Ah, the digital age—where game companies think they can slap an "online-only" label on a product, ask us to fork over sixty bucks, and then flip the off-switch when they're bored. Ladies and gentlemen, let's talk about the imminent demise of online services for the PlayStation 4-exclusive, Gran Turismo Sport.
Gran Turismo Sport Online Services SHUT DOWN
On January 31, 2024, at the crack of dawn (06:00 UTC, to be precise), Gran Turismo Sport will gasp its last online breath. Even before that, on December 1, 2023, you won't be able to purchase any more in-game Add-On items. Poof! Gone! So much for your custom liveries and that Lewis Hamilton Time Trial Challenge you've been eyeing.
Oh, but fear not, offline gamers! The good people at Sony have assured us that we can still play the offline portions of the game. How generous, really! I mean, who needs an online community when you can race against AI that drives like it's been sipping on grandma's cough syrup?
And what about your "Garage" cars and Career Mode progression? Well, those are safe—locked in your virtual garage like trophies in a case, gathering virtual dust. But forget about those custom liveries. You know, the ones that made your car look like a rolling piece of art? Yeah, those are going up in virtual smoke.
The irony is thick enough to cut with a knife. Many of us didn't buy Gran Turismo Sport in the first place because of its heavy online focus. The short lifespan of online services for video games has become a running joke, except nobody's laughing. And now, Gran Turismo Sport is turning into another tombstone in the graveyard of online-only titles.
The most maddening part? Sony is already hyping up "further improvements" for Gran Turismo 7. A little advice, folks—don't fall for the ol' "new and improved online services" trick. Today's online extravaganza is tomorrow's digital wasteland.
So, remember, the next time a game company tries to entice you with flashy online-only modes, think of Gran Turismo Sport. You might just find that the fast track to online gaming glory is really a one-way street to obsolescence.
That full pathetic 'Press Release' is here.