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Gran Turismo Sport closed beta starts next week

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Random PSN users will be contacted

Sony announced today that a closed beta for racing game Gran Turismo Sport will begin March 17 in the U.S. The company also released a new trailer.

Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Kazunori Yamauchi, head of the game's developer Polyphony, said that the beta will "only be open to selected U.S. PSN IDs", advising that PlayStation 4 owners check their messages for invitations. He added that the beta will be "increased gradually and in stages."

The announcement said that users will be able to compete with other participants around the U.S and "eventually the globe." Sign-up pages for the U.S. and for Europe have been posted.

The beta will offer players a rotation of cars and tracks each day, as well as different racing categories. Features on offer will include the new Driver Profile stats screen which tracks performance as well as behavior, matching the player with appropriate competitors.

Gran Turismo Sport is the first game in the famed racing series to appear on PS4. The last game, Gran Turismo 6, came out on PlayStation 3 in 2013. A beta was due to begin a year ago, but was canceled. Sony also delayed the game's launch from Nov. 15 to some time in 2017. You can enjoy a gallery of Gran Turismo Sport screens here.