Even though the developers of Gran Turismo Sport have not given very much information at the annual gaming conventions, the president of Polyphony Digital, Kazunori Yamauchi, has revealed some interesting aspects on their new upcoming game in a series of interviews.
First and foremost, we have found out that the company is planning on hiring real life Formula 1 coaches to train the best players of the GT academy, probably only the ones that will be able to advance to the finals. This all makes sense, as Polyphony Digital have worked with many known people involved in motorsports in the past, Adrien Newey to name just one. When GT Sport was announced, the developers stated they are planning to kill two birds with one stone, by making the game more appealing to the masses, while also getting heavily involved on the eSports side. Many thought these two aspects would most definitely colide with one another, but Mr. Yamauchi believes that even the novices will develop their skills overtime, while also having fun in the process. They say anyone can be entertained for hours in front of the screen and improve as a simulation racing driver, as the game is recommended for people between the ages of 7 and 77.
Kazunori Yamauchi’s translated words were:
“The offline contents of GT Sport are very ample and complicated. Sport Mode is a small part of the game, but not all. The traditional pleasure of the GT series is still there, old fans can enjoy the game as usual.”
The hardcore simulation fans that are lucky enough to own both a PlayStation and an Xbox, or those who don’t own any and are thinking of buying one will probably favor GT Sport over its rival, Forza Horizon, as the latter will be solely based on open roads and, even though the graphics are top of the line, feels more like a NFS or a Test Drive Unlimited game.
The other aspect that has been revealed about the upcoming GT Sport game is the fact that there will be fewer tracks and locations than in previous installments of the series. While that might be a disappointing factor to many people, the other (good) news is probably more important. That is the fact that the car count will be drastically increased. The Gran Turismo creator says:
“In the end, there will be around 400 to 500 cars and all cars have been re-modeled, and there won’t be any standard cars.”
Now, some of those cars may come as DLC or rewards, but there will certainly be a huge number of cars anyway in the standard version of the game. After all, isn’t that what all racing enthusiasts wants? more cars?