Still pining for Gran Turismo 6? Us too. It's a relief, then, to be able to say that there's now less than 3 months to wait until Polyphony's PS3 swanswong driving simulator is unleashed.
In a new interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu translated by Polygon, series Godfather Kazunori Yamauchi was questioned about the current development state of GT6: “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.”
GT6's impressive and noticably revamped physics seen in the GT Academy 2013 demo have also apparently evolved, and will be showcased at the upcoming Tokyo Games Show next week.
Of course, there's a more pressing matter that GT6 has to contend with before its release: the dawn of the next generation consoles. Indeed, Gran Turismo will sadly be absent on PS4 as Evolution Studios' DriveClub has already reserved its parking space for launch day. While Kazunori has hinted about the possibility of porting GT6 to PS4 before, a full-blown next generation sequel in the form of GT7 is inevtible.
Encouragingly, Kazunori certainly seems enamored with the PS4's tech: “The PlayStation 4′s large memory size is a unique trait,” he said, “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."
As for the likelyhood of GT7 arriving on PS4, Kazunori hinted that the eta could be sooner than we had anticipated: "The PlayStation 4 game which we’ll likely call GT7 will be done in about a year or two, I think, and I think the community aspect’s going to be vital there as well.”
Given Polyphony's track record with release dates, the prospect of GT7 rolling out just a year or two after GT6 seems a tad optimistic, but it's encouraging to know that Polyphony are already making plans for the series' next generation debut. But one step at a time guys – don't foget you still have that December 6th deadline to meet for finishing GT6 before you get preoccupied with GT7…