Since it was first announced at the 2015 Paris Games Week, Polyphony Digital has been showing us how Gran Turismo Sport will potentially revolutionise online eSports racing and let you take preposterously pretty photos of cars in the new Scapes mode. But what if you're not interested in playing Gran Turismo Sport online? A new eight-minute video has surfaced outlining what we can expect from Gran Turismo Sport's single player portion – and it's just as limited as we feared.
Instead of offering a traditional car-collecting experience like previous games in the series, Gran Turismo Sport's single player campaign will contain four modes with 150 bite-sized drills to complete: Driving School, Mission Challenge, Circuit Experience, and Racing Etiquette.
As the name implies, Driving School teaches you basic driving techniques, while Mission Challenge contains driving challenges in specific cars that have you racing against the clock or the AI similar to Gran Turismo PSP's Driving Challenges. For example, the video shows an overtake challenge where you have to pass three cars without hitting them or straying off the track.
Circuit Experience teaches you the optimum racing lines and braking points of each circuit in tutorial videos before unleashing you onto the track to set times at each segment before tackling a full lap. Finally, Racing Etiquette includes guides and tests on signals, flags, safety car protocols, cautions and proper driving conduct and etiquette for online racing. Completing Campaign events will unlock additional cars and earn players an FIA digital license, which is required to participate in online races.
It's obvious that the campaign is designed as a tutorial to prepare you for online racing, which is clearly how Gran Turismo Sport is primarily designed to be played. If you're looking for a deep, involving and rewarding single player campaign, Project CARS 2 and Forza Motorsport 7 will offer far more comprehensive career modes. At this rate, we can't help but question if Gran Turismo Sport is going to be worth the four-year wait since GT6 and meet player expectations when its competition has significantly more content.
Were you hoping for a traditional car-collecting career in Gran Turismo Sport?