While Gran Turismo Sport and its new, online-only e-sports focus were released to a generally positive critical reception in October, old-school fans of PlayStation's flagship racing title—your humble author included—were left craving for a traditional, singleplayer campaign experience that defined Gran Turismo games of yesteryear. Luckily for us, developers Polyphony Digital are addressing those criticisms head-on.
In a blog post, Polyphony has detailed a series of free updates coming to GT Sport over the next couple of months that promise to deliver a full-fledged singleplayer campaign dubbed the "GT League" in addition to 15 new cars. "GT League" should look and feel familiar to whoever played a game in the franchise that wasn't GT Sport, incorporating classic championship labels such as the "Sunday Cup" and "Clubman Cup." While the 15 new vehicular additions don't exactly turn the game into the automotive collectathon that most GT traditionalists yearn for, it's a step in the right direction. Also, the fact that all of this comes at the price of free feels like a breath of fresh air in the midst of gaming's current controversy.
Scheduled for Nov. 27, the first update will whet players' appetites with three new cars including the IsoRivolta Zagato Vision Gran Turismo, Audi's R18 e-tron
quattro Le Mans racer, and a Shelby Cobra 427. The game will also get some under-the-hood enhancements in the form of physics tweaks, Sportsmanship Rating algorithm improvements, Driving School and Mission Challenge difficulty adjustments, and the added ability to use the Campaign Mode, Livery Editor, and Scapes photo mode offline. Speaking of Scapes, the November update will also come with several new photo locations including "Autumn Leaves," seen below.
Set to be ready sometime this December is the "GT League" campaign and 12 new cars. Without further ado, here they are:
- Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A (FD)
- Nissan Skyline GT-R V・spec II (R32)
- Nissan Skyline GT-R V・spec II Nür (R34)
- Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
- Lamborghini Countach LP400
- Ferrari F40
- Ferrari Enzo Ferrari
- KTM X-BOW R
- Suzuki Swift Sport
- Volkswagen Samba Bus Type 2 (T1)
- Chris Holstrom Concepts 1967 Chevy Nova
- Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible (C3)
The blog post ends with the promise of more regular game updates throughout 2018, including 50 more downloadable cars by March in addition to new tracks.
Fans who held out on Gran Turismo this time around might just find themselves back behind the virtual wheel in the new year. Gran Turismo Sport is available on PlayStation 4 now.