Racing game fans rejoice: Gran Turismo is back.
Last night, Sony unveiled the new PlayStation 5 games console to the world. Thanks to their high-fidelity graphics, racing games often serve as a technical showcase for new game consoles. To show off its shiny new hardware, Sony gave us a first look at Gran Turismo 7, the latest installment in the PlayStation console's flagship racing series. Very little information has been released about the game, but the trailer suggests the series will return to its roots.
While Gran Turismo Sport, the last game in the series released on the PlayStation 4, focused on online multiplayer and eSports, Gran Turismo 7 will feature an expansive campaign harking back to older games in the series, with a focus on competing in single-player races, collecting cars, and tuning.
Even the world map user interface looks like a throwback to classic Gran Turismo games. Used car dealerships are also back, so you will probably start the game with only enough money to buy a used 1990s Mazda, Nissan, or Toyota. Fan-favorite tracks that were missing in Gran Turismo Sport will also return including Trial Mountain.
Graphically, Gran Turismo 7 looks gorgeous. Thanks to the more powerful hardware, the car models, environments, and lighting look more detailed and realistic than ever before. Expect Gran Turismo 7 to feature hundreds of cars, with an eclectic mix of road and race cars.
Among the cars shown in the trailer include an Aston Martin DB11, Ford GT, Acura NSX, and a Porsche 917 race car. We're also hoping the Vision GT program will be expanded. This allowed automakers to create wild concept cars exclusively for the Gran Turismo series. The last Vision GT car was the Mazda RX-Vision GT3, which was added to Gran Turismo Sport last month.
Sadly, Sony didn't announce a release date for Gran Turismo 7. The PlayStation 5 will be released this holiday season, so we'll have to wait and see if Gran Turismo 7 is released as a launch title. With the Xbox One Series X rival console also releasing this year, it's probably only a matter of time before Microsoft shows off Forza Motorsport 8.