Finnish retailer Puolenkuun Pelit has reportedly leaked the GT Sport release date on its official website.
According to the company, Gran Turismo Sport, which is erroneously listed on the retailer’s website as Gran Turismo 7, will launch on April 20, 2017.
The Gran Turismo Sport beta is in full throttle in the US, and EU players are now being invited to join in as the server stress test continues and Polyphony Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment attempt to iron out any bugs before release.
Polyphony Digital’s upcoming PS4-exclusive racer was originally scheduled for release late last year, although was delayed into 2017 for additional polishing. This is despite the fact Sony opted to cancel the beta last year in order to meet its original release window, although gamers still had a chance to test drive GT Sport via the recent closed beta in the U.S. and Europe.
GT Sport is a full-fledged entry in the venerated racing simulation series, featuring three distinct game modes; Campaign, Sports Mode, and Arcade Mode, with support for both online and offline racing present. Polyphony has said that GT Sport differs from the Gran Turismo Prologue entries in the series, offering more content, although some features such as the dynamic weather and day/night cycle are not present.
The game will also support Sony’s PSVR headset via the dedicated VR Tour Mode, although it appears Sony scaled down this compatibility from its initial plans, with the original goal to feature full PSVR functionality for the entirety of the game. At the time, Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the GT series, described the game’s VR playback as “very good and very natural.”
Gran Turismo is a tentpole franchise for the PlayStation brand, launching in Japan back in 1997 on the PSOne. The series has gone on to sell 76 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling PlayStation-exclusive series to date and spans multiple formats, including PS2, PSP, and PS3.