GT Sport: New DLC Cars, Play Offline & Traditional Campaign
It’s been just over a month since Gran Turismo Sport launched and already Polyphony Digital are getting ready to act on the feedback they have been given. Two updates are destined to drop for November and December, each of them bringing with them their own surprises and goodies.
In a posting made on the official PlayStation Blog by Kazunori Yamauchi, we learn that as of the start of next week, patch 1.06 aims to right some wrongs and deliver some improvements, whereas the December update will see the classic GT Mode campaign return, now titled ‘GT League’, together with 12 FREE cars!
Hello GT Mode-o
If you haven’t heard, then GT Sport hasn’t gone down too well with classic GT players because of the seriously lacking single player campaign mode it has, and if this was a reason you yourself held off on buying then you’ll be delighted to hear that the classic GT Mode long-time players know and love is making its appearance with the December update, with the new name, ‘GT League’.
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The old favourites are here: Sunday Cup, Clubman Cup and the FF/MR/FR Challenges, plus more. In the past these were hampered because of GT’s abysmal on-rails AI, but players tolerated it because it allowed them to take their cars out on the many excellent tracks available, against some form of competition, but with GT Sport improving in this area finally, the fun factor of these should hopefully be taken up a notch.
It is quite amazing to see this happen so quickly after initial release, and there is some debate as to whether this has been in the pipeline or has been done in response to the wealth of criticism regarding a true campaign missing from the new game.
Whatever the case may be, it is just damn good to see GT Sport turning into a proper Gran Turismo, and quickly at that! And with a promise of more to come in 2018, this should see even more players picking it up.
No Online Required*!
Another big annoyance for many is the mandatory need to be online to use non online-centric modes such as the Scapes and Livery Editor. Fortunately that’s another irk that will be sorted out with the first update, as of 1.06 there will no longer be a need to be online to use both of these or the forthcoming GT League...
*BUT, an online connection is still required to SAVE your progress in them. So yeah, if the servers or your connection are down you can still use these modes (unlike before), but to save that extra progress will need to wait until online connectivity returns.
GT Sport DLC Cars
We’re used to Kaz and his hyperbole but if there is one area where he and his team stay true to it is in the adding of new cars to their games. And a total of fifteen cars will be transported to players’ games for free with the upcoming updates, starting with three new vehicles in November and a further twelve in December. The first of those to roll on through are the Zagato IsoRivolta Vision GT (how many cars/concepts can you see in this thing?), Shelby Cobra 427, and the Audi R18 racer.
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December’s shipment continues on the randomness in choice by including everything from two iconic Ferraris, a Suzuki hot hatch, a monster Ford Raptor, Nissan R32 and R34 Skylines, and even a VW Samba Bus (Camper). The full inventory can be seen below:
- Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A (FD)
- Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R32)
- Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II Nür (R34)
- Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
- Lamborghini Countach LP400
- Ferrari F40
- Ferrari Enzo Ferrari
- KTM X-BOW R
- Suzuki Swift Sport
- Volkswagen Samba Bus Type 2 (T1)
- Chris Holstrom Concepts 1967 Chevy Nova
- Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible (C3)
What are the odds that there’s going to be some crazy mixed-class grids on show after this!
GT Sport’s Future
It may have been a bit of a stalled start for GT Sport with those hesitant to make a purchase because of the change from previous titles, but the commitment to support the title from now and beyond looks to be one that should reassure all types of player: be they multiplayer racing diehards, keen virtual automotive photographers, talented livery designers, or single player campaign aficionados.
PD (and Kaz?) appear to realise all of these areas need attention, and as long as people keep making their voices heard, and in good numbers, chances are they could get acted upon as perhaps they are starting to finally get, that listening to your community will result in a better game.