It’s a great time to be a racing game fan. It doesn’t matter who you’ve sworn a blood-oath to, as big names, brands and smaller companies have all manner of racing games on the way. Gran Turismo is one such game which is driving into sequel territory soon. And a further next-gen follow-up isn’t too far away either.
Speaking to Famitsu and translated by Polygon, Gran Turismo 6 producer Kazunori Yamauchi said that since that current-gen game was around 80% complete, Gran Turismo 7 wouldn’t be too far off.
“The PlayStation 4 game which we’ll likely call GT7 will be done in about a year or two, I think, and I think the community aspect’s going to be vital there as well,” Yamauchi said. But it’s not the extra graphical grunt of the PS4 that excites Yamauchi for the next GT game. It’s the potential for better online play that is so enticing:
The PlayStation 4?s large memory size is a unique trait but in terms of CPU performance, the PS3?s Cell chip, while difficult to handle, is really capable. They both have different advantages. Besides, I think the online community aspect, one of the most fun parts of GT, doesn’t have anything to do with the platform.
A two year gap between GT games is pretty much…unheard of. The franchise is no stranger to delays and release gaps being moved up. And if GT8 does arrive on time, it’ll most likely be because several assets have been recycled.
It’ll also be interesting to see how the game stacks up to the long-term plans of Drive Club, that other Sony property which will boast free to play characteristics. Until then though, we’ll just have to wait until December 6 for Gran Turismo 6.