That’s the timing in North America; the simulation racing game will debut Oct. 18 across Europe. The launch happens to be two weeks after the arrival of Gran Turismo Sport’s direct competition — Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport 7 is set to launch Oct. 3 on Windows 10 and Xbox One. Polyphony Digital’s announcement was accompanied by a new 30-second trailer, which you can watch above.
It’s been a long, winding road for Gran Turismo Sport to get this point. The new mid-October release date is more than 11 months after the game was originally scheduled to arrive — publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment said in May 2016 that it was going to launch the game on Nov. 15, 2016. Polyphony Digital then announced in August that it had decided to push the game back to 2017.
The developer had also planned to hold an open beta for Gran Turismo Sport in early 2016. However, the company canceled it in May of that year. Instead, the studio ran a closed beta, but not until this past March.
“We are now entering the final stages of polishing as we prepare for launch,” said series creator and Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi in a PlayStation Blog post. He added that the studio is finally getting ready to provide details on Gran Turismo Sport’s features, including its campaign mode, vehicles and courses. As previously announced, the game will also support the PlayStation VR headset with a virtual reality mode.
For now, though, Sony is just saying that pre-orders are live at the PlayStation Store and European retailers. Gran Turismo Sport will be available in the usual $59.99 Standard Edition and a previously announced $69.99 Limited Edition, which comes with the following items:
- GT Sport Starter Pack (8 Cars)
- $1MM In-Game Credit
- Livery Sticker Pack
- 30 GT Sport Themed Avatars
- Chrome Racing Helmet (For Driver Profile)
- Limited Steelbook & Packaging
Sony is also offering a Digital Deluxe Edition for $79.99. It beefs up the Starter Pack with four more cars, and doubles the in-game credit and the number of avatars.