Polyphony Digital has released all of the information that you need about Gran Tuismo 7 (GT7), the latest installement in a long line of racing simulators that have touched the hearts and dreams of numerous car enthusiasts around the world. We’re only a month away from its release, and the developers took to the recent State Of Play event to showcase GT7.
Whereas Gran Turismo Sport (GT Sport) was mainly focused on esports, GT7 is a welcome return to what the series was mainly known for. Kazunori Yamauchi says that GT7 is a “Car Life Simulator”, and he has the numbers to back that up. Expect more than 400 cars out of the box, along with 90 track layouts in 34 different locations.
The World Map will make a welcome return to Gran Turismo 7, which was a staple of Gran Turismo 4 (GT4) back in PlayStation 2. This time around, it’s taking the form of a “car-themed resort”. The Garage will be your home base, and you can fill this up with cars from three types of dealerships.
First is Brand Central is where new cars from 2001 and up are sold. This is then followed by the Used Car Dealership, and this is where you can buy modern cars for a lower price or the legendary Japanese ’90s sports cars at prices higher than their MSRPs. Lastly, The Legendary Car Dealership sells extremely rare cars with high historical value.
Also making a comeback is GT Auto, which last made its appearance in a simplified form in Gran Turismo 6. Tune to your heart’s content as the shop has now been revamped to feature over 650 aero parts, more than 130 wheels, more than 1,200 real-life paint colors, and a host of aftermarket performance parts, including Brembo (which is the game’s technical partner). If this isn’t enough for you, you’d be happy to know that GT Auto will now even offer wide body kits on compatible vehicles. Lastly, GT Auto also has a livery editor, which has now become a staple in recent Gran Turismo games.
To make the game accessible to a new and younger generation of Gran Turismo players, Polyphony Digital has introduced a new feature called GT Café. Visiting this shop lets players receive “Menu Books” providing them quests around the World Map. This will assist players in collecting cars, along with bringing them in-depth into the car’s history and even the design involved in the vehicles.
Another Gran Turismo staple is Scapes, which enables players to take extremely life-like photos of their vehicles in beautiful locations around the world, which is now more than 2,500 in the case of GT7. Race Photo, on the other hand, is new for Gran Turismo 7, and it now lets you pause your race and take photos while you drive on track.
And if you’re proud of your visual work, you can share this via Showcase. This is also where you can share your liveries, paint colors, just to name a few, all of which you can allow other players to download your work.
If you’re one of those who are fans of Gran Turismo’s soundtrack, then this new mode will be perfect for you. Say hello to “Music Rally”, which is players must drive in a way that they won’t run out of “beats” that deplete according to the rhythm of the track. The session is completed when the entire music track has been played. Players earn a prize according to the distance driven.
Of course, as with every new Gran Turismo game, graphical enhancements have been implemented as a way to narrow virtual and realism.
As with every up-and-coming Gran Turismo game, Polyphony Digital implements a host of improvements to the series’ realism. Variable time and weather conditions are making a return in Gran Turismo 7. Unlike before, the time and weather can now greatly affect the vehicle. Colder mornings will affect tire grip, while rain will introduce water accumulation in key areas. These areas also take a longer time to dry up.
Additionally, the developers were even able to recreate the track’s racing line, wherein these sections are the quickest to dry. Players also now have access to a rainfall radar, which will let them strategize whether to change tires or not, just like in a real-life race. Lastly, through the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), wind and humidity will now affect the car’s aerodynamics and engine performance.
The incredible level of realism is all thanks to feedback from their advisor Lewis Hamilton, along with tire manufacturer Michelin and the best drivers of the FIA GT Championships.
GT7 will be released both on PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation 5 (PS5), but it’s no surprise that this video game will definitely be best experienced in the newer gaming console. GT7 will take advantage of the PS5’s ray tracing. Plus, the developers were even able to recreate the clouds, night sky, and atmosphere of the regions where the tracks are located accurately.
Gran Turismo 7 will hit retailers on March 4. However, pre-orders have already been opened in official PlayStation Authorized Dealers and Sony Stores around the Philippines. Two versions will be sold: Standard Edition and 25th Anniversary Edition.
The Standard Edition retails for P2,990 for the PS4 and P3,490 for the PS5. Regardless, both come with the following freebies:
- GT7 Keychain
- 100,000 in-game credits
- 3-car pack (Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept (Stealth Model), Porsche 917 Living Legend, 1997 Toyota Supra GT500 (Castrol TOM’s Livery)
The 25th Anniversary Edition, on the other hand, retails for a whopping P4,490 and it comes with a physical copy of the PS5 version and a digital copy for the PS4. On top of what’s offered in the Standard Edition, this special edition version comes with the following freebies.
- Exclusive SteelBook case
- DLC Voucher (PS4 game + 25th-anniversary edition content)
- 1,100,000 in-game credits
- Toyota GR Yaris with country-specific livery
- 30 manufacturer & partner PSN Avatars
- Gran Turismo 7 soundtrack (physical copy)
These prices, however, are subject to change upon the game’s release on March 4, 2022. If you want to reserve yours today, a P500 deposit is needed for the Standard Edition, while the 25th Anniversary Edition comes with a P700 deposit.