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Two days ago at the Sony press conference they talked about the Gran Turismo movie. I'm wondering what your involvement with that project is.
The only part that I can actually have a say in is the plot of the movie. I received a request for making a movie from Hollywood around seven years ago, and I turned them down every time until now. All those movies were just car action movies. The reason I okayed it this time around was because what they wanted to do wasn't just a car action movie, it was more of a human drama and the growth of a young man.
Is that an area you'd like to explore in a video game in the future, more of the human element?
Of course. But I don't think it will be a certain game mode or anything like that. For example, GT Academy is a device that kind of generates human drama. In GT 6, we'd like to explore more possibilities like that.
Do you have examples of how you'd like to do that?
In GT6 we're going to start online championships, and some of those will be official championships and some of those will be the championships organized by community managers. That really is a sport, and in sports there is always drama.
So you want the drama to be natural but you don't have any interest in telling a story from a directorial point of view?
I'm curious how much you've played with the PS4 hardware and what you're most looking forward to when you eventually work on that system?
I think the Playstation 4 is going to raise the quality of the applications on all levels, lift it all up. Compared to the PS3, the PS4 uses a more generic CPU that anybody can draw out the performance for. The PS3, on the other hand, has very high peaks on just some of the elements and it is hardware that is more difficult to handle. It's fun to wrestle with that and try and get it to put out that performance. Once we start work on Gran Turismo for the PS4, perhaps it will be GT7. At that point, I guess we'll start to look of the peak performance for the PS4.
Do you have any interest in working on a genre outside of racing when you work on the PS4? Maybe a smaller project in some other field?
Right now creating Gran Turismo is taking all my effort and I'm actually having fun doing it, so I haven't put any thought on working on anything else.
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Yeah. I can't imagine this series getting any prettier, but I'm sure they'll figure out how to maximize the PS4.
Ben "Big Poop" Hanson.
When will Polphony make a Omega Boost sequel!?! WHY MUST THEY TORTURE ME! There's probably someone out there waiting for Motor Toon Grand Prix 3 as well. Stop ignoring us, Yamauchi!
good to know he's still focussed on the franchise
*sigh* After GT5 I had to retire from this franchise, I've been playing this franchise since the beginning WAAAAAY back in 97', but I find I just don't have the time needed to invest in these GT games anymore. Especially the time needed to get the best out of them. ......I would love to see them bring back Tourist Trophy, show us bikers some love again!
Oh boy! The same damage model!
I can't wait to watch the tires smoke out to red in 2 laps no matter how conservatively I drive!
I've been out of the GT world since GT3. Will there be any different racing styles like Forza? i.e. Drifting, autocross...etc?