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Gran Turismo 7 races towards its new release date in March 2022

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Gran Turismo (Image credit: PlayStation (screenshot))

What you need to know

  • Gran Turismo 7 is the next main entry in the iconic racing series.
  • It is expected to release on March 4, 2022.
  • PlayStation has confirmed that those who purchase Gran Turismo 7 on PS4 can upgrade it to PS5 for $10.

Today's PlayStation Showcase keeps the hits coming. Sony and developer Polyphony Digital unveiled a new look at Gran Turismo 7, the highly-anticipated driving simulator making its way to PS5 and PS4. Sony also revealed that Gran Turismo 7 is expected to release on March 4, 2022.

According to a blog post from Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi, "The objective for GT7 in current culture today, is to design a game to convey everything from the last 150 years of car and racing culture, whether you are a lifelong fan or discovering cars for the first time."

The driving simulation will feature advanced time and weather simulations that Polyphony Digital spent years researching. Yamaichi said, "Referencing a massive amount of meteorological observation data, we have recreated spatial / time of day conditions for particle size distribution and concentration distribution of aerosol particles in the atmosphere on a global environmental scale."

After some controversy that Horizon Forbidden West would not be receiving a free upgrade, PlayStation walked back on its decision in a blog post. This is also where CEO Jim Ryan specifically noted that future cross-gen releases, including Gran Turismo 7, would feature a $10 upgrade path for those who initially purchase it on PlayStation 4 but want to eventually get the PlayStation 5 version.

This will be the first mainline entry in the series since Gran Turismo 6 in 2013, which first released on PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 4 notably went without a main series entry.

Jennifer Locke
Jennifer Locke

Jennifer Locke is Android Central's Games Editor and has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.