Gran Turismo Sport, controversially, tied save files to a server – raising understandable preservation concerns, in addition to an abundance of other issues. However, as Polyphony Digital has terminated the title’s online services, it’s released one final patch which will allow existing owners to save their progress offline, effectively ensuring the title can continue to be enjoyed despite the server switch-off.
Obviously, the termination of the release’s online services means features like Open Lobby and Sport Mode will henceforth be inaccessible, but all of the offline content will remain – and your progress in them.
“We would like to thank the many users of the Gran Turismo Sport online service since its first launch in 2017,” Polyphony Digital said. “From here on, we will continue to further improve the online services for the currently available title Gran Turismo 7.”
While this is a positive step from a preservation perspective, it should be noted that select Trophies will no longer be unlockable, and all DLC was removed from the PS Store late last year. Obviously, this isn’t an ideal situation, but it’s good that Polyphony Digital has patched the racer to allow offline saves – this at the very least preserves some parts of the experience for those who wish to continue enjoying it.