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Update: new GT7 PS5 trailer shown during Playstation Showcase 2021
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Update – Sep 9: A new trailer for Gran Turismo 7 was given a run out during Playstation Showcase 2021, suggesting that development on Polyphony’s iconic racing game is rounding the final bend and confirming the game’s release date. We had known that GT7 was due to arrive early in 2022, but we now have a more precise release date of March 4.
The new Gran Turismo 7 Playstation Showcase trailer features plenty of lingering shots of high-end automobiles, before racing into some decent gameplay footage. We even get to see Willys Jeeps and some wacky concept cars that wouldn’t out of place in a Batman movie. You can check it out for yourself below.
Thanks to the trailer (above) revealed at Playstation Showcase 2021, we now know that Gran Turismo 7 will be available on March 4, 2022. The game will be available for both Playstation 4 and Playstation 5, with a $10 upgrade fee payable by those wanting to upgrade to the PS5 version. Sony have yet to reveal any pre-order details or formally announce a price, but as soon as we find out we’ll let you know.
Original story: We’ve not heard much this year about Gran Turismo 7, the next in the racing game series from Polyphony Digital. Back in February, A Sony spokesperson revealed that development on Gran Turismo 7 had been affected by the ongoing global pandemic, and that the projected GT7 release date has been moved back from 2021 to 2022:
“GT7 has been impacted by Covid-related production challenges and therefore will shift from 2021 to 2022. With the ongoing pandemic, it’s a dynamic and changing situation and some critical aspects of game production have been slowed over the past several months. We’ll share more specifics on GT7’s release date when available.”
It had been expected that Gran Turismo 7 would be released as a Playstation 4 game, with an enhanced PS5 version to follow upon the console’s release, but of course that opportunity has been and gone. With the release shifting to 2022, there had been continued speculation that development efforts on GT7 for the PS4 version might be significantly reduced or even dropped. However, via a recent quote from Sony boss Jim Ryan on the official Playstation Blog, it’s effectively been confirmed that Gran Turismo 7 will be released simultaneously across both PS4 and PS5:
“… moving forward, PlayStation first-party exclusive cross-gen titles (newly releasing on PS4 & PS5)–both digital and physical*–will offer a $10 USD digital upgrade option from PS4 to PS5. This will apply to the next God of War and Gran Turismo 7, and any other exclusive cross-gen PS4 & PS5 title published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.”
The clarification is in response to backlash over news that there would be no free upgrade to the PS5 version of Horizon Forbidden West for those that had pre-ordered the PS4 version, which had been a promise for all Sony cross-gen launch games. Horizon Forbidden West was announced as a PS5 launch game, hence the backlash. Gran Turismo 7 was announced in 2020, initially for a 2021 release, so ineligible for the same free upgrade. Those that do wish to upgrade to Gran Turismo PS5 from the PS4 version will have to pay $10. From next year, evidently.