Gran Turismo Sport: What do we know so far?

With the sort-of-sequel to Gran Turismo 6 being brewed up by Kazunori Yamauchi and co. at the moment, I thought now would be a good time to have a little recap about the information that has been released so far, as well as taking the opportunity to speculate a little about the game.

So, when’s it coming out then?

The first thing we all want to know is: when will Gran Turismo Sport be released? Spring 2016 is the official word from the GT crew themselves so far, regarding an early beta version for fans to play, with no indication that the game won’t be ready in time.

But, this is Gran Turismo we’re talking about here – a series which has been bitten by the delayed bug more than once before, so expect the full game to release in late 2016.

Remember that Gran Turismo 2 was actually released before it was finished, leaving remnants of a half-baked drag racing mode scattered around, as well as the unfortunate glitch of not being able to attain 100% game completion.

What cars can we drive?

Judging by the official trailer, we’re in for a mix of concept cars and racing cars, which is a pretty standard manufacturer list when it comes to Gran Turismo these days. While there are bound to be some familiar faces returning from GT6, they’ll almost certainly be some new wheels to drive.

The Mazda LM55 has inadvertently become a bit of a poster-boy for the game, with fans being bowled over by its striking design. That very design was created by the Gran Turismo staff themselves – they’re not just making games any more, they’re making cars, too.

And with the game having a Drive the future of motorsport for the next 100 years tagline, it feels like concept cars will feature heavily in this PS4 exclusive title. When you start talking about concept cars, one previous title springs to mind… Gran Turismo Concept of course!

What about gameplay modes then?

While it’s not known whether Gran Turismo Sport will be a full-blown GT title or a spin-off, we can at least look at the various gameplay modes to attempt to figure it all out.

Online gameplay will be a big part of GT Sport, with Worldwide Online Championships being fully sanctioned by the FIA – motorsport’s governing body. That’s a pretty big deal.

The Nation Cup will most likely see players battle it out for the pride of their country – expect to see Japan top the leader boards here. The Manufacturers’ Cup will most likely see players attempt to send their favoured car brand to the top of the table, meanwhile.

When it comes to single player modes, Campaign, Sports, and Arcade Mode all wait the lone-racer. What these will entail exactly, your guess is as good as mine.

 

Here’s to the next installment of info!

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