With Gran Turismo Sport being a bona fide success, it seems Polyphony Digital will be focusing on that for the foreseeable future, and that means other games will be taking a hit. One such game being affected is Gran Turismo 6, which will have its online servers shutdown early 2018.
How early? According to Polyphony Digital, the Gran Turismo 6 online shutdown date will be on January 31, 2018! Yep, that means you have just one month to play the PlayStation 3 racing game.
Once the servers are shut down, players won’t be able to check online features such as the Community, Open Lobby, Quick Match, and of course, Seasonal Events. Whatever offline component will still be playable of course.
Check out Polyphon’s message regarding in-game credits, how to re-download Credits and more.
Warning Regarding In-Game Credits
If you have deleted your game data after purchasing credits from the GT Store, please make sure to install/redeem the credits again before the end of the online service to have them available in-game. The installation/redemption of credits can be done in-game from [My Home] -> [GT Store] -> [Purchased Content]. It will no longer be possible to install/redeem credits after the end of the online service.
How to re-download Credits when your game data has been deleted
Even if you accidently delete your game data after the end of the online service, it will still be possible to re-download and re-install the credits. To re-download them, go to the [Download List] in the PlayStation®Store, or go to [PSN] -> [Account Management] -> [Purchase History] -> [Download List] from the PlayStation®3 XMB (Cross Media Bar).
Regarding the “Track Path Editor”
With the end of the online services, the distribution of the “GT6 Track Path Editor”, currently available on “Google Play” and the “App Store”, will also end as of 28 March 2018. After the end of the online services, it will no longer be possible to transfer track data created with the “GT6 Track Path Editor” to “Gran Turismo 6”.
In case you skimmed through it, Polyphony has mentioned that the Track Path Editor out on Google Play and iOS’s App Store will be pulled on March 28, 2018. Once the online service ends, players won’t be able to transfer track data to GT6.
For reference, Gran Turismo 6 was released back in 2013, so that means it had close to five years of online functionality. It might not be ideal for those still playing it, but whenever these things happen, it’s usually due to dwindling player bases that make the upkeep not worth it for the handful that are still playing.
Source: Gran Turismo