The Next Gran Turismo Is In Development, Will Be A "Complete Form Of Gran Turismo"
While it hasn’t been officially revealed, Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has confirmed that the next Gran Turismo game is in development over at Polyphony Digital, and will be a “complete form of Gran Turismo.”
During the Nurburgring World Tour event several weeks ago, GTPlanet sat down with Yamauchi to discuss GT Sport and the future of Gran Turismo. He explained how he feels GT Sport’s races and physics are the best in the series, and that he envisioned the world of sport being the future of Gran Turismo.
Yamauchi also states in the interview that the team is working on the next Gran Turismo, by confirming that "obviously we're working on the next Gran Turismo already." When asked if the next title will be a traditional Gran Turismo 7 or an online-driven GT Sport 2, he answered “I think the next title that we’re going to create will be a combination of the past, present and future – a complete form of Gran Turismo.”
Yamauchi also mentions that from doing all these world tours for Gran Turismo Sport, he has a clear idea of the things fans are passionate for and love about the previous mainline games and are things that need to be done in future titles.
“I don’t normally play the past editions of Gran Turismo, but since I started doing the world tours, the players, they’re all young guys but they all bring GT2 or GT3 with them – like, how old were you when this game came out!? So I’ve had more opportunity to play them recently, and it’s surprising how much I’ve forgotten! Having done all these World Tours, it gave me the opportunity to feel the history of Gran Turismo, It gives me pointers and hints of the things we should make sure that we do in the future of the series.”
GTPlanet also questioned him about the upcoming next-generation PlayStation and what Polyphony would do with the new consoles extra power. with VR being his highest interest. Yamauchi explains that he really likes VR and is a strong believer in its possibilities, stating how VR is very much suited for driving games.
With PlayStation 5 set to launch at the end of next year, we wouldn’t be surprised if the next Gran Turismo title is a launch window title for the upcoming console and is something I’ve been predicting. Gran Turismo Sport launched almost two years ago and has since been receiving near-monthly support adding new and free content including new vehicles, tracks and events.
Gran Turismo Sport was originally meant to reuse old car models from the PS2/PS3 generations before deciding to create new, high polycount models from the ground-up in favor of a significantly smaller car list than previous games. With new vehicles being added monthly, its possible Polyphony has been using GT Sport as a testing ground for new content, making vehicles and tracks for the next game then porting them to Sport as a way to keep supporting its active online community.
Are you excited for the next Gran Turismo game going back to its roots, and do you think it’ll launch on the PS4 or on the next gen PlayStation? Share your thoughts down below, and be sure to check out GTPlanet’s full interview over on their website!