls and incredible handling nuance across a range of high powered vehicles. Towell said that although the game continues to offer an educational single player experience with a collection of scenarios to overcome, it's somewhat "pedestrian" and not a patch on Forza 7's career mode. Instead, the central pillar of GT Sport, and the game's main selling point, are the FIA-recognised online game modes: "Winning a slipstreaming race around an oval against real opponents is far more exciting than any offline mode. And with the real-world calendar of events taking place at set times, it all feels like it really means something." Towell noted the inconvenience that can arise when players lose internet connection but presumed the measure was "to keep an eye on cheaters".[37]

In Game Informer's Reader's Choice Best of 2017 Awards, the game came in second place for "Best Racing Game".[43] It was also nominated for the same category in IGN's Best of 2017 Awards.[44]

Sales[edit]

Gran Turismo Sport topped the UK all-formats physical sales charts for one week,[45] selling nearly three times as many copies as Forza Motorsport 7.[46] It did the same in Japan[47] and New Zealand, and ranked number 2 in Australia.[48] During its first week on sale in Japan, Gran Turismo Sport sold 150,286 copies, which placed it at number one on the all format sales chart.[49]

The game reached number 1 in the Japanese download sales charts,[50] number 2 in the European download chart,[51] and number 5 in the US.[52]

By May 2018, the game had sold around 3.3 million copies worldwide.[53] As of July 2018, the game had around 5.5 million players worldwide.[54]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2016 Game Critics Awards Best Racing Game Nominated [55]
Gamescom 2016 Best PlayStation 4 Game Nominated [56]
Best Racing Game Nominated
2017 Game Critics Awards Best Racing Game Nominated [57]
The Game Awards 2017 Best Sports/Racing Game Nominated [58]
2018 21st Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Racing Game of the Year Nominated [59]
National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Game, Franchise Racing Nominated [60][61]
Game, Simulation Won
Innovation in Game Technology Nominated
Song Collection Nominated
Song, Original or Adapted ("A Country Song")[b] Nominated
The Independent Game Developers' Association Awards Best Audio Design Pending [62]
Best Racing Game Pending
Best Social Game Pending

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ グランツーリスモSPORT (Guran Tsūrisumo Supōtsu) in Japanese, commonly abbreviated as GT Sport
  2. ^ Incorrectly labelled as "No Nothings".

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