Yamauchi opens up on Gran Turismo

Producer completely focused on the racing series, GT5 Prologue only at "halfway point," PSP version not due this year.

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Fans of Gran Turismo can sleep easy at night; the PlayStation's quintessential driving game is in safe hands. Gran Turismo's creator and producer, Kazunori Yamauchi, spoke candidly with GameSpot UK today at Sony's Three Rooms venue in Central London about Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and the long-awaited Gran Turismo 5, and reconfirmed that a PlayStation Portable version of the game and the mysterious Gran Turismo for Boys are still in the works.

Talking about the two vaporware titles, Yamauchi confirmed they're both still on the radar. He said, "Gran Turismo for Boys will most likely become a service within Gran Turismo 5, and for the PSP I don't think we'll be able to make this year."

When asked what's next for the Gran Turismo following GT5 Prologue's European launch, Yamauchi said that, "first off, GT5 prologue is only at the halfway point to its completion. So in the next update there will be many more features added to the game. From that point to Gran Turismo 5, there's just going to be a lot more quantity in terms of cars and of the tracks as well."

GameSpot asked if the development of GT5 Prologue meant a longer wait for the eventual Gran Turismo 5, and Yamauchi answered, "This is true, but creating games on the PS3 is so much more difficult than we imagined at first and it took us three years to get here, and I hope our fans understand that we're trying our best and will be moving forward [on GT5] from here on."

Yamauchi also stated that his team at Polyphony Digital is and will be completely engrossed in Gran Turismo for the foreseeable future. He said, "We want to do other things, and I have some ideas but we don't have any resources and time to do anything else right now, we're focusing on getting Gran Turismo evolved and moving forward and also [Gran Turismo] for the PSP as well."

While Yamauchi steered clear of discussing what the challenges were for developing on the PS3, he added that he thinks the PS3, "is finally at a level that is suited for expressing the beauty of cars, and I think that's the interesting part of developing games on the PS3."

Yet perhaps the most curious fact of the day is that Mr. Gran Turismo doesn't compare his craft to those in the next-door garage. Yamauchi confessed, "I've never played any other [racing] games besides Gran Turismo, so [I] wouldn't know about those, but in the past before Gran Turismo, there are games that were on the Commodore Amiga--a game called Grand Prix--that's one of the games that I think has some influence on Gran Turismo."

The full interview with Yamauchi-san will be broadcast soon on GameSpot. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is out now in Europe and Australia, and will arrive on US retail shelves on April 15, and in downloadable form over the PlayStation Network on April 17.

Discussion

114 comments
ghost1528
ghost1528

Well the negative side to reading this is, fact that he's never played another game so he has nothing to look at for improvement, seeing what other games did good and improve on that or what they did bad and not make same mistake, 1 game he's benefit from is Live For Speed, best simulator out right now. Then on a plus side I guess in a way it's good that he's not influenced by other games as only thing he has to compare his game to is real life which is the ultimate comparison if he's trying to make it more realistic. Either way, seems a little wack to me but i guess there's pros and cons to his method. I got GT5P and love it, frustrating sometimes though lol Some challenges seem impossible, then again i play with all aids off with H shifter G25 manual so makes it kinda harder..

tekken220
tekken220

why are they making gt for boys anyway? maybe they decided to make that game so they won't make gt4 mobile

sanim02
sanim02

ok i made a thread about this a few mins ago.. soo yeah finally some answers.. i guess the psp version of the game won't be out before mid-ways through 2009.. if we don't get any info about this game by 2010 that means its probably not coming out or is simply a good bye psp title..:(

jwb-2007
jwb-2007

jaredcrazy3232, I agree. I remember actually pre-ordering a psp on the basis that gran turismo was on it then when I heard it was delayed I cancelled it. How can they take over two years to release it. Since then I had bought a psp but when it broke didn't buy a new one because there is not many brilliant games or features on it. It's pathetic. As for gran turismo for boys it sounds like a stupid idea because gran turismo is too easy. At least on forza you can increase the difficulty settings if you want.

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

anyone remember the pictures with GT4 on psp before the psp was released?

greasejunky
greasejunky

Gran Turismo is the ulitmate Snooze Fest.. as a long time fan I thought Gran Turismo 4 was starting to feel dated..with Prologue GT feels like a Dinosaur. I don't know how they manage to make speed seem so slow but they do it. Stop knocking Forza..forza may have been inspired by GT but at this point maintains the excitement of driving GT has long forgotten. Maybe the nerds at polyphony will stop picking music for GT and hire someone to creata real soundtrack.

leroys4
leroys4

gt forever woooooooooooooooooooooooooh who

jpfondeur
jpfondeur

ARG! I NEEED a psp version, NOW!!!

white_jaguar
white_jaguar

Wow I never player Forza but I might have to take ur word for it. I Gamespot rates forza real high.

