Gran Turismo 6 to receive a "fairly large" day one patch

Day one Gran Turismo 6 patch will update online features, but developer Polyphony Digital is still "overflowing with stuff we'd like to do."

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Upcoming PlayStation 3 racing sim Gran Turismo 6 will receive a "fairly large" day one patch, Eurogamer has reported.

Speaking in an interview, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi explained how the game will be updated following its release. "Everything's very tight. It's an incredibly tight schedule. As to being able to include everything we want to on day one, we probably won't be able to," he said.

"I think for the 12 months following the release we'll continue to update the software. Because in Gran Turismo 6 we're preparing a lot of different things we haven't even touched on yet."

Yamauchi elaborated that the game's online features are still being worked out before the game's launch. "I can be almost certain that there'll be a day one patch applied," said Yamauchi. "The online features are already working--we'll be updating it with a day one patch, and we're still overflowing with stuff we'd like to do. So I think the day one patch will be a fairly large patch."

Discussing the future of the series, Yamauchi also reflected on whether Gran Turismo could ever become a service-based game as opposed to a series of numbered releases, and added that studio Polyphony Digital is now able to work a lot faster. "I think you're sort of right in that we've really changed how we make games now," he said.

"Even now when we're near the end of development [of GT6] we're still creating features that will be provided in this game in updates later on. I think it's a possibility that one day these types of update will be continuing for our titles. More recently, the speed of our output is much, much faster."

Last week, Polyphony said that Gran Turismo 7 for the PlayStation 4 would be released in "a year or two".

Gran Turismo will be released for the PlayStation 3 on December 6.

Discussion

103 comments
hammr25
hammr25

When is Gran Turismo 6 XL coming out?

Virgin101
Virgin101

I'm glad they're using the word "updates" rather than "dlc".

hotcheese0
hotcheese0

I am used to not playing the game on launch day because firmware update + patch update usually takes all night.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Remember when games were done before they shipped?  Yeah, me neither -_-

nurnberg
nurnberg

Maybe they should have taken example on GTA.  GTA released as a polished single player game, but the online will be released later.  Instead of rushing to release a broken mess, they are actually polishing it and probably release it later in a good state.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

The more I hear from PD the less sense it makes.

Releasing GT5 at the end of the PS3 instead of being a launch title for the PS4 just seems like a massive waste.  Gran Turismo is a Playstation system seller - something racing fans want at launch (or close to) on the latest platform.

Releasing GT5 unfinished on PS3 makes even less sense.  If it needs 12 months of patches to get it to the state they wanted to release it in, then it's all the more reason to just make it for PS4.

As for the comment about "It's an incredibly tight schedule."  that can only mean someone controlling their spending sat them down to ensure they actually release something and not sit on it for 6+ years... again.

It doesn't mean GT5 will be bad - but certainly not the full potential it could be.

rasterror
rasterror

I guess they need to ad 30 more Honda Civics, 15 Daihatsus, and 40 more Miatas.

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Lol they did this with GT5 and the current patch(s) requirements are about 6GB possibly I was hoping for a Special edition with all fixes on a disc so all I have to do is install the game data with the most up to date fixes.

victormgs777
victormgs777

I still haven't played GT5. Is GT6 what GT5 was supposed to be all hd gorgoeus cars and not just 100 or so and the rest PS2 style models?

drodriguesaar
drodriguesaar

"overflowing with stuff we'd like to do." means more than 2 hours to download, and install this patch?

hyksiu
hyksiu

Development... development... oh well this sucks. Cant fix those bugs... screw this

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Why not actually finish the game before releasing it, meaning make sure the bugs are worked out?? OH, right because that would take a console generation......

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

my ex-wife received a large day one patch when i first met her

Triton
Triton

Pass, I'll wait until its actually done now.

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

If they would've used the money they're wasting on that DAMNED GT movie and Car Shows that don't contribute to development of the game they could put those resources to good use like hiring more people to help them finish a complete GT game.

instigator81
instigator81

MS has done a good job of making themselves look bad, but if this was related to MS and not Sony it would have 1000 comments a least.

