Yamauchi Talks Gran Turismo 5

We get the latest on the upcoming PS3 racer straight from the HQ of Polyphony Digital.

Kazunori Yamauchi is more than just a game developer.

You don't have to travel far in the Polyphony Digital offices to find accolades. The home of the Gran Turismo developer is chock-full of platinum sales awards, excellence awards, and trophies galore. Yet there's one award that might just outshine all of the rest, at least for GT series creator Kazunori Yamauchi--a best-in-class trophy he won while driving a four-hour race at Germany's Nurburgring in August. Yamauchi won the race driving a Lexus IS-F and set fastest lap among the three drivers that drove for his team (an impressive 10 minutes, 9 seconds).

Along with that real-world racing result, Yamauchi's day job--Gran Turismo 5 continues to creep closer to its own finish line. The game now has a release window--March 2010 in Japan--and, according to Yamauchi, that release for the rest of the world won't be too much different from the Japanese release.

"I don't think it's going to be that much later in the US and Europe," Yamauchi said during a press presentation on Gran Turismo PSP and Gran Turismo 5 from the Polyphony Digital offices on Saturday. "This is based on our production schedule. The reason why the dates for the US and [European] regions are not decided yet is because their marketing is still discussing their issues. It shouldn't be too far off from [the Japanese] date for the other regions as well."

Yamauchi gave a brief overview of what to expect from GT5 during the presentation, including a rundown on the numbers that fans can expect from the game: more than 950 cars, 20 locations, and 70 variations of tracks from which to choose. Yamauchi said the team at Polyphony Digital has been working on several different areas of late, including a new physics engine and damage, as well as adding moveable objects on the track (such as destructible tire walls on the Tokyo Route 246 track, playable on the show floor of TGS 2009). The team has also been working on the inclusion of hybrid and electrical vehicles into the ever-growing roster of cars.

Gran Turismo 5 in action.

Referring to damage specifically, Yamauchi mentioned some details about how damage will work in the game. There will be two types of damage, depending on the car you're driving. For regular production model cars, you'll be able scuff the paint job, as well as deform specific areas of the cars. For race model cars, like WRC and NASCAR models, damage will be extended to include parts falling off the car during particularly violent shunts.

Sony's Gran Turismo PSP, which is due for release this week, will have a connection with GT5; players will be able to move the cars they've collected from the PSP game to their garage in GT5. This is a good thing, considering the ease in which money and cars are available to players in the PSP game (Yamauchi estimates that the car acquisition rate in the PSP game is about 10 times as fast as in GT5). According to Yamauchi, players won't be able to move their credits from one version to the next.

Yamauchi also went over the modes in the GT5, and it's looking similar to what GT fans have come to expect from the series. As in previous games, the game will be split into Arcade and GT mode. In Arcade mode, you'll have a couple of different options--single-player race and split-screen two-player race. GT mode is where the majority of the players will spend their time. Players will have a world map to navigate around, their own garage to house their car collection, and dealerships and tuning shops to buy cars and parts. They'll also have championship race events and the ubiquitous license tests. The tuning shop will be more than just internal parts--there will also be external bits like bumpers, sidesteps, rear wings, and more.

Gran Turismo 5 will have an online presence, but it won't be quite as ambitious as originally planned...at least not yet. When GT5 ships, it will include online features, such as lobbies to set up races, text/voice chat, and private rooms, as well as places to share your photos and replays online (and even the ability to automatically upload your replays to YouTube). However, the plans outlined by Yamauchi back in 2006 for a marketplace that would let players download cars, tracks, and parts won't be part of the game at launch.

"It's a definite possibility of something we might do [in the future], but at the release of GT5, I don't think we'll have that functionality where you can buy single components for your car."

Elsewhere in the game, expect some new Photo mode enhancements, as well as a new and improved Gran Turismo TV with a new user interface, progressive downloading, and the ability to export videos to your PSP for later viewing. After the presentation, Yamauchi showed off a new trailer for the game that featured, among other things, peeks at some of the new courses that will be part of the game--including a quick look at the familiar tower from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which appears to be set for GT5.

More GT5 action.

