GT7 PS5 slammed as online single player disconnects for update

Expensive cars line the parking lot, unable to go anywhere without an internet connection.

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PlayStation racing simulator Grand Touring 7 has been offline for maintenance for more than a day. Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal, but since so much of the game requires an online connection, including much of the single-player content, fans have effectively been locked out of Sony’s latest console exclusive.

Grand Touring 7The developers of announced that it will be undergoing extended server maintenance on Twitter beginning March 17. More than 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 revealed later today. “We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your patience as we work to resolve the issue.”

It’s still unclear what was wrong with the latest update or what impact, if any, it might have on players’ existing save data. What is clear is that GT7 fans couldn’t play the game outside of its arcade mode, and they’re pissed about it. Despite a lot of solo content, GT7 follows a live-service model, making much of it inaccessible without being able to connect. This includes the main campaign and the vast garage of vehicles that players have unlocked. Series Creator Kazunori Yamauchi Recount Eurogamer the online requirement was “to prevent cheating”.

Since this morning, update 1.8 was starting to become downloadable for some players, but the game remained offline. Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As this modern inconvenience has become commonplace, the prolonged outage has caused gamers to reassess our current, always-online hellish landscape. The 2013 launch of the Xbox One was bogged down by Microsoft’s attempt to design the console to require a constant internet connection to authenticate games and player data. The company has finally reversed its course, but not before rival Sony launches now infamous counter-marketing offensive where he joked about how all gamers should do to share games on PlayStation 4 was to give each other the disc.

“‘PS4 disc games don’t need to be connected online to play’ THUNDEROUS DEAFENING APPLAUSE”, The PlayStation Twitter Account written at the time.

Frustrated gamers have now resurfaced on the tweet in light of the recent outage. “What would you say Grand Touring 7?” wrote a user shortly after the game’s maintenance was extended.

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

“Maybe people can understand why I’ve been against online DRM in games/hardware,” wrote John Linneman of Digital Foundry. “There are many other games and hardware related to server connectivity that may not always be there.”

Developer and Retro Game YouTuber ModernVintageGamer was more succinct: “Fuck DRM.”

Updated: 3/18/21, 11:15 PM ET: The game servers are back online and Yamauchi has posted an update on the GT7 website explaining the issues in more detail.

Immediately prior to the release of Update 1.07, we discovered an issue where the game was not starting correctly in some cases on product versions for PS4 and PS5,” he wrote. “This was a rare issue that was not observed during development hardware testing or pre-release QA sessions, but in order to prioritize the safety of save game data. users, we have decided to discontinue the release of Update 1.07. , and make a patch update to 1.08.

Yamauchi apologized for the downtime but mentioned criticism of the game’s online DRM. He said the development team was taking a closer look at how grumpy the game was. Players have been critical the heaviness of the microtransaction although it is not free, a common theme these days.