Kazunori Yamauchi reaffirmed that Gran Turismo 7 would be the main sequel title along the lines of previous games in the series.
The head of the Polyphony Digital studio spoke with journalist Toshifumi Watanabe for Octane Japan. One of the questions asked by Watanabe referred to the identity of Gran Turismo and its future. Although Yamauchi did not comment on what will come, he made special mention of Japanese auto culture’s influence on the original Gran Turismo and how it worked as a purpose behind the series.
“I myself grew up as a car enthusiast surrounded by the influence of Japanese automobile manufacturers and the transmission of automobile media,” comments Yamauchi, “and that is also the driving force behind my production. Although the title has been played worldwide, I have never forgotten that it originated in Japan, and now I feel the responsibility and mission of inheriting the Japanese automobile culture.”
Interestingly, Yamauchi recognizes that fans don’t always follow how Gran Turismo games change from generation to generation. This applies particularly to Gran Turismo Sport and its move to eSports. “It may have seemed quite strange to some people!” he commented and noted that support for the game grew differently from previous titles, gaining momentum later in his life.
So eSports Mode, as we saw in the Gran Turismo 7 trailer last July, still has an important role to play, but the game will be nostalgic for those who have played the previous titles.
“While inheriting elements such as the [FIA] championship realized in Sport, Gran Turismo 7 will return to the royal purpose of full volumes like [Gran Turismo] 1-4, and provide the best Gran Turismo experience at present,” says Yamauchi.