Finally, what about the decision to include hybrid and EV cars, which--when compared to the high-end Mercedes models, Ferrari's, and souped-up imports--will likely feel a bit underwhelming? Yamauchi said the decision has more to do with Polyphony's interest in technology rather than the performance of the cars themselves.

"I tried driving EV cars and hybrids as they've been released, and I've found that they're actually fun to drive...[doing things like] monitoring the battery while you're on the road is actually kind of interesting," Yamauchi said. "And honestly, we have this curiosity for new technology. When a new technology is released into the world, we're interested in trying to [learn] about that system and trying it out." Afterword, I joked at the possibility of the inclusion resulting in Prius-based race series in the real world.

"No joke," Yamauchi said, "I think things like that will happen."

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tyber78
tyber78

i think im going to buy it when its realeased.

zac32
zac32

The wait is overated :)

ChidoriBoyU
ChidoriBoyU

IGN gave forza 3 9.4 and they said it's the best racing game in this generation GT5 really needs to be great to compete

143C5
143C5

can't wait for this too bad I don't have a PS3

soldiersaint
soldiersaint

What bothers me is that since beginning development, years ago, so many other great racing games have been released and the technology has changed as well. One thing is for sure, it's a long wait, too long. An entire generation of gamers has come and gone while waiting for this title. I think that because of this and the competition offered by Forza 3, it will be difficult for Sony to justify such a long wait when it is finally released. This whole thing seems geared towards disappointment, and wreaks of "Alone in the dark" syndrome. Hope I'm wrong though... Marketing is such bs too. Economic downturn is the reason they didn't sell a year ago obviously. Had to wait. Marketing. And they SHOULD get well paid for such a polished product. There is too much unfinished games on shelves nowadays. It's an unfortunate scenario for those of us so loyal to the series.

Gearfofo
Gearfofo

For some reason playing need for speed shift left me wanting for more (i'm not saying it's a bad game, because it isn't), but i think GT5 will satisfy my needs :)

alex-hi
alex-hi

@ forest4: Are you blind!!!

forest4
forest4

I have good advice to any newcomer to gaming who does not know whether to buy an XB360 or PS3, and who has a PS2 already. Buy GT3: A-Spec and GT4 for the PS2, and buy an XB360 with Forza Mororsport 3. GT3: A-Spec is seriously a gorgeous game. If you put it side by side with GT5, I bet you will thank me for saving you $700: GT3 and GT5 look almost the same. And, you can bet that they play the same, except for one or two minor, minor differences.

h3rb
h3rb

hahaha... Prius races.. :|

blaze_adeel
blaze_adeel

this makes me wish we had a time machine !!

t-lee123
t-lee123

hs said he would impliment car downloads, but that was when he said there would be much fewer carsthan gt4. so thats okay

sniper2k0
sniper2k0

Top on my list of must buy games. Awesome graphics

jerome25
jerome25

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unleashed_dw
unleashed_dw

This game is a must buy for any car enthusiast with a PS3 or planning to get one. I am definitely getting this game at launch. Will the Lamborghini Reventon will be in GT5? It would be disappointing if such an amazing car is not in the final game. But it is a relatively new car so I can't really complain. I just hope the AI is more challenging this time around and more human like. Amazing visuals!!!

shemau
shemau

An interesting debate. How long have been made to wait for GT Mobile? How much longer will we have to wait for GT 5? GT5 was supposed to be Sonys answer to Forza 2. Will it beat it? From a players perspective, sure, three years playing by May 2010... GT5 maybe 3 months? From a company bottom line, sure, sales mean some return on investment for Microsoft, not so much for a half price demo version for Sony. My point is, if it has to be a 5 year+ development cycle, then that should be made clear from the start. GT 6 already running, looks stunning, expecting to start shipping in 2015.

xxx_rinad
xxx_rinad

OFF TOPIC i wounder i will Gt5 have EM1 or Ej6 Coupe??? :)

