The eighth instalment in the series looks to appeal to its original fanbase.
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Computer game franchise Gran Turismo is a car racing simulation exclusively found on Sony's PlayStation series of games consoles.

Not only is the series an icon amongst car enthusiasts and gamers, but it's also become the highest-selling PlayStation-exclusive video game franchise of all time.

Reports suggests the eighth title in the series, named Gran Turismo 7, will return to its roots in terms of gameplay.

If you're wondering why it's not called Gran Turismo 8, that's because the seventh title in the saga is called Gran Turismo Sport (following Gran Turismo 6 released in 2013).

Gran Turismo Sport, launched in 2017, took the franchise in a new direction. It appealed to hardcore 'simulation racers' by aligning gameplay to FIA-sponsored eSports events, instead of casual gamers.

"It may have seemed quite outlandish for some people", said Kazunori Yamauchi, CEO of Polyphony Digital, creators of the Gran Turismo franchise.

"While inheriting elements such as the [FIA] championship realised in Sport, Gran Turismo 7 will return to the royal purpose of full volumes like [Gran Turismo] 1-4, and provide the best Gran Turismo experience at present."

A release date has yet to be announced. Polyphony Digital has promised the game will arrive in 2021, after initial speculation claimed it would arrive toward the end of 2020.