Remember when playing your favorite racing game only required a console and a set of hands? Well, in 2017 things are changing and online connectivity is the most important amongst those things. As Sony announced, the all new Gran Turismo Sport will require an internet connection for most of its functions and it has a good reason for that.
As it seems, Gran Turismo Sport will be featuring an official FIA GT Championship and for that to be fair for everyone it has to be online at all times. This will keep cheaters out of the game and ensure a legit tournament for all racers.
The parts of Gran Turismo Sport that you will be able to access offline will be: limited two-player split screen, single-player races on select tracks, and time trials. The rest of Gran Turismo Sport content will require an internet connection to be playable just as we would imagine.
As the Playstation blog states:
This year’s Gran Turismo includes a world first — the only video game with an online Championship endorsed by the world’s motoring governing body, the FIA. As a competition endorsed by the same organization that oversees some of the biggest races in the world we’re taking racing integrity very seriously for the FIA GT Championship.
In order to ensure fair racing for all, GT Sport will require an internet connection for the majority of functionality. This connectivity requirement is to ensure that progress, car availability, and driver ratings are properly maintained at all times.
PlayStation Plus will only be needed for online multiplayer. Portions of the Arcade Mode, including limited two-player split screen, single-player races on select tracks, and time trials can still be played in an offline environment.
In other news there will be a special Gran Turismo Sport Playstation 4 console on white-silver color baring the Gran Turismo symbol that will be also available in October.
Gran Turismo Sport is expected to be released for Playstation 4 on October 17th for North America, October 18th for Europe and the day after for Japan. Developers also added a PlayStation VR mode that allows players to enjoy the experience in Virtual Reality.