Microwin
Microwin

Honestly, the "realism" you people talk of, such as damage, engine overheating??, weather, day cycle, and a whole bunch of other crap, is NOT the reason why I would want to buy a game. Matter of fact, I was a much better fan of Gran Turismo 2 than I've been of 3 and 4. The only thing I liked about 3 and 4 is obviously the graphics and pretty much that at least this time around the cars handled better. All that other crap they inserted afterwards, such as oil change, gas, EVERY race wastes tire tread (I mean c'mon, there are ONLY 3 laps and the tires get wasted so damn quick, it was fine in GT2 since it was only for Endurance races, but now is for EVERY race? really annoying) When I'm playing the game, I'm just looking to race against someone, not checking to see why the transmission won't switch to 2nd gear, or why my headlights are out, if it's the wiring or do I have to change a bulb? See my point? Ridiculous. I play video games to ESCAPE REALISM, not to be dragged into one! What's next, do I have to make insurance payments too? Is my driver going to die because I crashed at 120mph?? If they go back to how it was in GT2, plus they would AT LEAST give cars the chance to modify body and vinyls, so not every car would look alike when competing with other players, then I wouldn't care for anything else than that. Yep, say what you say, but GT2 is a classic and it should've stayed that way.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

GT5 will be awesome. and a definite must buy for me. =D

mcr35353
mcr35353

before i even start - i have a 360 not a ps3, and although i am psyched about getting my hands on forza 3, gt5 does look amazing! if anything was going to make me get a ps3, this is easily it! can't help but notice people's comments about XBL/PSN. what IS the problem? you have a console, settle with what you have. yes, although i do sorta wish XBL was free like PSN, but honestly, i'm happy to spend the ~£40 on the online. i think its solid, well maintained, & there's lots of nice new features arriving, ie: 1vs100 over this summer (fingers crossed it comes back!), facebook + twitter + sky and all that. sure, you can argue there are more players possible on PSN, but take a look which games they are. what's that? PS3 exclusives? if game companies felt the number of players was pivotal, they would probably have more online players on ps3 per game. i can't say obviously what the PS3 connection is like, but 60 players sounds awesome but worryingly high if people have a dodgy connection... as to gt5 beating forza 2!!!! my word. how THICK are some of you. forza came out 2 years ago didn't it? of course gt5 will be better. it's how the damn industry works! when COD2 came out on 360, i was blown away. now with cod:mw2, there's no comparison. it's exactly the same here. and quite honestly, with forza 3 having much less time overall put into it than gt5 has, i think its mightily impressive. that said, anyone getting gt5 when it (eventually) comes out, enjoy!

Toney29
Toney29

Does anyone know if the Gumpert Apollo Sport or Speed is included in this game? I'm really happy that we will finally get to play this game. About time.

Raad78
Raad78

The game itself is already a hell of an impressive package to buy. But I am a bit, but just a bit disapointed that GT5 won't have, inittially, full weather effects and dynamic light and day cycles on longer races. For a game and a company that praises for high realism it is a bit of a let down for fans not to have it in this gen. Another important missing aspect of a racing game is the in game engine behavior. Will it overheat? Does it change its efficiency during a race? Formula 1 for PS3 had all this and more, such as flat tires during a race. Sure these are details compared to the greatness of GT5, nonetheless though, I still would love to play a GT game with all these features and with an inproved AI. Don't get me wrong the game is great anyway (I am just looking for perfection).

denicola_a_god
denicola_a_god

woww sick graphicus gunna be a system seller no disrespect to forza also very good series

warrner11
warrner11

man i nearly geeked out when i saw the black car up there^

razorfett147
razorfett147

Love the FM3 vs GT5 debates. Like arguing a court case when you've never set foot inside of a law class. Neither of these games are available yet. Both have playable demos out, that's it. Anyone who can sit there and say one game will dominate all is just lying to themselves. These two game will both bring the goods. But like previous installments....they'll each cater to their own respective audiences. The only ppl who need debate the merits of both games are those who own both a 360 and a PS3. The rest of us just need to shut it because we'll be limiting ourselves to one choice anyways.

