We don’t know if its the long-rumored Gran Turismo 7, but Sony officially has announced that Gran Turismo Sport will be coming to the PS4 sometime next year. Unveiled during this week’s Paris Games Week, Gran Turismo Sport will be an MMO racer of sorts where players pledge allegiance to their home country and their favorite car manufacturer:
In Gran Turismo Sport, there will be two FIA [International Automobile Federation] online championships running simultaneously. In the Nations Cup, players will be able represent their home country. Whilst in the Manufacturers Cup, players will be driving on behalf of their favorite car manufacturer. Players will not only be able to race as drivers themselves, they’ll also be able to root for their home country or their favorite manufacturers teams.
The winner of the championship will be awarded at the FIA prize giving ceremony, alongside real life motorsports champions. This will be a historic moment, the first time a video game will officially be recognized as part of the real motoring world.
Polyphony Digital’s Kazunori Yamauchi told the PlayStation Blog that his team continues to improve the franchise’s graphics, physics, and sound, and he hopes to deliver “the most realistic driving simulator to date.” I’m sure most of the world would expect nothing less from the famed developer.
A beta test for Gran Turismo Sport will be held this Spring.