Amazon US Ships Out Gran Turismo 7 Copies A Week Early
A number of Gran Turismo 7 fans in the US are getting their copies a week early. The racer’s official release date is on March 4th but Amazon US has been shipping out copies in the last couple of days.
“So my Amazon pre-order of Gran Turismo 7 came in the mail today at Amazon Hub locker,” a fan wrote. “Time to rev up engines.”
It is worth noting, however, that players who were lucky enough to get their early copies of Gran Turismo 7 cannot really do much within the game. They are pretty much limited what the content that they can actually play.
“I was able to go to the car dealer and get a car, go to the garage, and that is it,” one fan wrote on social media. “I was surprised by how much I was able to do despite it not being released yet though.”
Gran Turismo 7 requires an Internet connection for players to be able to access the campaign mode, Scapes photo mode, GT Auto, GT Cafe, and livery editor. Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi has confirmed that they purposely did this to fend off cheaters.
“The requirement for the online connection is just to prevent cheating overall from people trying to modify the save data,” he said. “So that is the reason for the online connection.”
To keep things balanced, Gran Turismo 7 devs made the game’s arcade mode available offline. After all, this mode does not have any effect on the save data. “Anything that has to do with the save data requires a connection,” he added. “For example, things like the livery data—that is something that is downloaded from the online server.”
This is actually not the first that a GT title came out to the public before its official launch. After all, GT6 showed up in Middle Eastern game stores a week ahead of launch. However, it is unprecedented for a major international retailer to dispatch game copies in a major market.
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