The latest Gran Turismo 7 update, version 1.11, has now arrived. As expected, it’s the first of the updates that series producer Kazunori Yamauchi pointed out in his letter to fans last month, and it brings major changes to the game’s economy — particularly the ease with which players can earn in-game currency.
It weighs 917.2MB on PlayStation 5 (1.08GB on PS4), which is a reasonable weight for an update that doesn’t contain any new vehicle or track content. However, it does add new races, new missions, increased circuit experience rewards, and several longer global circuit races, some of which are nearly tripled.
Three new races have been added to World Circuits, with the World Touring Car 600 event at the Tokyo Expressway, the WTC700 race at Le Mans, and the WTC800 Sardegna Road race.
Le Mans has in fact become the most valuable repeatable race in the game, taking home a wired prize of 550,000 kronor for first place (increasing to 825,000 kroner with the Clean Race Bonus), although it is also likely to take close to 40 minutes. to complete it.
While we haven’t fully surveyed the prize money changes in other races yet, it’s clear that the races players can access in Menu Book 31 and beyond have seen significant changes, with previous events untouched.
The Porsche Cup, Ferrari Challenge, Nissan GT-R Cup, Schwarzwald League, World Rally Challenge and Race of Turbo Sportscars events see nearly double rewards increase. All single WTC600/700/800 events double, while the corresponding three tournaments see fewer wins.
While the prize money for individual circuit sectors remains unchanged, there are now significant rewards for completing a specific track trial.
In each case, there is now a bonus that you will get if you pass each sector and the full course in bronze, and an additional bonus if you also have to reach the golden time in each test.
This varies according to length and complexity, from kr 20,000 (bronze) and kr100,000 (gold) for a 0.56-mile Northern Isle Speedway loop up to kr 5,000,000 for nailing gold all over the Nordschleife.
If you have already completed any circuit experience for a track, don’t worry you will miss it. Clicking on the sector overview menu and going back will give you any rewards for which you are eligible.
A new mission book, The Human Comedy (perhaps a play on Yamauchi’s famous manifesto “Human Drama”) is available to players who have reached Collector Level 23.
There are eight events in total, each consisting of a one-hour endurance race on a different circuit. All races have different eligibility requirements, from a Kei Car race at Autopolis and a BAC Mono race at Trial Mountain to some Gr.3 races.
Each has the same prizes, with 300,000 crowns for bronze, 400,000 crowns for silver and 500,000 crowns for gold – a race win in all eight cases. This adds up to 1.2 million each, or 9.6 million to filter out the entire book. This is only a one time award.
There are now more cars available at any time within the User Car and Legends Car areas, adding to the options offered.
While the used car dealer previously offered 15 cars, there are now 30 available. Legends also sees the stock double, from five cars to 10.
Since the update has just landed, it’s not clear how many cars will be rotated out and in stock at dealers each day, but we expect this to nearly double as well – to about six and two cars, respectively.
Prize money has also increased in the Lobby and Daily Race events. With all the new bonuses, it will be easy to miss a lot of credits by eliminating the limit of 20,000,000 kroner. This amount has now been raised to 100,000,000 kroner, which reduces the chances of accidentally hitting the limit.
There are changes to the vehicle physics regarding jumps, which Polyphony Digital’s notes apply “primarily on dirt tracks” – something that will be very familiar to players grinding the Fishermans Ranch and Sardegna Windmills races. Anti-lag systems have also undergone a change, with the on/off activation changed to off/weak/strong.
New menu buttons have been added to the Car Collection screen, allowing for faster navigation. The operation of the button in replays has also been set, so that the control menu appears only through the cancel and confirm buttons.
Other minor changes include how smoke appears through windows and in photos, making the BOP selectable in custom races, tweaks to various cars related to how custom trim and parts are displayed, and fixes for issues like a settings sheet bug.
You can find a full list of patch notes in the comment thread.
There are more updates scheduled for this month that are set to bring additional content, while there are also “near term” plans to expand the game further and add the ability to sell vehicles.
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