Gran Turismo 7 presented itself at length through a State of Play, an online conference organized by Sony. The developer Polyphony Digital then gave us many details on the title which will arrive in a few weeks on PS4 and PS5.
Gran Turismo 7 is, with Horizon Forbidden West, one of the big cartridges from Sony for this first half of the year 2022. The title had the right à son State of Play on the night of February 2 to 3.
The State of Play is an online conference in which Sony presents games or one in particular. Ghost of Tsushima, Ratchet and Clank, Demon’s Souls, many big titles have already had the right to this treatment. Now it’s the turn of Gran Turismo 7, the manufacturer’s flagship car simulation.
For 30 minutes, Kazunori Yamauchi (the Game Director) therefore spoke of his baby and gave details of what awaits us. We also got gameplay footage (a lot!). Here are the four important points what should be remembered from this conference.
Gran Turismo 7, the new technical showcase of the PS5
Gran Turismo 7 is released on PS4 and PS5, but it is above all this last version that is highlighted. And for good reason, since the game is well on its way to being the technical showcase of the console. The gameplay footage speaks for itself. It’s beautiful, to die for, even. Again (it’s usual in the series) the vehicles have been extremely careful in their modeling, even with a cockpit view. However, the damage does not seem to be on the program.
The title may rotate in 4K/60 FPS and will support ray-tracing. This technology will not be activated during races for the sake of performance, but it will be present during replays. You can then admire the realistic reflections on your vehicle.
Special care was brought to the weather. As Kazunori Yamauchi explained, each circuit will have its own climate depending on where it is supposed to be. Clouds don’t form the same way in Tokyo or California. These will evolve in an ultra realistic way, we are promised, and the weather effects will be breathtaking. Something to make you want to ride in the rain. It should be noted that the starry skies have also undergone the same care.
In short, Gran Turismo 7 has everything to be a technical nugget. This can be seen during races, of course, but also in other environments, when you are moving around the “city”, for example.
When we arrive in town…
Gran Turismo 7 offers a “classic” campaign of the series, with a HUB materialized in the form of a 3D city. Here, we therefore remain in the great classic, but with interesting additions. GT7 introduces a new place, the cafe. This will allow you to complete quests to win cars and money.
It will also be possible to walk in a shopping center to buy new vehicles. If you can’t afford it, however, you can go to the used dealership. A third place reserved for the sale of vintage vehicles is also present. All these places are modeled, of course, but they only seem to dress menus, in reality. These are also very readable and well structured.
Finally, the city hosts other interesting places, like a photo studio where you can take your favorite car around the world for snaps or an arena to launch races.
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Cars and tracks galore
Gran Turismo 7 is a racing game, so you need cars! More than 400 will be available at the launch of the game. Kazunori Yamauchi never ceases to proclaim his love for the automobile and his baby is proof of it. As said above, it will be possible to buy the car of your dreams from dozens and dozens of different brands. At each visit to the dealership, it will even be possible to learn about the manufacturer, to know its history, its flagship vehicles and its great figures through a virtual museum.
Regarding circuits, Gran Turismo 7 will offer us 34 places to explore all over the world. This will take us to Japan, the United States and Europe. Some places are real, like the Nürburgring (Germany) and others are fictional, like the Deep Forest Raceway (present since the first game). Each location will offer several different routes for a total of 90 circuits. Sony has confirmed that others will arrive later through updates.
Gran Turismo 7, the simulation automobile par excellence?
Gran Turismo is above all an automobile simulation. Each vehicle will replicate the behavior of its real model, from power to physics. The audio part has also been very neat, as has the haptic feedback from the DualSense. Then it’s up to you to find your favorite racing car. The title may seem difficult at first glance, but it does not forget to bring immediate fun to players. For example, Gran Turismo 7 will have a split screen mode in order to face your friends in the same sofa. An increasingly rare thing these days.
Finally, the city will propose a customization workshop to improve your vehicle. There, it will be necessary to get your hands dirty and change the parts. The complexity of the menus could scare those who are not versed in the art of mechanics, but the game wants to bet on clarity with comparative tables which instantly show the advantage of adding a new radiator. The mechanics will also be an extremely important part of the gameplay, since in the State of Play, we saw that a Ladybug could go from a wheelbarrow to a real racing car by changing a few parts.
Of course, the permits will be back! Indispensable for surveying certain events.
Gran Turismo 7 will arrive on March 4
In short, the State of Play showed us a demanding game, but which will want to be accessible to as many people as possible. He especially impressed us with breathtaking graphics, a real technical showcase for the Sony console. The title is still scheduled to be released on March 4 and for the moment, confidence is in the quality of the final product.