Gran Turismo documentary skipping theaters, coming to Hulu

KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide debuting on Hulu next week; Sony giving away $1 million in-game Gran Turismo 6 credits as part of promotion.

The official Gran Turismo documentary--KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide--will launch January 22 through Hulu, Sony has announced. The movie, named after franchise creator Kazunori Yamauchi, will reveal historical footage and "never before told stories" from experts of the automotive and gaming industries.

Its release marks the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo series. Specifically, the movie will trace Yamauchi's career from his run as a professional racer to his founding of game studio Polyphony Digital.

KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide was developed over the period of a year and filming took place in 12 locations from around the world. Commercials and short film director Tamir Moscovici directed the movie, which was captured by Avatar virtual camera operator Anthony Arendt.

You can check out a roundtable session on Twitch about the movie with Yamauchi and Moscovici January 22. The event will also feature giveaways including $1 million worth of in-game credits for Gran Turismo 6, which launched exclusively for PS3 last month.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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17 comments
EMPTY-V
EMPTY-V

skipping theaters, coming to pirate bay

port_nine
port_nine

I was listening to a podcast a while back and one of the commentators mentioned that there was a Gran Turismo movie in the works about someone who had played a ton of Gran Turismo and decided to become a real race car driver.

Is this the movie he was talking about I wonder? Because what he mentioned sounded a lot more interesting than a documentary about a seemingly egotistical game dev.

rasterror
rasterror

I wonder if 20 percent will be in HD while the rest are just standard definition clips from older movies.

Radnen
Radnen

I don't recall Forza doing this... Obvious sales crutch is obvious.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Wow what a joke. Gran Turismo is crap, It's less about racing and more about everything that has nothing to do with being a good racing game.

West123
West123

KAZ wow this guys ego is huge!! i knew this franchise was dying but i had no idea how delusional the creator was 


KAZ a movie directed by KAZ staring KAZ as KAZ  

allever
allever

Seriously?  People shouldn't bother with this.  $1 million worth in-game is WORTHLESS.  This is a marketing hack with nothing beneficial to everyone else but Gran Turismo.

Riddick123
Riddick123

Hulu shares dropped due to this announcement.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

Give us $1 million on GT5 and I'll watch it.

blackace
blackace

I won't be waiting my time watching this. They were smart not bringing it to theaters. It would have bombed hard. Polyphony should have included it in a GT6 Collectors Edition.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I'm shocked people don't want to flood theatres for a video game dev documentary (sarcasm).

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I'll have to watch this documentary I bet it will be interesting.

Maxx_the_Slash
Maxx_the_Slash

@allever Not to mention the $1 million giveaway is misleading. $1 million WORTH of in-game credits. Not $1 million per-player, $1 million total for the entire giveaway, and small chunks of it will be given out to winners. Losers in the giveaway will get nothing. The most I see anyone receiving at all is $10,000.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

@allever The documentary would be valuable just because it'll show how GT started and it's development and other issues but I think GT is dead, either your the super hardcore faithful buy every release or you're like me and are looking for something better....

Personally I didn't even buy GT6, it got a worse review that GT5 and I hated that one so it made no sense to get the new one, I'm a fan of the Forza franchise but I don't play on XBOX as much as I used to so i'm looking for something on Playstation like or better that Forza, so far The Crew, Driveclub and Project Cars look promising...

West123
West123

@MJ12-Conspiracy @allever the crew isnt that an arcade game? driveclub is an arcade game also it dosnt exist lol...project cars i have no idea but it looks pretty