Don’t worry about making progress in Gran Turismo 7 this weekend; the lengthy maintenance downtime has ended after more than a day. Polyphony Digital resolved issues with the flawed 1.07 update by releasing 1.08 to gamers, bringing the racing sim’s critical online component back online.
According to studio chief Kazunori Yamauchi, the previous patch had a “rare” and previously undetected bug that prevented some PS4 and PS5 owners from starting the game properly. Yamauchi stated that the company decided to halt the 1.07 release in order to protect players’ save data.
The 1.08 update also addresses user complaints about Gran Turismo 7 microtransactions by modifying event rewards.
While Yamauchi wants in-game car prices to have some resemblance to their real-world counterparts, he also wants players to be able to enjoy the game without having to rely on microtransactions or grind certain events “over and over again.”
More content, events, and features will also be added to “constructively resolve” complaints about real-money purchases, according to the executive, though specifics are not yet available.
Fans who have wanted to dive into Gran Turismo 7’s main GT mode, which requires an internet connection whether or not you’re playing with others, will likely appreciate the return. However, it arrives too late to avoid some reputational damage to the game.
Throughout the downtime, users have been review-bombing the game, and it now has a Metacritic score of 3.3. Whether they like it or not, Polyphony and Sony may have to rebuild the trust of fans shattered by the outage.