Gran Turismo 7 is apparently getting a public beta test on the PS5 console after an official PlayStation website accidentally leaked the registration page, allowing players to try and redeem access codes to an unannounced game. Incidentally, this also confirms the existence of the Gran Turismo 7 beta test and suggests which developmental stage of the game.
News about the public beta test was spotted by IGN, revealing the Gran Turismo 7 beta test leak on Sony’s Experience PlayStation website, which allows players to sign up for the beta, but only provides them with download codes. All players need to do is select “Start Quest” and “Related Campaigns” on Experience PlayStation before picking “Italia Quest,” which reveals four additional quests – Gran Turismo Beta seems to be one of them. At that point, players need to watch the original Gran Turismo 7 launch demo to “unlock the Beta code early” on their PS5 consoles.
Unfortunately, that’s where all the fun stops for players looking to beta-test the seventh installment of their favorite franchise. The code that’s currently issued to the players seems to be a placeholder code rather than a complex 12-digit code that’s usually provided to PS5 testers. Instead, the placeholder code reads 1234-5678-9012 – and it doesn’t work if players try to redeem it.
The seemingly malfunctioning beta promotion code, although an accidental leak, does have a good side, as it confirms the existence of the Gran Turismo 7 beta, which specifies the codes as “PS5 only”. However, it doesn’t indicate whether the upcoming beta is a PS5 exclusive or that the rewards from the aforementioned quests only work for PlayStation 5. Herman Hulst, the head of PlayStation Studios, suggested that the game might receive a PlayStation 4 version in his recent blog post. Still, very little is known about the game at the moment, as Sony continues to keep the project under wraps.
The last bit of information anyone heard about the Gran Turismo game only confirmed that the title, among several other titles, has been pushed back to a 2022 launch window due to COVID-related production challenges. Sad news for the fans of the franchise, but also many other PS5 titles, including the upcoming fifth installment in the God of War series, whose release is also postponed. Nevertheless, the 2022 release date sets up Gran Turismo 7 for a possible release within the next 18 months, and given the possibility of a public Beta test, the release date might come sooner than we think. It would be fun if its release coincided with the release of Sony’s new PS5 model, which enters production in 2022.
In all honesty, Sony might have deliberately “leaked” the information, website, and placeholder codes as means of keeping the fandom warmed up for the Gran Turismo 7. In the end, the series is known for launching beta releases ahead of the main games. With that said, and without an official announcement by PlayStation, it’s best to take this information with a grain of salt – we might have to wait a few months before the beta test arrives on PS5.