Kazunori Yamauchi is the creator of Gran Turismo 7. Yamauchi states that the connection is required for livery and save data.
Yamauchi answered questions about the recent PlayStation announcement, that GT Cafe would always need an internet connection in a new interview.
Yamauchi clarified that this online requirement doesn’t apply to GT Cafe only, but all aspects of the game with the exception of its Arcade mode. Yamauchi also explained why this requirement was necessary.
Yamauchi stated that the Cafe does not require an online connection. It is simply to keep people from cheating by trying to alter the save data. The Arcade mode is the only game part that does not require an internet connection. It has no impact on save data so it’s feasible.
He said that if the game involves saving data it would require an all-online connection.
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Yamauchi stated that liver data can be downloaded from servers, even if you are playing offline. An online connection is required for most of the game. The Arcade mode is one part that does not require an online connection. It doesn’t interact with save data or have liveries, and therefore doesn’t need a network connection.
Yamauchi says that this connection is necessary, but fans aren’t happy with the news.
If it’s single player mode that needs an online connection, the developers have made an objectively bad decision, not only for people playing it at launch, but in terms of future preservation, because once the servers go down… https://t.co/SIf8mOQEGY
September 14, 2021
My hope of getting GT7 is ruined by the requirement to be online all the time. They should have allowed me to play the campaign offline, but without any online-related features such as in GT5/GT6. I would be perfectly happy with this.
— Thomas (@ShadowRush2112)
September 16th, 2021
Because of the online availability, I didn’t buy the GT before. GT7 is what I will be getting.
— Curtis (@Meday354)
September 11, 2021
There have been instances where companies reversed their always-online connectivity requirements — Microsoft Xbox One stands is probably the most prominent example. Yamauchi and other GT7 members may decide to eliminate the requirement. Yamauchi’s statements suggest that it is necessary to play the game.
Gran Turismo 7 will be available on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 starting March 4, 2022. Watch the IGN interview with Yamauchi on bringing 25-years of history to Gran Turismo 7. Then, watch the Gran Turismo 7 PlayStation Showcase.
Wesley LeBlanc, a freelance journalist and guide writer for IGN is Wesley LeBlanc. Follow him @LeBlancWes on Twitter.
Publited at Thu 16 Sep 2021, 18:35.27 (+0000).