Gran Turismo Sport Bites the Dust?

GT-Sport-Northern_Isle_Speedway_Gr3_09Maybe it’s time to get back on the Microsoft bandwagon. With Forza Horizon 3 quickly approaching, and a slew of supporting racers rounding out what is a growing library of worthwhile Xbox One games, Polyphony Digital have instead began the process of refunding users who have pre-ordered Gran Turismo Sport. Only a few short days ago Kazunori Yamauchi announced the ambitious PlayStation 4 title would be pushed back until sometime in 2017, but it appears this was only the first step in what could possibly be a full-scale meltdown for the franchise.

Gran Turismo Sport was intended to be an iRacing-like experience built for the mainstream audience of the PlayStation 4. Even though much-requested features such as an in-depth livery editor would finally land in the simulator after years of popularity in the Forza Motorsport franchise, the core experience in Gran Turismo Sport was said to abandon the traditional car-collecting meta-game in favor of events conducted under a set of hardcore auto racing rules and regulations. It sounded really fucking sweet on paper, and though some scoffed at what Kaz had been trying to do with the FIA partnership – implement a virtual racing license – the decision for Polyphony to move Gran Turismo in a new direction seemed very promising.

GT Planet is reporting those who pre-ordered Gran Turismo Sport have received a very unique message on their PlayStation 4 dashboard today, indicating Polyphony Digital have refunded their purchase of Gran Turismo Sport. This potentially displays a very serious problem is occurring with the development of the game. Traditionally, when most video games are delayed for a period longer than six months, a customer’s purchase is not refunded, and their pre-order remains intact – though it obviously pisses off the customer who was eagerly anticipating the game. In this situation however, such a fundamental change has taken place behind the scenes in regards to GT Sport, mass automated refunds are taking place. You don’t have to be a genius to realize that’s not a good sign.

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The long-term ramifications this may have on the Franchise could possibly spell disaster for Kazunori Yamauchi and the team at Polyphony Digital. After starting a cult phenomenon with the first four entries in the Gran Turismo series, lengthy delays and underwhelming releases highlighted the fifth and sixth iterations of Gran Turismo on the PlayStation 3. Many fans were put off at the lack of cohesion found in both games, and despite each offering loaded to the brim with cars and tracks, hardcore fans discovered numerous features and oddities announced during development were nowhere to be found. As if their hopes and dreams weren’t already crushed enough, Gran Turismo 5, as well as Gran Turismo 6, relied on outdated PS2 car models to significantly boost the vehicle roster in a way which was actually counterproductive to the overall experience. This “third strike” may be enough to put the franchise firmly in the rear-view mirror.

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89 thoughts on “Gran Turismo Sport Bites the Dust?

  1. I bet my last dollar that iracing have set their lawyer dogs onto them for trying to copy their online structure.

    Damit iracing need some competition in that department so they have to bring the core models up-to-date

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    1. I dunno man, iRacing is big, but not Sony big.
      Not sure how you’d patent/trademark and online racing system either.

      Disappointing news none the less, competition would have been good.

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      1. They do like suing people, they have form for it, and don’t forget America’s patent system is a fucking mess. You’d be amazed at what you can patent. Absolutely amazed.

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  2. It was such a nice time when I got my first console (ps2) and GT4 with it.
    I didn’t question the physics, I didn’t question the graphics, I didn’t engage in endless flame wars about what game was the best, I didn’t question the sound or the damage model. I just enjoyed the shit out of it.

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    1. Because I cant be a father figure to you anymore, your not learning,you sound as much a spastic as the day you started stalking PRC 24 hours a day, that can not replace flesh and blood father my little demented friend.

      Maybe ask hornbuckle to father you for a bit, you seem to be a fan of his, and im sure his big texan whooper could look after a little insecure bitch such as your self.

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        1. And its weird requests like that, is why I have to tell your mother I cant visit anymore, you spoil things for her all the time, and she trys her best for you,god bless her.

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            1. “credibility of the forum” “toilet humour”

              Oh apologies sir, Im sorry I “dragged” the forum down, Ill leave you lot to talking about your “prolapses”,gay fantasies, Doxxing ppl, threatening physical violence, and sycophant AC loving, I can see my input would drag all that talk through the mud.

              Its also humor you yank cunt, stop butchering my language, you must fancy me, cause you seem very targeted, much like my little pet spammer.

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    1. I’m having delaying problems again.

      Come and visit me at my place: 25 83 DZ The Hague. That is where I’m verbally delaying my Kunos friends at when not watching my shills going hard and strong on the prc.

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  3. It will be interesting to see how long this delay will be , as for refunding that looks like a pretty serious sign things are not as they should be .

    As for the delay I won’t take too much from it as every game seems to be apart of this new phenomenon.
    At the moment when it comes to consoles and racing games I feel I should have spent my money on a Xbox “didn’t think I would ever say that ” .

    As for what has been shown of gt sport it needs every delay possible because the gameplay looks woefull.

    Good day gentlemen .

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  4. Or maybe they’re actually acting like a decent company for once instead of sitting on customers’ money for a year? Nah, couldn’t be…

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    1. Kaz is burning all GT money to lap around the Nordschleife with a BMW M6 GT3. And a GT3 campaign is very expensive.

      Lamborghini SuperTrofeo prices are roughly €450.000 per year per single car, not counting expenses such as travels, logistics, car itself (That’s another €420.000 just to buy one), tires, fuel, etc etc etc. And those cars only race on 5-6 circuits every year. That’s just an example.

      A GT3 campaign costs much much more than that. Even if you just race it on the Nordschleife all year long, VLN does something like 10 races per year plus the N24 and you can do the math by yourself.

