Sony?s flagship racing game Gran Turismo 7 may not come out this year due to a rumored beta of GT Sport coming in late 2016. The Gran Turismo series is one of the racing games that features real-life branded cars and aftermarkets. With the possible driving eSports focus on Gran Turismo Sport, Gran Turismo 7 may take the backseat for the while. Keep your eyes peeled for announcement on the Gran Turismo 7 release date at E3 2016 this June.
As said in the article by Attack of the Fanboy, a rumored beta for the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport will be coming in late 2016, according to the Italian website tmag.it. The upcoming game is said to be a Gran Turismo entry that?s intended to enter eSports territory. Federation Internationale de l?Automobile will handle officially licensed championships for the game.
It?s surprising to hear about a racing game attempting to be part of mainstream eSports. Gran Turismo Sport could be the first racing mainstream eSport if it ends up being successful.
In terms of eSports quality, Gran Turismo?s developers Polyphony Digital will need to spend an enormous amount of time to develop Gran Turismo Sport to prepare the game to make it a mainstream eSport standard. Gran Turismo?s wide pool of branded cars will clash with the concept of the small starting character pool of most eSports.
eSport games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, Street Fighter 5 and even Hearthstone try not to overwhelm players with too many choices to make them stay and study the game religiously. eSports usually start small but grows once the player base spikes up and competitive meta has been established. By starting small, the game will be easier to study, and it will be less difficult to get into the competitive groove of the title.
Competitive meta for mainstream racing eSports hasn?t been established yet, so Gran Turismo can definitely try to make a name for itself. Perhaps Sony and Polyphony Digital may need extra development time if the rumor about the eSports venture is true. We?ll have to wait for E3 to see if Sony will confirm anything regarding the Gran Turismo Sport release date. Wtih all these focus on Gran Turismo Sport, Gran Turismo 7 might not show up in the news anytime soon. Stay updated with Gran Turismo Sport news here on TheBitBag.