Today Sony and Polyphony Digital released a big, important update. I believe it ranks among the best ever updates, and the fact that it’s free is nearly mind-blowing.
Here is the summary of what has changed:
– Monza circuit, with both a standard GP and a no chicane layout
– 6 new layouts for Magiorre, separating the track into West, Center and East
– New races for Beginner, Amateur, Professional and Endurace series single player races, including a one make Ferrari championship and a Group 3 endurance race at Monza (!!!!)
– 10 new cars (1997 Toyota Supra RZ, Toyota FT-1, 1967 Toyota 2000gt, 1966 Jaguar XJ 13, 1994 McLaren F1, 1976 Ferrari 512 BB, 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 (again, !!!!), 2000 Lamborghini Diablo GT, 2006 Ford GT, and the 2002 Dodge Viper GTS)
This is a very significant update. Fans of the game like myself have been asking for more official race circuits, and having Monza helps immensely. The new single player races are cool, specifically for me the Ferrari one make series, as well as the Gr. 3 endurace race at Monza. I intend to make a video for this race.
And then there’s the cars. Oh those cars. This doesn’t at all feel like Sony has just thrown together some average cars. A long standing criticism of Gran Turismo was that no one was interested in driving 10 different versions of a car (I’m looking at you, Skyline), and this has been respected here. We have new entries from Ferrari, Toyota, Jaguar, Ford, Dodge, Lamborghini, and McLaren.
So what’s left for Gran Turismo to improve? Well, there’s a laundry list, but without a doubt they are making great progress. I’ll make a video in the coming weeks, but here is a quick list of what I’d like to see:
- Expanded single player races – I believe this should be simple enough to create. They’re built a nice structure to the single player mode, but now it’s time to expand them to include more group 3 and group 4 races
- More official circuits – not a lot of them need to be added, but even just adding Silverstone, Spielberg, Spa, or Laguna Seca, or a couple of those, would go a long way. Bonus points if they could include some lesser known, though real world, tracks. Please be Ibarra. Please?
- Carefully selected weekly races – don’t trap racers into reducing their safety rating. Running a tight oval with Group 3 cars spells disaster. Those who have invested a lot in their SR are protective of it, which makes some recent races prohibitive
- More VR options – true, the PSVR in Gran Turismo Sport looks freaking gorgeous, but limiting the race to 2 cars feels sort of half baked. If it is a hard limit of the PS4’s video abilities, then fine, but if there is any wiggle room (5 cars, 8 cars??) it would be amazing
Enjoy the video, and please let me know what cars you are enjoying!