      Kaz is slowly running out of money, but he knows that a shitty product won’t fool anyone anymore. Not even the retarded 12yrs old fanboys over at GT Planet.

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      1. A seat on a GT3 car for 1 VLN race will run you between 20-30k € per race. That’s excluding the 24h race (think in the region of 100k € per driver for a GT3 car). These prices include everything apart from damages and tires (and travel, accomodation etc. obviously). A spot in a GT4 car or Porsche GT3 Cup car is somewhere between 15-20k€ depending on the team.

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        1. Yes, but Kaz is doing the full season. Or if not the full season, he’s doing as many races as he can with the blue M6 this year. The price I gave above is not that far off, all considered.

          I remember when the BES allowed GT4 cars to run at Spa togheter with the GT3s and there was a team with a BMW GT4 asking for 40k to buy a seat just for that race.

          Fun fact, that BMW crashed and some rich dude wasted 40k without even getting driving time as he was supposed to start his stints later in the race.

          Racing is fun, but only if it’s with somebody else’s money. Or money stole from 12yrs old kids like Kaz is doing.

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  5. Sony giving people their money back without them even asking is even more extraordinary than Warner Brothers removing Arkham Knight from Steam.

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  6. GT should stick to what they good at, lots of cars, lots of mods, motorways and street circuits, adn they should just keep refining that formula, develop physics more, make mods more realistic, adding severe consequences for poorly thought out mods, maybe even develop a MP mode that blends the SP aspect in, even introduce consequence if you wreck your car.

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  7. Could this possibly be the first company that promised all it’s users Everything they ever wanted and then having to live with the consequences of not being able to deliver. HHHMMMmmmmm

    We can only HOPE.

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  8. Damn, I was hoping for this bringing proper online racing to a wider audience. I was even contemplating getting a PS4 over upgrading my PC if it turned out good, but I don’t think buying a PS4 in 2017 would be smart since that console will already be on its way out by then.

    Also that whole Fanatec desaster has made me not trust them with wheel support in general. I use a T500, but who knows tomorrow someone at Thrustmaster might wake up and think it’s a good idea to force every PS4 sim racer into purchasing a new wheel.

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  9. Could be the case Glenn , that or may well have something to do with the neo build of the game also ?
    + VR as well , sounds like a hell of a lot to be pushing out for a first title on the new console.

    The development times are far to long anyway , if you way up the titles and the profit forza / forza horizon would make on a yearly basis would it come anywhere near the sales margins of the gran turismo numbers?

    I know the numbers are huge for Poly but when you make one game per say every 3 years or the cash that roles in must slow pretty considerably .

    As much as I liked drive club and what the dev’s achieved with it , GT sport or at least a remaster of gt6 to keep interest in the franchise wouldn’t have hurt with the lack of racing titles on the ps4 at launch.

    Anyway as usual time will tell 😦 I am disappointed as I was looking forward to a Christmas break with a new racing title to spend a little time on.

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    1. I’d take anything with GT-like career gameplay and vehicle variety in a heartbeat. I can drive in circles and run the ring until my eyes hurt but I cannot take all these games that are nothing but performance car after performance car. Sometimes you want to ride slow scrapheaps. Those were the fun times in GT games online, was fun and not pedal to the metal serious business racing. Both combined are important to me.

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  10. I’m having delaying problems again.

    Come and visit me at my place: 25 83 DZ The Hague. That is where I’m verbally delaying my Kunos friends at when not watching my shills going hard and strong on the prc.

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    1. Seriously man, stop this shit. It`s not even remotely funny. You look like a retard that just took a shit in his hand and proudly wants to show it to everyone. Noone fucking cares about that half assed adres.

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  11. I used to come to this site more often, before the comments section turned to shit.
    There were always real discussions here, I know free speech is great and all but can we please get some actual moderating of this shit?
    I’m sure it turns away much more people than just myself.

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    1. I’ve never understood this, why can’t you just ignore the shitposting? Surely being able to say anything freely without having to walk on eggshells, like people in traditional forums are forced to, is worth having to scroll that little bit extra. The comments section is not going to run out of space because some retard feels like doing some gay role playing.

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      1. I’m spoiled for choice on internet forums, if I can pick between one with 25% interesting comments and 75% spam, or one with 50% interesting comments and 50% fanboy dribble, I’ll take the higher proportion of interesting posts.

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  12. Wonder if it will be delayed till 2018 and be Gran Turismo 7? After Austin posted his article on GT6, I knocked the dust off the PS3 and fired it up and had a good time with it. I was looking forward to GT Sport, but they further refine it and add more features to the game, etc, I’m fine with that.

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  13. Do you really think they are just going to cancel GT Sport? Are you insane? The odds of that happening are non existent. It would be totally unprecedented and complete suicide for PD.

    What kind of shit article is this? How did this insanity ever see the light of day?

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    1. I live a few doors down and know him and his brother well, i used to drink at his brothers club with both of them often, both are innocent and misunderstood and both great Canadians

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  14. Of course it isn’t canceled you idiots.
    Troll much?
    Another lame bait piece by PRC
    50/50 chance these days
    James got schooled in the comments section.
    Not your best effort.
    At least you have Kaz the credit for kicking the racing genre off in the 90’s with the first four games.
    The rest, meh
    GTSport will be out when it’s finished, just like all the other ones.
    May not get free content like we used too. But I bet Kaz will still drop Christmas presents at least.
    Pretty lame to flame on a developer for doing the right thing and putting people’s money back in their pockets if your not releasing for a while.
    Kudos. Well done PD.

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  15. “At least you have Kaz the credit for kicking the racing genre off in the 90’s with the first four games.”

    His first game was a mario karts knock off released in 94, racing games where well and truly established well before that, what are you talking about?

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