New Gran Turismo Could Earn Gamers a Racing License

PlayStation 4 players will have the opportunity to earn themselves a ‘real’ racing license by playing the new Gran Turismo Sport, the latest game in Polyphony Digital’s hugely popular racing simulator franchise.

Known for its impressive driving physics and photo realistic graphics, the Gran Turismo franchise has always been at the forefront of video game racing simulation and this year’s iteration, Gran Turismo Sport looks to bridge the gap between the controller and the steering wheel with the help of the FIA.

The FIA is the managing body responsible for some of the world’s biggest motorsport competitions like Formula 1, Rallycross and will now lend its support to Gran Turismo’s global online racing leagues.

Gamers competing in Gran Turismo’s global racing leagues will complete challenges and tasks in-game with the hope of earning the new FIA Gran Turismo Digital Licence” which is said to be valued as highly as a real-life racing license. Details are sparse but Polyphony has revealed 22 countries have already expressed an interest in the program.

This is not the first time Gran Turismo has enabled gamers to get behind the wheel of a racing car. In 2008 Polyphony Digital and Nissan Europe collaborated to launch the GT Academy. The GT Academy included a reality TV show which followed potential graduates on their journey from controller to cockpit.

Gran Turismo Sport is due to release on the 18th of November in the UK and will only be available on Playstation 4.

 

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