Gran Turismo 7 release date revealed

Published: 16 September 2021

► Gran Turismo 7 confirmed
► Brings back some classic features
► Delayed 'til next year

Gran Turismo 7 is happening, but we’ll have to wait until Q1 of 2022. At this year’s PS5 Showcase, Sony revealed the latest installment of its flagship racing franchise would be dropping on March 4th 2022. The news came with a trailer that also revealed and confirmed new features that’ll be present in the next game. 

It’s been delayed?

Of course it has. Gran Turismo 7 was originally tipped as a launch title for Sony’s new PlayStation 5 system, but those familiar with Polyphony Digital knew that probably wasn’t going to happen. 

Last year, a British GQ interview with Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan revealed game had slipped to 2022, with Sony blaming Covid-19 related issues for the setback.  

It’s not just on PS5 – it’s on PS4 too

Sony has confirmed Gran Turismo 7 will be released on both the PS4 and PS5, with PS4 owners able to pay $10 to get the most out of Sony’s new console – when they get one. While that’s a good move for those without a PS5 right now, it suggests some of the game’s features may be held back by last-generation software. For example, in other games the size of lobbies and other features maybe cut back too.

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Does it look good?

Of course it does! But at this stage the law of diminishing returns is in full swing. The PS5 brings ray-tracing tech – one of the key features of next-gen machines – and it’s evident in the Gran Turismo 7 trailer shown today.

For those less interested in the tech, expect far more realistic lighting – have a look at the trailer to see what we mean. We’re also expecting 3D sound. Such is the technical ability of the PS5, it's best to watch the trailer on a 4k and HDR compatible screen – or you won't get the full effect.

Bringing back the classics

The trailer also revealed two new features that’ll appeal to long-time fans of the series.  First, a revamped Home screen shows a sprawling map with new dealerships, used cars and a tuning shop; exactly like older Gran Turismo titles. It’s something that’s missing from GT Sport and is still one of the most criticised aspects of the game.

Secondly, Trial Mountain and Daytona Speedway have also returned to the fold. Except they’re now rendered in 4k and Ultra HDR. 

The trailer also featured a nicely rendered Porsche 917k as well as the newly revealed Mazda RX-Vision GT3. 

And finally, how will it play? 

Well we haven’t played it yet, so can’t tell you. However, we know those using the new PS5 DualSense pad will benefit from a range of improved haptic and vibration features. That means there’ll be increased and more detailed feedback through the pad; Sony states you’ll be to feel the difference between kerbs, gravel and tarmac – or the feeling of braking traction. Almost all PS4 peripherals will be compatible with PS5, so you don't need to throw out your best racing wheel – but we expect Thrustmaster to release a new wheel to coincide with the launch also. 

We’ll update this article when we know more.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast