It looks like Gran Turismo 7 is not just a PlayStation 5 exclusive, but will also be coming out for the PS4. The news was subtly shared during a Q&A interview with Herman Hulst, the boss of PlayStation Studios. He indicated that Gran Turismo 7 is a cross-gen title. When questioned about where the PS4 fits into Sony’s future plans, Hulst said that it “make sense” to develop certain games for both PS4 and PS5.
“Where it makes sense to develop a title for both PS4 and PS5–for Horizon Forbidden West, the next God of War, GT7–we’ll continue looking at that,” he said. “And if PS4 owners want to play that game, then they can. If they want to go on and play the PS5 version, that game will be there for them.”
This is the first indication that Gran Turismo 7 will come to the last-gen console, as well as PS5. Typically, Gran Turismo titles have served as showpieces for next-gen consoles and has only been released for one PlayStation console at a time. So this announcement is a big deal for the series. Gran Turismo 7 doesn’t yet have a release date, but it’s reported that it will likely launch in 2022.
Previously, Sony representatives stated that the company did not intend to support exclusives across two generations of consoles. Back in May 2020, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said the company was focused on “[giving] the PlayStation community something new, something different, that can really only be enjoyed on PS5.”
However, since Horizon Forbidden West, God of War: Ragnarok, and now Gran Turismo 7 are all cross-gen exclusives, it appears that Sony has softened up on this plan. Within the same interview, Hulst said that God of War: Ragnarok was delayed until 2022, and that Forbidden West might not make its 2021 holiday launch either.