Gran Turismo’s top man Kazunori Yamauchi has recently shed some light on the potential direction for the very next Gran Turismo title expected to release on the PlayStation 5.
Speaking to GTPlanet at the recent Nurburgring World Tour Esports event, Yamauchi hinted that the next Gran Turismo title could well take pointers from classic games in the long-running series and we may have Esports players to thank for this.
“I don’t normally play the past editions of Gran Turismo,” said Yamauchi. “But since I started doing the world tours, the players, they’re all young guys but they all bring GT2 or GT3 with them…so I’ve had more opportunity to play them recently, and it’s surprising how much I’ve forgotten…it gives me pointers and hints of the things we should make sure that we do in the future of the series.”
Yamauchi added the next Gran Turismo title could be an amalgamation of old, current, and new Gran Turismo titles – a compilation game if you will. This is certainly an exciting proposition and should please old school Gran Turismo fans while providing an experience that Gran Turismo Sport players can transition to.
“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,” said Yamauchi.
Gran Turismo Sport’s VR mode disappointed many at launch due to its limited nature. Yamauchi recognises the importance of VR in a racing game and is excited by the prospect of more processing power in the next generation PlayStation which should help his team realise their vision.
“The first thing that’s going to be affected by more power is VR,” stated Yamauchi. “I don’t think that there’s anything else that requires that much processing power. I really like VR, I’m one to believe in the possibilities of it, and it’s very suited for a driving game.”
“VR is something that really depends on the evolution of GPU power…it’s something where you can never have enough computing power,” said Yamauchi. “There’s always going to be that hardware limit, and that limit is never going to be high enough for us. Obviously, that’s going to gradually improve over time and we’ll make sure to follow that.”
Finally, Yamauchi reveals the development team is currently working on the next Gran Turismo title and that he is personally very happy with the current state of the physics found in Gran Turismo Sport (which incidentally earned ‘Best Handling’ in our 2018 Racing Game of the Year awards).
“I think in terms of races themselves and physics GT Sport has really reached the best place that we’ve ever reached – we’re at a very good place,” stated Yamauchi. “On the other hand, obviously we’re working on the next Gran Turismo already, and the world of sport we’ve achieved through GT Sport is something I’ve always imagined to be the future of Gran Turismo. We were able to establish that now.”
We’ve been enjoying Gran Turismo Sport’s most recent update which added the Sardegna circuit, you can listen to our impressions below.