Gran Turismo 7 is out in March and it’s ‘even more’ of a car collecting game

Customizing an NSX Type R '92 in Gran Turismo 7

March 4 release date confirmed for PS4 and PS5

Gran Turismo 7 was quickly confirmed for PlayStation 5, but we’re still waiting, and waiting. It’s the natural order of things. During this afternoon’s PlayStation Showcase 2021, Polyphony Digital brought fresh gameplay and a new release date: March 4, 2022.

We already knew 2022 was on the cards for GT7 — a Sony rep cited “Covid-related production challenges” back in February — so really, March isn’t too bad at all.

“We’re aware that long-time fans of the Gran Turismo series strongly desired the return of the GT Campaign mode, and now, having seen the trailer, hopefully everyone will be able to get a feel for the atmosphere of the newly designed Campaign mode,” Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi said on the PlayStation Blog. There’s a world map!

Gran Turismo 7 is even more of a “car collecting game,” according to Yamauchi. “Players will progress and complete missions in the GT Café by acquiring prize cars from various races within the world, as well as from the Brand Central and the Used Car Dealership.”

A few other notes from the big boss:

  • The Livery Editor is said to have better utility and accessibility with a new UI.
  • You can take photos of your cars in 2,500+ locations spread across 43 countries, including HDR support, using Scapes.
  • The High-Speed Ring and Trial Mountain circuits are returning, as is GT Auto.

A wet track on a cloudy day in Gran Turismo 7

And a weirdly wordy statement about the weather and time-of-day simulation:

“Referencing a massive amount of meteorological observation data, we have recreated spatial / time of day conditions for particle size distribution and concentration distribution of aerosol particles in the atmosphere on a global environmental scale, in a procedure that is unique to the Gran Turismo series.”

If you’ve tuned out the Gran Turismo news cycle, you might’ve missed that GT7 is coming to not just PS5, where it’s hoping to be a showpiece, but also PS4. That’s still the case. The March 4 release date goes for both versions, and there will be a $10 digital upgrade.

Still have room in your heart for GT like the old days?

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