On Tuesday, Polyphony Digital Inc. released a large 3GB update focused on the Olympic Virtual Series, a short list of Balance of Power updates and adjustments to the Online Penalty System. The update is one of the largest since the game was released, and the first update to the penalty system since November. While there is directly no new content, the focus was primarily to help get the new series underway later this week.
The event should be available starting on May 13, lasting until June 23. The collaboration between the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will host the world’s first-ever ‘Olympic Virtual Series Motor Sport Event.’ The Global Online Qualification will be held in the form of a time-trial event, with the top-16 competitors qualifying for a place at the World Final.
Gran Turismo Sport will hold one of five official virtual world final sports, with baseball, cycling, rowing and sailing being the others through other gaming publishers. The World Final for motorsport will be broadcast on June 23, Olympic Day that commemorates the birth of modern Olympic Games.
“We are honoured that Gran Turismo has been appointed as one of the publishers for the Olympic Virtual Series,” said Gran Turismo Series Producer, Kazunori Yamauchi. “This is a historic day not only for us at Gran Turismo, but seen from the history of motor sport as well. I’m very excited that the numerous Gran Turismo players all around the world will be able to share the Olympic Virtual Series experience.”
Overview of Schedule and Entry Criteria for Olympic Virtual Series Motor Sport
Global Online Qualification: May 13 – 23, 2021
There will be a limited number of qualifiers from each region. Competitors will be selected based on their ranking at the conclusion of the Global Online Qualification: Europe / Middle East / Africa (7), Asia (4), North America (2), Central & South America (2), and Oceania (1).
World Final: June 23, 2021
Three races will be run with all finalists. The driver with the most accumulated points after three races will become the overall winner.
You can learn more about the Olympic Virtual Series Motor Sport event by visiting Gran Turismo Sport’s official website, as well as their entry form and ranking board. You must have a valid PlayStation™Network account created from a provided list of countries or territories, a valid copy of ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ and own a PlayStation®4 or PlayStation®5 console.