MotoRacer81
MotoRacer81

Truth be told, Forza 3 got nothing on GT5, and this is coming from a guy who mostly uses his XBOX 360 for gaming. I have not bought anything on the PS3 in the past year, but when this game comes out, it's all over 360, we had a good run!

edub272
edub272

This game looks amazing. DiRT 2 till then

gtracer65
gtracer65

@RageSet sorry, no dream cars, but at least there's RUF to replace the sad fact. But I will not buy a 360. how much would you bet that it would fail on me before I get a GAME! GT4 is still cool, GT PSP will be my replacement until this is out. But gt5 will kill both of them in a single hit!

RageSet
RageSet

I normally play my Xbox 360 more than my PS3, but when this game is released, I will officially stop using my Xbox 360 until I complete this game. I am a HUGE racing nut and even though I've enjoyed the Forza series, GT has always been the game series for Gearheads. Hopefully, GT will have one of my dream cars from my favorite car maker...the Porsche GT2 or better yet, the Carrera GT/1!!!

kadoost
kadoost

Used to own Gran Turismo 2 and 3 and loved 'em!! Currently own Forza 2 and waiting for Forza 3. I can't wait to see what GT 5 has to offer. 950 cars, makes me wonder about the quantity vs. quality issue. I have faith in Grab Turismo to pull off something jaw-dropping like in the previous titles. By the way, where can I watch the GT 5 video?

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

Yamauchi seems like a great person. I like how he's honest, I feel like he's giving me the truth of what will and won't be in the game. And that's kind've refreshing.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

capnatura use www.googlefight.com much better

MTMind2
MTMind2

GT5 sounds great so far, and the lighting is fabulous (although I'm more excited about the head tracking feature), but I must admit to being a little disappointed at the damage itself, since I get the impression there's no option for damage to effect performance, it's simply two levels of cosmetic damage. Or have I missed something?

MTMind2
MTMind2

@JackTheReaper who said "In my opinion, a lot of Xbox owners had to re-buy their console, so, how meaningful sales numbers are right now to see who the winner is?". Er, but wasn't that was the same thing said last gen about the PS2? Where some claimed "Well the PS2 only sold so much because gamers had to re-buy the console many times after they got the dreaded 'DRE' problem" :-). The fact is, a sale is a sale is a sale, and so it's no point trying to re-interpret the figures to claim otherwise. Hence if the 360 really has sold 28m compared to 22m PS3s (or 32.1m vs 24.55m I've seen elsewhere), then those are the current sales.

LiquidSifu80
LiquidSifu80

@JackTheReaper The meaningfulness of sales figures is always arbitrary, as is profit. I mean, which console is the winner: a. The console with the most units sold b. The console with the largest installed base c. The console with the highest profit d. The console that sells the most games e. The console with the largest game-library And then. Does the reason of buying a console matter? There are many people who buy the PS3 for the blu-ray or because it looks nice in a fancy household. Does that qualify as a win for the (other) owners of the console or for the company selling it? It still amazes me that most people fail to see the futility of their attempts to convince everybody else that they have the best console. " I'll post my advice again: "Buy all consoles and you'll have the most fun!

LiquidSifu80
LiquidSifu80

@fishyboy11 "Otherwise it would be the Wii as that on-line is soo easy to use , sadly its made for kids and old people" And still, every time I play on-line. I get my hiney kicked by some snot-nosed punk :-) "numbers of players don't matter, its the overall on-line experience that counts surely?" Indeed! And I also agree that making an objective assessment of the differences between the systems is only possible if you own all of them. Somehow people seem to miss that. FYI: I will get GT5. It has to be really good. I really wonder which game will take the most of my time GT5 or Forza3.

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

This game is going to be so damn HUGE!!!!!

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

This game is going to be so damn HUGE!!!!!

Ev-the-Nev
Ev-the-Nev

Btw, pit stops look awesome in the new video! =)

Ev-the-Nev
Ev-the-Nev

Cant wait, id give my small toe, possibly both of them to have this game right now!... Man i hope we dont have to wait 3 years into the PS4's life for GT6! o_O

tomerkal
tomerkal

I know it didn't come out yet, but it's still the best game in the entire world! (until GT6 comes out (if it is)

Delston
Delston

This game continues to amaze me...can't wait...but on a side note, how could this game not have spent it's budget being this long in the making? I can't believe they think they'll be able to get a good ROI on this game...nevertheless, tread on