While there’s not been a lot of news trickling out about GT Sport as of late (we’ve had our hands full with Project CARS 2 instead), the next Gran Turismo game is confirmed to be featured at this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC).
GDC has been around since the late eighties (when it was held in a video game designer’s living room) and is directly aimed, as the name would suggest, at video game developers. Unlike the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3), which is directed at the press, GDC primarily showcases new technology in developer workshops, aptly named “Tutorials”.
However, the event also features keynote addresses from major games companies such as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. GDC affords these companies the chance to show off their new hardware, as well as offering those in attendance the chance to try out their new software. One of those new pieces of software is Gran Turismo Sport, and a playable demonstration build will be at this year’s GDC.
While this won’t be as grandiose as E3, big announcements have been made at previous GDC events. Back at the 2014 show, Sony revealed PlayStation VR (known back then as “Project Morpheus”) for the very first time to the public.
In fact, virtual reality will be a big component for Sony at this year’s GDC, with its Tech Kiosks showcasing the evolving technology. One can expect the new build of GT Sport to include the new “VR Tour Mode”.
New cars and tracks, updated sounds and updated graphics have previously made their debuts in past demos. While Polyphony Digital has yet to tease any developments, we’ll be on the look out for any progress since the last major event (the Taipei Game Show last month).
Those hoping for a release date shouldn’t hold their breath: while GT Sport will be playable at GDC next week, PD will not be holding a keynote, making a reveal on that scale unlikely. It seems more plausible that the developer will be present in Geneva the following week for the unveiling of the latest Vision Gran Turismo vehicle.
The full list of games that will be at GDC 2017:
- Dino Frontier
- Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
- Gran Turismo Sport
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
- Full Throttle Remastered
- Nex Machina
- Gang Beasts
- Cosmic Star Heroine
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Nidhogg 2
- Rain World
The 2017 Game Developers Conference will be held in San Francisco, California and will take place between March 1 and March 3. Check out the official website for more info and stick to GTPlanet for everything interesting coming out of GDC 2017!
Gran Turismo Sport is scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4 consoles later this year.