The Gran Turismo 7 release date has finally been revealed, much to the delight of control pad-wielding petrolheads the world over. Not only has it been confirmed as one of the upcoming PS5 games, it's also parking up on PS4 early next year, and gave us another glimpse under its hood at Sony's PlayStation Showcase in September 2021.
Since announced at the June 2020 PS5 Future of Gaming event, GT fans have been revving their figurative engines ever since. Despite delays, Gran Turismo 7 is almost here – here's everything we know about Gran Turismo 7 so far, from trailers to release dates and more.
Gran Turismo 7 trailer
Gran Turismo 7 release date set for March
The Gran Turismo 7 release date has officially been nailed down for March 4, 2022. Polyphony announced the date during the PlayStation showcase in September 2021.
Gran Turismo 7 8K support… can it really do it?
8K is a TV resolution that’s double the pixel density of 4K TVs, which is effectively 16x the detail of full HD, which is pretty hard to imagine if you’ve never seen it with your own eyes. It’s undoubtedly one of the resolutions we’ll be dealing with in the future, but right now full 8K support in Gran Turismo 7 still seems unlikely. But the fact is, this has already happened, in a way. Sony saw fit to show off its new range of 8K TV sets at trade shows by running an 8K demo of Gran Turismo on them.
Whether it was running on a PS5 dev kit is unknown, and while PS5 does support 8K output, the console doesn't support 8K gaming for most titles, if at all. But don’t forget that the very first Gran Turismo game features a ‘Gran Turismo Hi Fi’ mode which strips back some of the graphical detail and runs the game engine at 60fps, compared to the regular refresh rate of 30fps. Does it not seem highly plausible that new Gran Turismo could feature a similar 8K mode just to show off an 8K TV is you have it? Sounds more likely than not, if you ask us.
Gran Turismo 7 original circuits - will Grand Valley return?
Well this is an interesting one. Gran Turismo’s original circuits are rarely championed, but many herald from the late 1990s, an era during which bespoke track design was an art form and, with the basic graphics of the time, the quality of the driving experience itself was of vital importance.
So the lack of many of the classic circuits in modern GT games – namely Trial Mountain, Deep Forest and Grand Valley - is lamentable. In Gran Turismo 7, however, Trial Mountain and High-Speed Ring will be making a comeback, says Polyphony Digital president, Kazunori Yamauchi.
"You may have noticed in the trailer that these tracks are higher in detail to match the PS5 console’s power of expression, with additional work done to parts of the layout," says Yamauchi. "Bringing back these circuits with a level of detail and richness that matches the PS5 consoles’ power of expression was a new challenge for the team."
A return to Grand Valley, on the other hand, is at this stage anyone's guess.
Gran Turismo 7 photo mode, livery editor and car collection
Gran Turismo 7's photo mode is called Scapes, and lets you take snaps of your favourite cars in "different locations around the world [for] that perfect shot." Using photorealistic HDR tech (assuming you have the capable display), you can tweak, nip and tuck your favourite photos via "expert level effects" and panning shots. Players will be able to shoot their cars in 43 different countries in 2500 different locations.
After its introduction in GT Sport, the Livery Editor returns in Gran Turismo 7, as does tuning via GT Auto.
"Knowing this to be an important feature for our fans," says Yamauchi, "our main goal for the Livery Editor in GT7 was to improve the user interface and improve utility and accessibility."
Yamauchi says Gran Turismo 7 is designed to be a "Car Collecting Game", even more so than its predecessors, which is where its 'GT Cafe' comes into play.
He adds: "The main feature of the GT Cafe in the game is to navigate the player’s adventures in the world of GT, presenting a specific collection of cars that have a cultural meaning from the past, present, and future."
"Players will progress and complete missions in the GT Cafe by acquiring prize cars from various races within the world, as well as from the Brand Central and the Used Car Dealership."
Gran Turismo 7 dynamic weather
Gran Turismo 7 developer Polyphony Digital has researched the weather patterns found in-game extensively, and the results are typically beautiful against the visual standards the series has always held itself to.
After accumulating data from several thousands of locations around the world, the complex and dynamic weather systems found in Gran Turismo 7 are, from what we've seen so far, a sight to behold.
"Referencing a massive amount of meteorological observation data," reads this PlayStation Blog post, "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."
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