Gran Turismo Sport Closed Beta Starts on March 17th
Last year, Polyphony Digital’s Kazunori Yamauchi stated that Sony Interactive would not deploy a beta test for Grand Turismo Sport. Now things have changed.
Sony Interactive Entertainment and Polyphony Digital officially announced that they will initiate closed beta testing for Gran Turismo Sport as soon as March 17th. The Beta test announcement was accompanied by a new teaser trailer showing us some more gameplay action.
A selected amount of American players will have the opportunity to become part of the first phase of GT Sport Beta test sessions. Because the US time differences are best matched with the GT Sport development team in Tokyo, the initial Beta signup will only be open to selected USA PSN ID’s.
Later on, European players will be able to participate in Phase 2 of the closed Beta. Initially, the beta servers will be open at specific times during the day. More detailed info and the actual specific server times will be shared soon.
We are extremely excited at Polyphony to announce the Gran Turismo Sport Closed BETA. BETA participants will get a sneak peek at how Gran Turismo will pave the future of racing, competing in highly competitive races against other users across the country, and eventually, across the globe.
Participants will be able to choose from a select rotation of cars and tracks each day to race online against others during the BETA phases. Track and car selections will vary during this period, and we made sure to offer different race class categories and course configurations to properly test our GT fans!
This will also be the first time users will see how the Driver Profile is integrated within GT Sport. The introduction of Sportsmanship Rating (tracks a player’s behavior and manners on-track) and Driver Rating (represents the overall speed of the player and how well they perform in races) will ensure those that race online will be equally matched, naturally creating a balanced group of competitive drivers for every race.
US players who wish to apply for open Beta testing can do so on this link. European players are encouraged to sign up here. Keep in mind that completing the signup does not guarantee a place on the Gran Turismo Sport Beta. The selections are entirely up to Sony Interactive Entertainment. The Beta test terms and conditions can be found here.
Gran Turismo Sport will be a new iteration of the world-renown racing simulation franchise. The game is currently in development as a VR-compatible racing game and will be the first console racing title to feature online competitions sanctioned by the FIA (Federation International Automobile). The game will feature +-140 premium cars and 19 locations featuring 27 layouts.
GT Sport will become available exclusively on the PS4 later this year.
Official Webpage – www.gran-turismo.com