The roads of all online games lead to the closure of servers, and the racing simulator Gran Turismo Sport from the Japanese studio Polyphony Digital, which relied on online competitions, was no exception to this rule.
How reported Sony Interactive Entertainment will close Gran Turismo Sport servers on January 31, 2024 – six years, three months and two weeks after its debut on PlayStation 4 in October 2017.
portal GTPlanet notes that Sport took longer than one might expect: the servers for Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo 6 were closed six months after the release of the new parts (GT6 and Sport, respectively).
In Gran Turismo Sport the situation is more complicated as the game requires an internet connection to save progress. Apparently Polyphony will abandon this restriction as users will still have access to offline mode.
GTPlanet notes that, in particular, all cars and world tracks remain accessible, as well as the ability to save progress to unlock additional cars and items.
On December 1st, Polyphony Digital will stop selling all paid add-ons to the game (including single-player cars), and on January 31st, users will lose access to all online features:
- Multiplayer modes (including “Sports”) and features (lobby, community, quick play, seasonal events);
- Miles Exchange Shop;
- custom paint jobs;
- Trophies that require an online connection.
Gran Turismo Sport was and is exclusively available for PlayStation 4, while Gran Turismo 7, released last March, was developed for PS4 and PS5. The series could also appear for PC in the future.