I think this might be the new strategy of companies.  We don't require you to have Internet for our game.  However, without it you won't get the full product.

lucivar1
lucivar1

Another PhonyStation 3 brick incoming.

onixevil
onixevil

PS4 day one is not garbage cause it's not the same story with ps3 launch firmware .

Pupchu
Pupchu

as long as GT6 wount feel as half-finished as GT5 was...

WICGuardian
WICGuardian

Kaz has just never heard the word "completed" :)

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

So it comes undone and if you have no i-net you're fucked!
Copy&Paste from Forza 5 comments.

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

Hehe don't be a sucker, by that time PS4 will be out, THEN they will announce Gran Turismo 7... and now you're screwed! ^_^

RicanV
RicanV moderator

PS4 pre-order cancelled.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

To me, this is a big reason to leave it 6/12 months before buying.  By then the game should be complete, as it should of been on the day it was released.

If they can't release a fully complete game then it should be delayed.  I'd rather wait and get a full game, than have updates and patches drip fed over a period of a few months.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

No problem for me. I've just started with GT5 XL Edition, Dirt 3 Complete Edition and a recently bought G27, so I'll be very, very busy. I'll wait for the no-brainer GT6 XL Edition :D

enoslives7
enoslives7

This proves it...the PS4 is simply a PC. Console games are released when they are COMPLETE.

Oh well, I guess console gaming no longer exists. The xBone and PS4 are simply closed architecture PCs.

fadersdream
fadersdream

Sony just can't maintain a schedule.
If it were any other game I would be more forgiving, but for the better part of a decade GT5 was vaporware, it's clear that design studios are scrambling behind the scenes.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

I almost feel like this should just be a downloadable game. I say this because of the support PD gives it, they are constantly improving and adding to the game, so the disc is rendered near useless after a while when you have to download gigs of patches to play later.

I consider this GREAT support by the way, its not like they're releasing a broken game and fixing it later. They're putting out a fully fledged standard game and the developers are still enthusiastic about what can be done to make the game better.

Crowgasm888
Crowgasm888

So, in iRacing there's a little console in some cars that you can play GT on. You know, when you're not playing a proper racing sim. Sort of like pong, with wheels, it is.  </sizzle>.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Everything's very tight. It's an incredibly tight schedule." Oh it's tight, isn't it? As tight as a tiger? http://www.you tube.com/watch?v=gu31VyXlTzo

hammr25
hammr25

@chibi-acer Remember the days when games were a lot simpler and therefore didn't need nearly as much testing?

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@chibi-acer I do. You'd install the game or pop the disk/cartridge into your system and it was ready to go. The thought "better check if there's a patch first" never crossed your mind, and you never worried that the game might be buggy. Games just worked.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@MJ12-Conspiracy That's how it works in the industry now. They send the game for Sony and Microsoft to OK, even if it's still broken, and spend the last month before release making patches for day one.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@instigator81 The thing is,MS is speaking about it...online here,online there,the cloud...
Sony is silent and just brings this stuff and it just makes not huge "waves".

sscaling
sscaling

@RicanV Because a PS3 game is going to have a day 1 patch? Okay...

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@Darkreaper_1 Agreed.  I like the GT games, but missing a year's worth of feature updates?  I seriously doubt I would still be playing the game for a full year.  Better just wait and get the full experience.  Not to mention the game will probably be cheaper by then.

rasterror
rasterror

@Darkreaper_1 But Polyphony takes 6 years to make a partially finished game. The last time a GT was complete was 3.

varmintx
varmintx

@Hurvl I was waiting for someone to make a Killer7 reference with that quote.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@SavageEvil @instigator81 Wow, calm down.

It might amaze you, but some people do finish their games before shipping them.  It wasn't that long ago that there was no such thing as console patching.  Now they're shipping the game knowing that features on their To Do List are still missing.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@varmintx @Hurvl Sorry, you got a Austin Powers in Goldmember reference instead. Hope you're not too disappointed.