Although it’s not the official name of the next Gran Turismo 7 title, which is in development at Polyphony Digital for the next-gen PlayStation, but if it will be inspired by the previous games in the series, then it makes sense to call Kazunori Yamauchi’s, the head of Polyphony’s next game, as such…
Yamauchi talked with GT Planet about the future of Gran Turismo, one of the iconic exclusive franchises of PlayStation: „But since I started doing the world tours [with Gran Turismo Sport], the players, they’re all young guys but they all bring Gran Turismo 2 or Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec with them – like, how old were you when this game came out!? So I’ve had more opportunity to play them recently, and it’s surprising how much I’ve forgotten! Having done all these World Tours, it gave me the opportunity to feel the history of Gran Turismo. It gives me pointers and hints of the things we should make sure that we do in the future of the series. 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,” Yamauchi said. Gran Turismo 2 came out in late ’99 (or early 2000 in Europe) on the PS1 (we prefer the first game over it, though…), and Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec hit the PS2 on the summer of 2001.
Yamauchi also talked about the next-gen PlayStation: „The first thing that’s going to be affected by more power is VR. 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, and the hardware for it, like display devices even. It’s something where you can never have enough computing power; 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.”
So the new Gran Turismo 7 is already in development for the next-gen PlayStation, and if it does end up following the past, it should get the number 7 in its title.