Developer Polyphony Digital is quite confident in the speed of creating the next-gen game
Gran Turismo 7 will be released for the PlayStation 4 in either 2014 or 2015, according to the boss of franchise developer Polyphony Digital, Kazunori Yamauchi, who revealed that, until then, fans can take pleasure in Gran Turismo 6 for the PS3.Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo franchise impressed tens of millions of fans from around the world with the top-notch simulation mechanics that have been tweaked, alongside visuals and other gameplay elements, with each subsequent iteration.
Now, Gran Turismo 6 is getting ready to debut for the PS3 in December, but Polyphony is already working on Gran Turismo 7 for the PlayStation 4 next-gen console, which, according to designer Kazunori Yamauchi, could appear in the very near future.
"The PlayStation 4 game which we'll likely call GT7 will be done in about a year or two, I think," Yamauchi told Famitsu via Polygon.
While the next-gen edition of the game will take advantage of the PS4's increased power, Yamauchi notes that the PlayStation 3 still offers adequate amount of performance for Gran Turismo 6.
"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," he said. "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."
In regards to Gran Turismo 6, he estimated that Polyphony is about 80% done and will certainly make the December 6 launch date that was revealed earlier this year for the new racing game.
"It's something that I get asked in every interview," he said. "It's really hard to give an accurate answer to that. The basic components are already complete, so overall I'd have to say about 80 percent. The physics engine, the steering controls; those parts of the user interface are things that we fine tune-right up to the very end. Things like the game modes; I can say that those are complete."
Expect more details about Gran Turismo 6 and the next-gen Gran Turismo 7 in the future.