Yamauchi Wants To Move Beyond Racing Titles

by Jeff Marchiafava on Nov 23, 2010 at 06:17 AM

Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi has become synonymous Gran Turismo, having been producer on all five installments of the revered driving series. But if Yamauchi has his way, that may change. In a recent interview, the developer expressed his desire to try something new.

Speaking with Now Gamer, Yamauchi responded to a question regarding branching out into other genres by saying, "...I will say that there are no plans, though I certainly have ideas for new games all the time. Every day. I really, really would love to try making some other type of game.


Yamauchi expanded on his feelings when asked if Gran Turismo had become his life. "...That might be the case, yes. Even now, that might be the case. Gran Turismo might just have become my life [laughs]. Making Gran Turismo is a lot of fun, really, though maybe I've missed out on a lot of things by working so hard on Gran Turismo.


In light of the franchise's success, we can understand why Sony might be reluctant to see Yamauchi move away from the GT series to work on something new. However, given Gran Turismo's scope and impeccable gameplay, we'd love to see what Yamauchi could do to revolutionize other genres as well. What do you think? Should Yamauchi move on and try something new, or continue giving fans more Gran Turismo?