IN A NUTSHELL:
- PlayStation-licensed company Next Level Racing suggested on social media that GT7 is being developed and coming out this year;
- The company deleted the posts and issued a comment stating that they knew nothing about the game;
- This is not the first rumor suggesting that GT7 is being developed - earlier reports suggested that it will be PS5's launch title.
It appears that Next Level Racing, a PlayStation-licensed company that develops high-end racing simulation equipment, accidentally revealed the existence of Gran Turismo 7. A now deleted post published on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook contained an illustration with the logos of several racing games (via TheSixthAxis). Three of these were already announced games, and the fourth was GT7. It is noteworthy that the entries were marked with the question "What racing game are you most looking forward to in 2020?"
The company has already issued a statement explaining how thing are, stating that Next Level Racing has no knowledge of Gran Turismo 7, and that the graphic designers responsible for the image used a "mock logo circulating around the web". Nevertheless, the case is suspicious, especially given the reports of an event planned for early June where Sony is expected to show titles for the PS5. It is also worth remembering that this is not the first rumor suggesting that GT7 is being developed - last November there were reports that it will be one of the launch titles of Sony's new console. It's possible that someone got a bit ahead of themselves and broke the NDA, but of course it can't be ruled out that this was just a misunderstanding. Below is a fragment of Next Level Racing's statement.
“Our team has recognized that a recent post by us using a logo has been misinterpreted by media and it does not reflect any information from our end, and we deny knowing any information regarding the launch of GT7. There have been assumptions made in the media that are quite simply untrue. Due to this, we have decided to take down our previous social post. Our Graphic Design Department used the mock logo that is circulated on the internet.
We do apologize for any confusion that this might have caused.”
- Gran Turismo - official website