Gran Turismo Sport microtransactions end up on the cutting room floor
Polyphony Digital boss Kazunori Yamauchi has confirmed that Gran Turismo Sport will not feature micro transactions.
The Gran Turismo creator confirmed the news during Malaysia’s PlayStation Experience event, where he revealed that the upcoming racing simulation title would support online updates and DLC. When quizzed about the inclusion of microtransactions however, he offered a succinct “no.”
Gran Turismo is no stranger to micro transactions, having previously offered credits for your hard-earned cash via the PlayStation Store. Despite this, Seasonal Events ensured players had another option of grabbing some of the best content.
The latest entry in the venerable racing series is due for release exclusively on PlayStation 4 in October 2017. Originally, GT Sport was due to hit stores in fall 2016, and Sony even scrapped plans for a beta to ensure the game met its launch window. However, the game was ultimately delayed nearly a year, though we did get an open beta a few months back.
While GT Sport is the first major entry to eschew a number in the title, the game is very much a full-fledged entry in the franchise, featuring a full career mode, a PlayStation VR Tour option, plus an extensive lineup of vehicles. In fact, Yamauchi-san has previously said that he hopes to expand the roster of cars to over 500 at some point.
Polyphony has described GT Sport as the beginning of a new era for the franchise, and indeed we’re already seen examples of this with the inclusion of Porsche cars for the first time in its 20-year history.
Those of you looking awaiting a Gran Turismo 7 release however may not want to hold their breath: Yamauchi has confirmed there are no plans for a new title right now.
Interestingly, he also said that GT Sport could run at 8K resolution on the PS5, and that the game’s car models are of such high quality they’d not look out of place on Sony’s as-yet unannounced next-generation home console.