UPDATE: Since this article was published, references to the “new phase of the beta” have been removed from all regional PlayStation Blog posts. The original quotes are included below. We’ll provide more updates as we get them.
Players looking to get another taste of GT Sport before its launch next month are in luck. Earlier today, Sony confirmed that a second beta is indeed coming.
The news comes from the official PlayStation Blog. Tucked in near the end of a list of what players can expect from the game — more on that later — was this little nugget:
“Want to get a chance to experience what we’re talking about before launch? We’re going to be launching a new phase of the beta in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on PlayStation Blog for details on how you’ll be able to participate.”
As of today, we’re barely a month away from the game’s mid-October release. Due to this, Polyphony should be very close to having a “gold” version of the game. What does this mean for this new, second beta? We could see some of the new tracks that have been spotted since E3 — Alsace Village perhaps, or even Interlagos.
The GT Sport car list is also missing around two dozen cars by our count. Even if the beta doesn’t unveil anything new on that front, there are still cars players haven’t been able to use. The VW Beetle and Mazda Atenza Gr.3 cars are two such examples. Alternately, Polyphony could open up access to the top-shelf Gr.1 class. Players never had access to the class in the first beta.
Strangely, the mention of the beta on exists on the European PS Blog. The same article on the US site omits the quoted paragraph above. Will this be a Europe-exclusive? We’ll find out very soon.
Kazunori Yamauchi first hinted at a second pre-release experience in our interview with him at E3 2017. At the time, this is what he said:
“After maybe one more update — or maybe two at the most — we will close the beta. I’m thinking that after having these closed betas, it might be nice to put up another beta with all of the features that will be available to experience in GT Sport. It would be for a very short time, maybe around August or so.”
True to his word, the original closed beta did wrap up back in July.
Stay tuned for more GT Sport news. Tokyo Game Show kicks off next week, and we expect the game to play a role in Sony’s press conference on Tuesday, September 19.