Gran Turismo is coming back in 2016 with a new title format and a new twist on spectator racing.

Gran Turismo Sport is the first product of a partnership between series developer Polyphony Digital and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing organization for a number of major racing events, including the Formula One World Championship. Their goal is to bring some of the real-world fanfare around winning a championship into the virtual arena in a meaningful way.

The FIA’s contribution seems to connect directly with two new online championships that will feature into GT Sport, one a competition between manufacturers and the other a competition between different countries. The details aren’t entirely clear, but it seems there’s some value in simply rooting for a particular manufacturer or country as well as racing. Read more…

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