Sony has confirmed that online multiplayer services for the exclusive PlayStation 4 game released in 2017 will be permanently shut down next year.
The PlayStation 4 exclusive racing game Gran Turismo Sport will be retired on January 31, 2024. Although this was an unnumbered episode in the series, it is technically the seventh main episode of the Gran Turismo series. While other Gran Turismo games have received critical acclaim and are among the best-selling games on PlayStation, Gran Turismo Sport received a mixed reception upon its release.
Gran Turismo Sport received mixed reviews, mainly due to its focus on online multiplayer. Some media enjoyed Gran Turismo Sport’s online multiplayer modes, while others were unhappy that it came at the expense of tracks and cars, and GT Sport had less content at launch than other games in the series. Unfortunately for those who enjoy Gran Turismo Sport and its various online modes, this portion of the game will be discontinued on January 31, 2024.
All downloadable content will be removed on December 1, 2023 before Gran Turismo Sport online multiplayer services cease. The online modes that will be affected by the outage are Community, Open Lobby, and the main sports mode. Community creations will also not be available after the shutdown. Gran Turismo Sport’s offline modes will remain available, and users will be able to re-download previously purchased DLC.
When does Gran Turismo Sport Online close?
Sony’s decision to discontinue Gran Turismo Sport’s online features means that some of the game’s trophies will no longer be available from January 31. For those looking to get the Gran Turismo Sport Platinum Trophy, make sure to make the game a priority if you want to complete it all by the end date.
Although it is likely many years away, a similar fate may await Gran Turismo Sport’s successor, Gran Turismo 7. Gran Turismo 7 received rave reviews upon its release, with the PS5 version in particular being praised. Despite positive reviews, Gran Turismo 7 has not escaped criticism. One major point of criticism is Gran Turismo 7’s requirement to always be online. If the game’s servers go down, the game will become completely unplayable – unless an update comes out that allows you to play Gran Turismo 7 offline.