A new Gran Turismo 7 update is upon us, and it's bringing some stuff that you'll love if you're a racing fan. You're getting three new cars, one of which is a truly legendary old-school hot rod, as well as one of the most iconic race tracks in the world.
What's being added in this Gran Turismo 7 update?
It looks like major Gran Turismo 7 updates are arriving monthly, with the first one touching down back in April followed by a second in May. The June update for the game launches tomorrow and brings some fun goodies with it. First up, you're getting the chance to drive the Ford Roadster from 1932; it's a truly classic car that will make you feel nostalgic for the heyday of good old-fashioned motoring. That car is being joined by two legendary monster cars: the Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak Special V6 and the Gr.3 version of the Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo.
As well as these three excellent cars, you're also getting the Watkins Glen International course, one of the most famous race courses in the world. The first half of the track revolves around high-speed play, while the second half introduces more tight corners and other technical details to catch you out just when you're finding your speed. It's also a narrow track with lots of elevation changes, ensuring that you can never let your guard down. There are Long Course and Short Course versions of Watkins Glen International available, with the "Boot" element of the track missing from the Short Course.
The latest update also contains new collection tasks "based on a variety of themes", according to Sony, with extra menus added to the Cafe. The Scapes feature also now allows you to take some nice pictures in the new Watkins Glen International course, so no matter what kind of shot you want, you'll likely be able to find it there. All this, and there's even more on the way. Plenty to be excited about if you're a Gran Turismo 7 fan right now, it seems. Make sure to check out the full Gran Turismo 7 update announcement for more info.
What is Gran Turismo 7?
Gran Turismo 7 is, somewhat counterintuitively, the eighth main installment in the Gran Turismo series (assuming we're not counting the eponymous 2009 PSP game, of course). It brings back a lot of classic elements of the series that its predecessor Gran Turismo Sport removed; you'll find features like the Driving School, traditional tracks and cars, and the Used Car dealership back in the fold. Sport features like Brand Central and the GT Sport mode have been retained from Gran Turismo Sport, though, so you won't be left in the cold if you were a fan of that game.
It's fair to say Gran Turismo 7 had a somewhat rocky launch. It was criticized by racing fans for its excessive microtransactions, with many claiming that the grind to unlock new cars was excessive. Sony promised to address this issue in future updates for the game, later creating a roadmap that included better rewards for players and other updates intended to alleviate the grind somewhat, although some players have noted that prices have trickled back up some since. Another blow to the game came a couple of days ago, when the FIA Motorsport Games organization announced it would replace Gran Turismo 7 with Assetto Corsa in its racing esports competition. Despite this, director Neill Blomkamp and Sony are still working together on a Gran Turismo movie, so there's clearly still plenty of faith in the IP over at Sony Towers. You can check out Gran Turismo 7 right now for yourself on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.