Kazunori Yamauchi is the CEO of Polyphony Digital, creators of the Gran Turismo franchise. He’s been talking to IGN about the state of play with GT5 and plans for future DLC.
Kaz says that the last twelve months of updates for GT5, which have been fairly regular, were done to “set up the basic platform”. Now that they’re finally happy with their base, we can expect plenty more DLC. That content will contain new vehicles (he mentioned trucks!) and should come at roughly two monthly intervals.
Apparently, Polyphony Digital is watching the reaction to the first DLC pack closely to decide what route to take with future packs.
Perhaps most interestingly, when asked about the difference between ongoing DLC support and development of the next in the series, Kaz had this to say:
Of course we’re working on GT6 already and I think what really will be the separating factor is something that we can’t update through a DLC is something that obviously has to be saved for GT6. Things that we can provide through DLC we will, so that’s really the market difference.
So there’s confirmation that Polyphony Digital is working on GT6, hardly surprising. Perhaps I’m reading too much into it but could that “market difference” mean a new platform? I can’t think of anything else that would prevent content just being delivered as DLC for the existing platform. It’s not as if they can make it look or sound any better on PS3, is it?