GT Sport's Next Update Coming This Week, Arrives April 23

The next GT Sport update is almost upon us, arriving on April 23 after a period of server maintenance.

Polyphony Digital revealed the timing by way of an official announcement on the game’s website, along with an in-game notification. This reads as follows:

At the following time, we will perform maintenance on the ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ servers.
A new game update will also be available after the maintenance. Please note that during this time the online services, including [Sport Mode], will not be available.

[Day & Time]
23 April, 2020, 06:00 – 08:00 UTC

* The above time is subject to change.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

We’ve been expecting this update since a similar announcement last month. Back at the end of March, PD announced it would be bringing an update to rebalance the car classes most often used in the FIA Online Championship. That’s mainly the Gr.4 category in which there’s a wide range of drivetrain and engine options, which has lead to some disparity between cars — particularly on high tire wear events.

There’s a number of other changes in the works too, all aimed at addressing some issues within Sport Mode and the FIA races. Vehicle handling, slipstream effects, fuel and tire use — particularly in qualifying races — and the penalty system are all due for tweaks within this update.

Less clear is whether there’s any vehicle or track content scheduled for this update. At the beginning of the year, Kazunori Yamauchi cautioned that such updates would become less common and have more modest contents — a signal that the team is perhaps winding down on GT Sport and working up whatever is to follow. Given current global affairs, this is unlikely to change much.

The last new vehicle content was back in February, and we’re expecting more in May with at least the Mazda RX-Vision GT3 due that month. As yet Yamauchi has not published his traditional silhouette teaser Tweet for this update. This may mean that April swishes by without any further content updates.

We’ll bring you more information as we get it.

Featured image courtesy of Touring Mars.

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