Gran Turismo Sport will see the long-running and much-loved racing game series take somewhat of a side-step this year by focusing on the ever-growing eSports scene.
Many fans have feared that the title will not scratch their Gran Turismo itch thanks to a lack of content which we've taken for granted over the years including a huge library of cars, a comprehensive career mode, and the ability to upgrade your Kei car into a barn-storming brute to name just a few elements.
Gran Turismo's head honcho Kazunori Yamauchi recently spoke to GTPlanet to alleviate some of the fear that some fans have and we also get to learn a little bit more about the development of the title expected to release exclusively on the PlayStation 4 platform later this year.
Yamauchi explains that the closed beta existed to figure out the various algorithms for collisions and Sportsmanship points, but interestingly concedes that he was surprised that people are having fun with the beta. “We have to experiment and learn what the tendencies of people are in the game by actually watching them play it. But, at the same time, I knew from the beginning that it was going to be a stressful experience for the players”, said Yamauchi. “Basically, what the beta is doing is cutting out the Sports mode, so it was surprising to me that players are actually enjoying the experience in playing, because it wasn’t really meant to be “fun”!”
Yamauchi reassures worried fans of the series that GTSport will contain a plethora of content and that nothing has actually been dropped. “Gran Turismo Sport is actually going to contain more features than any other game in the series to date. Nothing has been dropped, things have only been added. Whether it be the campaign mode, or the offline gameplay, or the open lobbies, everything has been raised in quality and there is more of it, so there is nothing to worry about. Nothing has been dropped”, stated Yamauchi.
“The closed beta is really just one snippet of the whole Gran Turismo Sport experience. It’s just one part of it, and it’s also the most stressful part of the experience, so it’s important that we have the support of the community to help test it out”, he continued.
The Sportmanship rating is GTSport's assessment of players' racing etiquette: drive too aggressively and you'll see it drop, whereas the rating will climb if you stick to clean racing. “Even as we speak now, the algorithm for the Sportsmanship Points is something that is being worked on and improved. Those changes will be implemented in further updates, but it’s going to be difficult to come up with a perfect algorithm for judgements or collision detection. But it’s something that we are going to continue to improve and do everything we can to make it the best it can be”, said Yamauchi.
Finally, Yamauchi hints that GT Sport will potentially have lots of post-launch support and reveals that three years ago the development team reset all the car models to build them from the ground up for the new generation of Gran Turismo titles.