chickenoverlord
chickenoverlord

Unless u can hardly afford to feed yourself you should definitely buy prologue... sure it's very small and therefore obvioulsy repetitive but it's REALLY pretty... I got it last week and love GT5 so far... I'm sure any fan of the series will just about wet themself if they have a good qual HDTV (btw i still think my 360 is better overall than my PS3.. BUT GT5 makes Forza look like crap)

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

Do us all a favour: DON'T BUY THIS SHODDY PIECE OF UNFINISHED SH1T THAT IS GRAN TURISMO 5 PROLOGUE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!! Instead, just buy "Ferrari Challenge". It'll have 16 players online, matching this game, and innovative community features, whatever that means. And a preview at www.gameplayer.com.au has said that the enemy AI seems to be quite the best ever in any racing sims!!! Also it said that the detail like the physics, and even the crash modelling are superb! Wow. And it drives well. Oh, and IT'S ALSO GOT OVER 30 CARS THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FERRARI BRAND! I mean, HOW GOOD IS THAT!? Combine these cars with the realistic details, and you've got pure orgasm !!!111oneonone111!!!! Interesting fact to know: Ferrari Challenge is only gonna come out for the PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, and DS. Not a Xbox 360 version in sights. I think that's because the game would have such huge data space that the latest-generation graphics & other such stuff could only be burned onto the PS3's BD, and not the X360's disc, while the other console versions obviously have inferior graphical power, so that they ain't judged harshly. Maybe it's either that, or the fact that there's already Forza 2 on the X360.

tworkma
tworkma

GT5 is king, BUT, this thing has been delayed endlessly. At what point do you actually have to deliver? Forza has been fun and I have to wonder if the next Forza will be out before GT5. Either way the level of realism will be the best on GT5.

Pun_Laca
Pun_Laca

They can take as much time to get it right as far as I'm concerned. Maybe by the time it comes out, I could finally afford one of them real PS3's...?

Breackneckboy
Breackneckboy

@atomD21 One of those"100 or so boxy compacts"could be your own car! Aren't you interested in driving you own car through London or Daytona? I know I would : )

flip13lolb
flip13lolb

@V-nine people in this world haven't gotten over the fact that chicks can play games I just can't get over the fact that I can lose to an 8 year old in mario kart but it happens

darkride66
darkride66

Autolycus. Here you go. This worried me a bit. I don't know if damage is needed. That'll be a tricky little balancing act. I want Gran Turismo for Grandmas. "You just completed 2 laps with your right turn signal on! You win!" http://ps3.ign.com/articles/864/864142p1.html

V-Nine
V-Nine

..so gran tourismo has gone sexist...........

taj7575
taj7575

omgggggggggg ive been waiting forever for the GT on psp...WTH? and last time i checked, i saw news for GT on PSP sometime during 2006...lets go guys...-.-

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

those saying that there should be less cars, you are wrong. No not everyone will use every single car. But if there is a normal car you like, you might want to try it. If you own that car you might want to see what its like in game, or is a friend has a car in the game and you have one, you could race to see which car is best. the more cars the better, as long as it is released 2nd quater 09, prolouge and updates will keep the GT fans sort of happy.

Autolycus
Autolycus

darkride66 Generic_Dude "I'd like to see some damage modeling... why no questions about that?" You missed that topic a little earlier on. Yamauchi recently stated in another interview that Prologue would receive damage modeling via an update later on in the year. --- I have yet to see that spot, have a source for me? THat would be awesome if they add it, but its going to p'off a LOT of loyal GT players when they go to race online and damage is on. My guess Nov 2009, game will be released.

BlueBirdTS
BlueBirdTS

Gran Turismo for Boys? As opposed to what? Should we start calling GT5 "Gran Turismo for Men". The GT marketing team needs to take an American cultural class desperately, the words "boys" and "girls" have way too many negative connotations and severely limit the demographic. Plus, it's just offensive and elitist. Nintendo realized this after the Gameboy, which is frankly probably the worst name for a handheld. Youth aren't always the stupid idiots they're made out to be.

sniper2k0
sniper2k0

The cure for cancer & aids would have already been found. A colony on Mars would have already been set up. BUT GT for PSP. Still waiting & waiting & waiting & waiting...

atomD21
atomD21

Exactly what I was thinking cheesychips. Has anyone ever tried to use all the cars in a GT game? I'm not being sarcastic, I really want to know. But really, who cares if the NIssan Versa makes it in this game? Personally I play racing games to get behind the wheel of cars I can't drive in real life. I know GT has tons of those too, but including 100 or so boxy compacts that serve no real purpose is just a waste of space.

cheeseychips
cheeseychips

Maybe if they stop trying to add 800 cars, most of which will never be used, the game might get finished.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

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shinchy
shinchy

I could have sworn this GT Portable was announced about 3 years ago.

zoe256
zoe256

...Gran Turismo...'for boys'? Is that not slightly sexist?! Why not 'Gran Turismo for kids'

zekere
zekere

Forza 2 was my previous real Driving Simulator, but GT5 prologue is at my nr 1 spot again . What an incredible game !! One point of critic though . This game has a LOOOONG INSTALLATION for the main game AND online .

