Gran Turismo 7’s Kazunori Naguchi explains the Always Online Connection that Has Riled Fans

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.

Yamauchi also spoke with in a separate interview, and added that there was “another side” for liveries.

Gran Turismo 7 – Returning Features

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.

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).

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