Gran Turismo 7 has an always online campaign mode. While these requirements are becoming more common, especially in sports and racing games with big career modes, that doesn’t mean the series community is particularly happy with them.
The requirement was subtly mentioned in a PlayStation blog post a day after PlayStation Showcase 2021 on September 8, where the launch date for the driving simulator was finally revealed. Polyphony Digital President Kazunori Yamauchi’s blog post references the return of the Gran Turismo Campaign mode – this is the first numbered GT since 2013 – but underscored this remark with a fine print that “these features require an Internet connection “.
In an interview published Thursday, Eurogamer wanted to immediately clarify what the requirements of the single-player campaign were. Yamauchi told Eurogamer that the GT campaign requires an online connection to play, in order to “globally avoid cheating on the part of people trying to modify save data.”
“The only part of the game that doesn’t require an online connection is the arcade mode, as it has no effect on save data,” Yamauchi added. “But anything that has to do with save data requires a connection. For example, things like livery data too – it’s something that is downloaded from the online server.
Players on the series subreddit and a ResetEra thread are not convinced of the need for the online requirement. “There has to be a way to maintain online integrity without making fun of your paying customers once the servers are offline,” one said.
“Forza is able to separate the line and the campaign,” they added, referring to Forza Horizon 5, which will launch in November for Xbox One and Xbox Series X. “Why not GT?”
Still others have invoked another PlayStation first-party driving sim – Driveclub, which replaced Gran Turismo from 2014 until Gran Tursmo Sportlaunch of 2017, and has been a story of doom for most of that time. While DriveclubThe single-player components of were available offline, most of the game’s appeal was based on online racing and social interaction. For weeks after launch, the game struggled with connectivity and performance, and a free copy promised to all PlayStation Plus subscribers took over a year to ship.
As with other proprietary PlayStation exclusives with always-on-line requirements, MLB The Show 21 had a frustrating month after its launch in April, where gamers couldn’t connect to servers. Some have lost the results of certain games or challenges in progress; others missed the attribute progression in Road to the Show’s single-player character who moved to the game’s online Diamond Dynasty mode for the first time this year.
Gran Turismo 7 releases March 4, 2022 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.