Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuehei Yoshida said to VG247 that news on the next Gran Turismo titles is coming soon. When the game will release is a completely different matter entirely.
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Gran Turismo 5 released for PlayStation 3 after a drawn-out development cycle. However, developers of the legendary racing series Polyphony said information on the next entry in the series could happen soon.
Kazunori Yamuchai, Polyphon’s lead on the series, has confirmed Gran Turismo 6 is in development but is wary of sharing a release date. Yoshida said in the interview, because Yamuchai has begun talking about the next Gran Turismo, expect additional information soon.
Of course we have no idea when the title is releasing. It probably isn’t going to be this generation — I’d imagine Sony would like Gran Turismo as a launch title – and Yamuchai confirmed development back in 2010. So we’re looking at between 2 and 4 years of development. Even with 4 years of development complete, launching Gran Turismo in 2013 is going to be undermined by the announcement of the PlayStation 4. Probably.
It’s interesting to see how the big-budget racers are developing. The battle between Sony and Microsoft is between Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport, respectively. Forza is moving towards the arcade scene with Forza Horizon; I’d imagine Gran Turismo will very much stay to its roots with a traditional racing simulator.
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Regarding Forza moving towards the arcade crowd, the jury is out. Forza pushed Gran Turismo all the way, and is possibly the leading racing simulator of this generation. Why do I want to play a dumbed down, arcade version in the series? There’s Need for Speed for that, and Most Wanted looks great. I understand Forza Motorsport 4 reached critical mass, at least until next-generation technology is available, and therefore a side entry in the franchise is needed. But what audience is it appealing to?
We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the full interview VG247 is publishing tomorrow, when there could be news on Gran Turismo’s latest entry, and the soon-to-be-revealed information. Perhaps at Gamescom. Gamescom is running August 15-19, in Cologne.