Ever since Gran Turismo 7 released in March, we received new content for free every month; three new cars in both April and May, and a handful of additional events, the major changes to race payouts fueled by player dissatisfaction with the game’s sloppy nature and emphasis on microtransactions. So will June, as developer Polyphony Digital just revealed what’s coming to the game tomorrow. However, this is a bit of a biggie – not in terms of quantity, but quality.
First, yes, we get three more cars. There is a Gr.3 racing version of the Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo which arrived in the game last month, as well as a 1932 Ford Roadster that is definitely destined for the legendary Hagerty car dealer. But the third new arrival is something that will surely please for many years to come GT fans: the 1998 Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak Special.
First seen in Gran Turismo 2 before it was noticed a little more in GT3, the Escudo was the nuclear option for many players in the earlier days of the franchise. If you’ve ever arrived at an event where nothing else seemed to do the trick, the mid-engined “Monster” Tajima V6 Typhoon with all its nearly 1,000 horsepower tended to get the job done. GT7 has modern open-wheeled cars and fantasy machines that would embarrass current Formula 1 gear, so the Escudo probably won’t enjoy the same preferential treatment as this one. Still, it’s great to see it coming back.
Joining those three is a new track, the first all new environment to come GT7 — Watkins Glen International. As someone from the Northeast, it’s really exciting to see a track practically immortalized in a racing game in your backyard, and Watkins Glen is a worthy addition to the roster. It is already present in other titles, such as iRacing and Forza Motorsport 7but today’s news highlights the Gran Turismo debut of the fast, fluid old-school venue. Both configurations – the full one with “The Boot” and the shorter variant NASCAR races without – will appear in the game.
Update 1.17 will also include three new Café menu books, starring Toyota 86 Series, Honda Type-R vehicles, and rotary machines.
Other than that, we don’t know if there are any other changes in the pipeline, but we’ll be sure to find out as soon as Polyphony releases more extensive patch notes. As it stands, this is certainly a welcome update, although it doesn’t address the more pressing issues, such as the bad condition of GT7s multiplayer lobbies and that promised addition of the ability to sell cars†