Gran Turismo Sport Beta Cancelled

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Gran Turismo Sport Beta Cancelled
Highlights
  • Gran Turismo Sport will not have a beta as promised earlier.
  • Developer Polyphony Digital claims that this is to meet its release date.
  • Gran Turismo Sport releases in India for the PS4 on November 16.

PS4-exclusive Gran Turismo Sport's release date was unveiled at an event by Sony earlier this week. It came along with a slew of gorgeous screenshots and videos showing off how far along developer Polyphony Digital has come. As well as highlights of its features such as photo modes and social interactivity.

When Gran Turismo Sport was first revealed at Paris Games Week last year, there was the promise of a beta. Sadly, this will not happen.

"That's something that I'm very, very sorry about," Polyphony Digital's Creative Director Kazunori Yamauchi told Videogamer. "In order to do a beta test we have to make a gold master of the beta test code, and for us it actually takes as much effort as to finish the real master code of the actual game.

"Just because it's beta we can't just throw it out there. It's required that in order to do an open beta we have to create a proper master for it, and considering the release timing that we announced, we decided that we just don't have enough time to do two gold masters for the game.

"By omitting that it saves us about three months of time," he added."Most likely I don't think it would be possible. I'm very sorry but that's just how it turned out."

November 15 this year is when the public will get its first taste of Gran Turismo Sport for the PS4 in Asia, Japan, and the US. Europe will be able to play it from November 16 while the UK has to wait until November 18.

For Sony, India falls under its European release schedule, which should see the game available in the country from November 16. As for the price, it will retail for $59.99 or its equivalent in respective territories. What this means is, gamers in India will pay Rs. 3,999 which is what Sony prices its first-party exclusives such as Uncharted 4 and Bloodborne for in the nation.

With almost every major big budget game having a beta prior to release from the likes of Uncharted 4 to Hitman, the lack of one for Gran Turismo Sport does seem like a peculiar omission considering its price. Would you prefer a beta or simply the final product when it's ready? Let us know in the comments.

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