Gran Turismo revolutionized the racing genre on consoles due to the enticing career mode, superb car selection and advanced physics model. Sadly, in recent years, the series has floundered and struggled to compete with Forza’s yearly release cycle. Additionally, Gran Turismo 5 was a major disappointment and I didn’t really find Gran Turismo 6 enjoyable either. Strangely enough, Gran Turismo 6 doesn’t pose any challenge in terms of the license events, or competition from the AI. In an ideal world, Polyphony Digital should have released Gran Turismo 7 as a PlayStation 4 launch title, but this didn’t happen and their projects usually take a long time to complete.
Thankfully, Gran Turismo Sport was announced some time ago during the Paris Games Week although we don’t know what this will actually entail. Apparently, it’s not a small demo of Gran Turismo 7 like earlier concept titles and should provide a fulfilling experience. According to Website GTPlanet, the Gran Turismo offices contained concept art on the wall during the Christmas period of the upcoming game! Super GT drivers Kohei Hirate and Satoshi Motoyama, and Toyota’s Masashi Honda publicly unveiled the images which are listed below:
There is still some speculation regarding the authenticity of some of the images, as they look photo-realistic. I’m pretty sceptical about the snapshot with trees in the background but perhaps the studio has found a way to implement satellite images into the render. However, this is very unlikely and wishful thinking. Whatever the case, I cannot wait to see Gran Turismo Sport and hope it provides the stopgap needed to please racing fans before the release of Gran Turismo 7.
Two of the best Gran Turismo players out there were recruited by a racing academy and ended up winning an endurance race in Australia this weekend.
Wolfgang Reip and Florian Strauss are members of the Gran Turismo academy – set up by Sony, Polyphony Digital and Nissan to encourage GT players to hone their driving talents in real cars. The pair formed part of the winning team that won the Bathurst 12 Hour race in New South Wales on 8th February.
The third driver in the team, Katsumasa Chiyo, who was not a graduate of the Gran Turismo Academy, posted the best time of all the team members, and even lapped two cars on the penultimate lap. The three competitors drove an RJN Motorsport Nissan GTR-35.
EuroGamer reports that Polyphony Digital are working away at their next title Gran Turismo 7. EuroGamer spoke with Kazunori Yamauchi at the Goodwood Festival this weekend, who is CEO of Polyphony Digital and producer of the Gran Turismo series. He stated the upcoming title would be a total new game rather than an iterative development on Grand Turismo 6. He also believed that the extensive redesign of the game means it won’t make a 2014 release so we should expect to see it next year instead. One of the focuses of the new title will be improved sound, something GT6 has been heavily criticised for. GT6 will get an audio update but an audio system overhaul will not come until GT7. The last bit of fairly surprising news was that the suite of Standard Cars that have been in the game since GT4 in 2004 will all be present in the new title.
“I doubt that we’ll be throwing away the standard cars,” said Yamauchi. “Each car has its own fans. So I think we’ll hang on to the archive. In the meanwhile, some of those cars we may be able to make into Premium cars as they become available – but basically we’re more focussed on increasing the number of premium cars.”
The decision to stick with the set of standard cars has been criticised by many fans of the title, people want to see new things not recycled material: GT7 could be in danger of getting left behind by new racing titles like Driveclub, World of Speed and Project Cars if it doesn’t move with the times.
Kazunori Yamauchi, the boss of Gran Turismo franchise developers Polyphony Digital, has been discussing Gran Turismo 7 and its expected launch date. While Gran Turismo 6 isn’t even out yet Yamauchi told Famitsu, via Polygon, that Gran Turismo 7 would be arriving in 2014 or 2015.
“The PlayStation 4 game which we’ll likely call GT7 will be done in about a year or two, I think.”
While the PlayStation 4 should be able to handle a graphically better game much easier than the PS3, the Polyphony digital boss still thinks the PS3 has enough power to make Gran Turismo 6 an awesome game.
“The PlayStation 4’s large memory size is a unique trait, but in terms of CPU performance, the PS3’s Cell chip, while difficult to handle, is really capable…They both have different advantages. Besides, I think the online community aspect, one of the most fun parts of GT, doesn’t have anything to do with the platform.”
Gran Turismo 6 is apparently “about 80%” done and will definitely be ready in time for the December 6th launch date on the PS3.
“It’s something that I get asked in every interview…It’s really hard to give an accurate answer to that. The basic components are already complete, so overall I’d have to say about 80 percent. The physics engine, the steering controls; those parts of the user interface are things that we fine tune-right up to the very end. Things like the game modes; I can say that those are complete.”
The PlayStation brand and the Gran Tursimo series are vital to each others existence, and while Gran Turismo 5 may not have been perfect, its always felt like a game that has belonged close to the PlayStation brand. I bought my first PlayStation 1 for Gran Turismo 1, I bought my PlayStation 2 for Gran Turismo 3, I bought my PlayStation 3 for Gran Turismo HD and eventually 5. So with the PlayStation 4 practically upon us, you would expect their to be a new Gran Turismo right around the corner for Sony’s next gen beast? Nope.
If rumours are to be believed, the new Gran Turismo is in fact in development for the PlayStation 3 and while this comes as a surprise, its a calculated and sensible thing to do for the developer. Gran Turismo is expensive to make and Polyphony Digital will be both wanting and needing to hit that large user install base that can be found near the end of a console life cycle. They will no doubt wait a couple of years for the next installment on the PlayStation 4, after the hardware has seen greater numbers of units sold, which at this time is of course zero units sold.
While no information on release date has been released, a sneakily listing on Newegg.com did list the PS3 edition of the game for pre-order.
The PlayStation 4 will launch with Drive Club, a western developed racing title that very nearly wore the Gran Turismo name, as almost a spin-off to the main series given their connections with Polyphony and the fact that both studios are first party Sony developers, this didn’t happen obviously, but it does raise some interest on how the two will compare. Drive Club on the PS4 vs Gran Turismo 6 on the PS4, one will out shine the other and that could lead to some confusion for both Sony and consumers on which way to spend their money, but only time will tell.