(UPDATE!!!!) The beta is about to hit lap two!!! If you missed out on signing up the first time, here’s your shot!!

Sign up, Brah!!

Now we know why there’s been so much Gran Turismo Sport media this week. Kazunori Yamauchi (creator of Gran Turismo) broke news today on the official PlayStation Blog that beginning March 17, there’s going to be a closed beta for Gran Turismo Sport!!!

Hello, GT fans! We’re extremely excited at Polyphony to announce the Gran Turismo Sport Closed Beta. Beta participants will get a sneak peek at how Gran Turismo will pave the future of racing, competing in highly competitive races against other users across the country, and eventually, across the globe.

Participants will be able to choose from a select rotation of cars and tracks each day to race online against others during the Beta phases. Track and car selections will vary during this period, and we made sure to offer different race class categories and course configurations to properly test our GT fans!

This will also be the first time users will see how the Driver Profile is integrated within GT Sport. The introduction of Sportsmanship Rating (tracks a player’s behavior and manners on-track) and Driver Rating (represents the overall speed of the player and how well they perform in races) will ensure those that race online will be equally matched, naturally creating a balanced group of competitive drivers for every race.

The initial phase of the closed Beta, starting on March 17, will only be open to selected U.S. PSN IDs, so be sure to check your Messages on the PS4 dashboard to see if you’ve been invited.

As with most Beta programs, in order for the development team to capture data in an optimal manner, the sample size needs to be increased gradually and in stages. While we begin to roll out the Beta, we have decided that the time differences across the U.S. are best matched to the development team in Tokyo.

During the initial phase, our servers will be open for users during specific times across the day. We will share these times closer to the Beta launch across our social channels and GT.com.

If you want to sign-up, HERE’S THE LINK!!

In Europe? HERE’S YOUR LINK!!!
They also release another short, beautiful trailer. Check it out.

With all this Gran Turismo Sport news as of late, perhaps a release date isn’t too far away? One can certainly hope.