GT7 PS5 slammed as online single player goes offline for an update

Expensive cars line up in the parking lot and get nowhere without an internet connection.

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PlayStation racing simulation Gran Turismo 7 was offline for more than a day for maintenance. Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal, but with so much of the game requiring an online connection, including much of the single-player content, fans have been effectively locked out of Sony’s latest exclusive console.

Gran Turismo 7The developers of have announced that it will undergo an extended server maintenance on Twitter early March 17th. Over 24 hours later the game is still offline.

“Due to an issue found in update 1.07, we will be extending the server maintenance period,” the team announced later in the day. “We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your patience while we work to resolve the issue.”

It’s still not clear what the problem was with the latest update, or what impact it might have on players’ existing save data. What is clear is that GT7 Fans weren’t able to play the game outside of arcade mode and they’re pissed about it. Although there is a lot of single player content, GT7 follows a live service model and makes much of it inaccessible without being able to log in. This includes the main campaign and the extensive garage with vehicles that players have unlocked. Series creator Kazunori Yamauchi told Eurogamer The online requirement was to “prevent fraud”.

As of this morning, Update 1.8 began to become downloadable for some players, but the game remained offline. Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

While this modern day inconvenience has become commonplace, the prolonged outage has prompted players to re-evaluate our current always-online hellscape. The launch of the Xbox One in 2013 was marred by Microsoft’s attempt Design the console to require a constant internet connection to authenticate players’ games and data. The company eventually reversed course, but not before rival Sony charted a new course notorious counter-marketing offensive where it joked about how all players would have to do to share games on PlayStation 4 was give each other the disc.

“PS4 disc-based games do not need to be connected online to play THUNDEROUS DEAFENING APPLAUSE,” The PlayStation Twitter Account wrote then.

Frustrated gamers have now resurfaced the tweet in light of the recent outage. “How about Gran Turismo 7?” one user wrote shortly after the game’s maintenance was extended.

Meanwhile, longtime critics of online DRM have jumped on the sally to remind people of the future that ultimately awaits any games that don’t have robust offline modes.

“Maybe people can understand why I was against online DRM on games/hardware.” wrote John Linneman of Digital Foundry. “There are many other games and hardware that are tied to server connectivity that may not always be there.”

Developer and retro game YouTuber ModernVintageGamer was more concise: “Fuck DRM.”

Updated: 3/18/21 11:15 PM ET: The game’s servers are back online and Yamauchi has posted an update GT7 Website that explains the issues in more detail.

“Just prior to the release of update 1.07, we discovered an issue where the game would not launch correctly in some cases on PS4 and PS5 versions of the product.” he wrote. “This was a rare issue that didn’t come up during testing of the development hardware or the QA sessions prior to the release, but to prioritize the safety of users’ save data, we decided to pause the release of update 1.07, and um to do a corrective update for 1.08.”

Yamauchi apologized for the downtime but mentioned criticism of the game’s online DRM. He said the development team is taking a closer look at how grinding the game is. The players were critical how microtransaction heavy it is despite not being free to play, a common theme these days. GT7 PS5 slammed as online single player goes offline for an update

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