Gran Turismo Sport transformed Sony’s flagship simulation racing series into a hugely popular e-sport, and thus was successful at pushing the brand forward. However, series fans lamented the lack of a fully-featured single player campaign like in previous entries; the loosely RPG-inspired car collecting mode of previous titles has, after all, been a big part of the brand’s long-term success.
We already know that Gran Turismo 7 on the PlayStation 5 will be a combination of the “past, present, and future”, which means it will include a full-length solo mode. However, in an interview with journalist Toshifumi Watanabe for Octane Japan – as translated by GT Planet – series creator Kazunori Yamauchi reiterated that we can expect a more traditional experience this time around.
“While inheriting elements such as the [FIA] championship realized in GT Sport, Gran Turismo 7 will return to the royal purpose of full volumes like [Gran Turismo] 1-4, and provide the best Gran Turismo experience at present,” he said. The translation’s slightly strange, but we’re sure you can infer what he’s getting at here.
This feels like the natural next step for the franchise, to be honest. Obviously the e-sports aspect is not going anywhere – and the multiplayer mode was so successful on the PS4, we wouldn’t want it to – but building a more traditional single player experience out of that should benefit the overall package, and we reckon this is going to be a big hit when it releases on PS5 later this year.