PlayStation has announced a new online Showcase event coming later in September, and it could mark the first official presentation of Gran Turismo 7 in over a year.
Showcase events are semi-regular looks into what’s in development and the further pipeline for the PlayStation platform. We’ve seen a number of them over the last few months, but they’ve either been built around a specific PS5 title, like the Deathloop event in July, or looking at third-party games.
This month’s Showcase though will flip back to a wider-ranging event, covering a broad spread of games including “updates from PlayStation Studios” for titles scheduled for late 2021 “and beyond”.
Sony’s official announcement doesn’t name any games specifically, but there are only really three still remaining from the pre-PS5 hype: Horizon Forbidden West, the un-named God of War sequel, and Gran Turismo 7. HFW of course has a release date now, in February 2022, and both the GOW sequel and GT7 are slated for an unspecified 2022 date, making it likely that all three will put in an appearance on the stream.
Gran Turismo fans have been waiting a very, very long time for fresh GT7 news. After a first look at the game back in June 2020, there has been very little by way of any information since, and nothing at all through official channels — though the game’s footage does regularly appear in other teaser videos, such as the “Breathtaking Games” clip last week you can see above.
Though never formally announced, Sony has confirmed that GT7’s launch window had shifted to 2022. There’s also been a variety of clues that the game will appear on both PS5 and PS4 platforms — again not explicitly communicated at any point, though we’ve been able to confirm that at least some PS4 development has taken place.
One detail that might harm the chances of GT7’s reappearance is the confirmed absence of the second-generation PS VR in the stream. We’re expecting GT7 to have an increased VR presence compared to GT Sport, and as such would better suit a PSVR2 event.
The Showcase will run for around 40 minutes in total, starting at 2000 UTC on Thursday September 9 — and PlayStation promises there’ll be even more updates from the studios featured in the Showcase after the stream.
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