The Gran Turismo Sport EU Beta begins later this month
The tech giant made the announcement, confirming that a new GT Sport EU beta test is set to follow on from the US only Gran Turismo Sport Beta in March.
The new beta phase is being used to help developers improve server stability and game play mechanics, although the long-awaited title is still without a firm release date.
GT Sport fans in the EU will get to start playing on April 15 from 14:00 BST, with a series of online races running over the weekend.
Gran Turismo Sport currently has a launch window set for 2017, and Polyphony Digital is expected to share a big update during the E3 expo in June.
“The initial wave of testing with our fans in America has been a vital step in letting us test the new infrastructure and ensure that we give players the best experience possible in the upcoming product version of Gran Turismo Sport,” a message from Sony explains.
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“Following the US test, we're now at a stage where we are ready to welcome Europe to the test in order to help us properly test server stability and game play.”
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Hosting of race events starting 15 April | 13:00 UTC / 14:00 BST / 15:00 CEST
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Race Hours | 15:00-18:00 UTC / 16:00-19:00 BST / 17:00-20:00 CEST
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Race Hours | 17:00 – 20:00 UTC / 18:00-21:00 BST / 19:00-22:00 CEST
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Polyphony Digital president Kazunori has this to say on the rollout of the closed beta and how it will help the development team on capture data.
"The sample size needs to be increased gradually and in stages," Yamauchi explained.
"While we begin to roll out the beta, we have decided that the time differences across the U.S. are best matched to the development team in Tokyo."