The nest game in the Gran Turismo franchise, GT 7, will require an online connection to play the single-player mode, as note by an asterisked point at the bottom of a Playstation blog article about the game.
Just why a game like GT 7 would need an online connection for solo games is not yet known, but this seems to be another nail in the coffin for simply playing video games.
Those days of simply playing are (for the most part at least) gone. There was a time when you would walk into your local games shop, browse the new and second-hand section looking for that game you had read about in the last issue of Games Master (or whatever games magazine you read), then you’d either buy it, or look at box covers and read the back of the cool boxes to see if anything looked interesting. If you did find a game you liked the look of – and could afford – you’d go home and plunk it into you cartridge slot or CD tray and start the fun.
Today however, between initial installs and required updates, system updates and online requirements, just playing a game for the first time can take more than an hour.
This sort of thing is no longer new of course, but required online for single-player modes has never been popular with most gamers (anecdotally), so it will be interesting to see if developers Polyphony Digital decide to explain the need for an online connection.
Gran Turismo 7 releases on the 4th of March, 2022.