Polyphony Digital has announced the plans for the closed beta of the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport, via message by the series’ producer, Kazunori Yamauchi. North American or European fans willing to take part in the program must register with their PlayStation ID in the websites that Polyphony has open specifically for this.
Starting March 17th, some very lucky Gran Turismo fans will get the chance to experience what the veteran driving simulator has to offer in the current generation. As part of the closed beta for the new game, they will be able to choose from a series of cars and tracks that will be rotating each day, and use them to compete in online multiplayer with other fans of the world. The developer will offer different vehicles, race class categories and course configurations in order to give a glimpse of the full experience.
Participants will also be the first to test the new Driver Profile, the Sportsmanship Rating, which will keep track of their behavior during the race, and the Driver Rating, which ranks their speed and general performance. These features will make sure that online matches are balanced and they keep being a competitive experience.
The beta will consist on different phases, and each one will increase the number of players and regions that can be part of it. The development team has decided to start to roll out the program in the US considering the time differences with Tokyo. After that, the Phase 2 of the beta will allow more players from European countries.
Coupled with the beta announcement, Polyphony Digital has released a new trailer showing the advanced graphics of this new entry. The game aims to bring big changes to the long-running series, as it hopes to launch it as an esport officially managed by the FIA.