Gran Turismo Sport announced and everything else we learnt from PlayStation's Paris showcase
Sony has announced the latest game in the driving simulation series Gran Turismo for PlayStation 4. GT Sport will focus on the realistic driving model the series is famous for but, in a significant modern shift, will run two online Championships throughout the year.
The Nations Cup will allow players to represent their country, while the Manufacturer Fan championship lets them drive for famous car makers. Sony and game developer Polyphony Digital have also teamed up with world motoring body the FiA, with championship winners awarded their trophies at an official ceremony alongside real-life motorsport champions. A beta of the game will begin next year.
The game’s director Kazunori Yamauchi announced the game for the PlayStation 4 at Sony’s inaugural Paris Games Week showcase. Sony are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the original PlayStation’s launch but European boss Jim Ryan said there was “no time for nostalgia” as the company laid out its future plans for PS4 and its virtual reality headset, PlayStation VR. There was a big focus on third-party games for the rest of the year, including Call of Duty Black Ops III and Star Wars Battlefront, which has PlayStation 4 exclusive content. For beyond this year, however, Sony put on a strong and varied showing
Fittingly for a Paris show, two French developers showed off their wares. Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream announced Detroit, a game exploring androids living amongst humanity, which is an extrapolation of its acclaimed Kara trailer. Meanwhile Michel Ancel showed off Wild, a mystical game about a shaman who can inhabit the bodies of animals.
There was also a heavy focus on PlayStation VR, the PS4’s upcoming virtual reality headset. We saw a variety of promising games, including Crytek’s dinosaur survival game Robinson: The Journey; robotic combat sport game Rigs; tank title Battlezone and horror spin-off Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. However, there was no detail on the pricing or release date of the device. News that many predicted would come out of the show
Elsewhere, there was new gameplay for Guildford developer Media Molecule’s Dreams, in which you can create surreal landscapes and puzzles for other players to explore. Like Gran Turismo, a Dreams beta will start next year. Action-adventure Uncharted 4 detailed its multiplayer mode and got a release date of 18 March 2016. And there was a tentative release window of June 2016 for the much anticipated space-exploration game No Man’s Sky.