Kazunori Yamauchi, Father of Gran Turismo, alongside Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, pulled back the curtain on the next title in the legendary Gran Turismo franchise: Gran Turismo Sport, coming to PS4 in 2016 (prepare for at least 5 delays though).
The Polyphony team talked about the advances that PS4 has granted to allow them to continue improving the graphics, physics, and sound in an effort to deliver the most realistic driving simulator to date. Of course with GT Sport they’re looking to deliver more than just that; they want to re-invent the way people experience motorsports in gaming.
In order for that to happen PD turned to a new feature along with a new partner.
Below we’ve got the explanation of both of these new pieces from PlayStation's European Brand Manager, Penrose Tackie.
- FIA Gran Turismo ChampionshipsIn Gran Turismo Sport, there will be two FIA 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 in the same manner
as real life motorsports champions, at the FIA prize giving ceremony. This will
be a historic moment, the first time a video game will officially be recognized
as part of the real motoring world.
- FIA PartnershipWorking alongside the historic FIA, to develop a game that continues to be more realistic and authentic, the online racing championships promise to offer something new for players.But it’s not just about online racing; the GT teams have continued to build on the games legacy of accessibility to ensure that the game is open to all to enjoy.
It was stated that a beta for GT Sport would be coming in early 2016, probably in the Spring, barring any delays in development. And for reference sake, GT 5 released in 2010 for the PlayStation 3, followed by the half-baked Gran Turismo 6 in 2013.