MegadethAndy
MegadethAndy

I can't wait for the updates, driving a Ferrari F40 with a G25 wheel is very satisfying for the mean time though.

mysterylobster
mysterylobster

"Regarding damage modeling, I do believe some of the manufacturers do not want their cars to look anything other than pristine." How do you explain Forza then?

ctg867
ctg867

First off, stop knocking GT5 Prologue. It's not a glorified demo, they purposely upped the content for the US release substantially for the skeptics, and you still give them ****. I think the game will be great, and if I have the cash, I'll pick it up. For the future of Prologue, I'd just like to see one or two updates over the 3 or 4 months after it's release, then just move onto the full game. As for the full product, I'd expect that to come around the second half of next year if all goes well. Up the content to an incredible degree, take feedback from Prologue, add in completely new features, etc. Really flesh things out. From there give me a $5-$10 content pack every few months or so that has cars and tracks in it. I REALLY don't want them to do things up in microtransactions, that would really suck. And wow, they actually mentioned Grand Turismo Mobile for PSP. That's a real shocker. Yea, I definitely wasn't expecting it to hit this year. Maybe, if we're really, really lucky, we'll get GT Mobile in the first half of next year. If not, I think we're looking at the first half of 2010, because they wouldn't put it out the same time as GT5. Which sucks, because that's like a 5+ year development cycle, and GT fans have been waiting for ever for that damn game.

AlMar12345
AlMar12345

IGN said damage is confirmed and will be released in an update for GT5P

AlMar12345
AlMar12345

IGN said damage is confirmed and will be released in an update for GT5P

darkride66
darkride66

Generic_Dude "I'd like to see some damage modeling... why no questions about that?" You missed that topic a little earlier on. Yamauchi recently stated in another interview that Prologue would receive damage modeling via an update later on in the year.

Jazzism
Jazzism

I hope the AI is realistic, not like GTR2. I hate it they are made to just stay close to you and never get that far ahead. If I'm driving awesome, I want to smoke them bad, if I'm crashin then I deserve to be left behind. I wish someone would remake Sportscar GT, best racing sim ever.

randy915
randy915

Regarding damage modeling, I do believe some of the manufacturers do not want their cars to look anything other than pristine. Also Polyphony might have to pony up big cash to have the rights to even do it do damage modeling so it's more financial & political than technical challenges.

Tarex
Tarex

One correction, I am still waiting for the PSP version, that will be cool... But sadly, if I had a choise between GT and all we think it will be or Forza and all we hope it will become, I would gamble on the later...

Djungelurban
Djungelurban

They wanna do other things? Motor Toon Grand Prix 3!!! Who's with me?!

NeleNel
NeleNel

Still patiently waiting for GT Portable... Hell yeah for 'launch titles'.

mkg150
mkg150

HAHAHAHAHA too all them people saying it was only a demo did the no about damage going ion the next update NOOOOOOOOOOOO ! dont worry tho its not like you realy want a DEMO is it

schmitboy1990
schmitboy1990

I'm not really bothered about getting GT5 yet as im still waiting for the next PS3 price drop, but I bought my PSP back on the lauch week for GT and have been waiting for GT Mobile all this time. They should really have finished the PSP version first as the PS3 didn't exist back then, but im still happy they might make GT Mobile.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

I'd like to see some damage modeling... why no questions about that? Or if Prologue purchasers would get a discount on the final GT5 product?

tirreg
tirreg

Forget Forza and GT ... if you own a decent PC ... GTR2 is the ONLY driving game there is - the rest are a joke by comparison.

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

anything from GT is unbeatable, he got reasons to be arrogant, I forgive him. His work is the best, I look down on other racing games, sorry. Nice to see GT Moblie is still alive! can't wait! off the EA need for speed BS!

new_orion
new_orion

@Frexie, eventhough forza had damage it was not that realistic and it was running @ 30fps while GT always runs @ 60fps. I 'don't know how it's gonna be but I expect nothing but the most realistic crash engine.

dolfan928
dolfan928

Yay! PSP GT still theoretically exists! And give me a break people, GT is and always will be the best racing sim out there. It didn't have damage in 3+4 because it didn't need it. They're adding damage in after the fact because they've spent their time accurately modeling both the interior and exterior of cars to photo-realistic quality, AND making sure they perform exactly like their real-life counterparts, not just having one car go faster then another. GT5 will hands-down be the greatest racing game ever, and that includes arcade style games like NFS. If you ask me there are currently 4 racing games worth purchasing: GT, GT2, GT3, GT4 and soon you can add GT5P, GT5, and GTPSP. Anything else is a waste of money.

jammakane10
jammakane10

in my opinion, gran turismo is miles ahead of forza. i dont find forza that fun, i think that the only thing it was ahead of GT, even when GT was on ps2, was car damage. and now forza will have nowt going for it