Kazunori Yamauchi, head honcho of Gran Turismo spoke recently about the franchise, and when asked if there will be a Gran Turismo 6 he answered,
“Yes. You won’t have to wait as long as you did for GT5. GT5 represents a whole new operating system. GT6 is just new apps that run on the GT5 system.”
Note he said “is” not “will” so GT6 must exist already although what he means by ‘new apps’ is anyone’s guess. He also reveals the game will have damage modelling , has cost $60 million to make, will have 20 environments with 70 tracks and they are aiming for a ridiculous one thousand cars in the game. All of these 400,000 polygon cars will be ‘on the disc’ which may explain why it’s coming on three Blu-rays. When asked if Gran Turismo 5 will have DLC Yamauchi responded,
“Eventually there will probably be but there are no actual plans set yet.”
We all know two ice ages have passed whilst waiting for GT5, but there is a reason:
“To make Gran Turismo 5, we threw away the legacy code from GT4 and started from scratch. It’s been five years from [the release of] GT4, and that’s the same amount of time it took to develop the first GT4. To create a game from scratch, that’s the amount of time it takes to get it right.”
Kazunori Yamauchi was also asked about release dates and it seems it is a rather touchy subject. GT5 will launch in Japan in March but the date for other regions is ‘undecided’. What could be delaying the release?
“That’s more depending on SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America) marketing decisions. My job is to create the product, not sell it.”