The 2016 edition of Gamescom is right on our doorstep, and all the producers and developers are battling to come up with something new and spectacular in order to attract their fan base and lure in new gamers. As you might expect, Polyphony Digital, the developers of Gran Turismo Sport, will be there to give the virtual racing community a taste of their new upcoming game. They are prepared to uncover a video, some kind of documentary presenting Kazunori Yamauchi’s (the game’s creator and lead developer) experience while racing earlier this year at the Nurburgring 24 hour race. This film might not be very related, at least directly, to the game itself, and we’re sure that’s how it will seam to an usual gamer, one that doesn’t spend most of his free time tuning his virtual car and relentlessly trying to improve his lap times on one track or another. The online racing community is probably very hyped about this event and can’t wait to see what Polyphony Digital will show to the public. The video is called “Made from reality” and wants to show how real life influences making a video game.
Yamauchi went behind the wheel of a BMW M6 GT3, entered in the race by a team called Walkenhorst. He wanted to get a personal feel for the track, as nighttime driving has never been featured in any of the Gran Turismo games so far, GT Sport will be the first. He picked a hell of a track to go racing for his first encounter with the night. The Nordschleife is the longest, most difficult and most dangerous racing circuit on the planet. During the course of the year, it’s open to the wide public and any adventurer can drive his own car around the track. A number of daredevils lose their lives each year there, even though the course is far more safer than it back in the days when Formula 1 drivers died there one after another, flying into the trees as there were no barriers to keep them.
Kazunori Yamauchi says the Walkenhorst BMW M6 GT3 he drove in the race, sponsored by Polyphony Digital and Gran Turismo of course, was the car that had the most sensors attached. All the teams gather telemetry stats during any given race, but Yamauchi and his team wanted to get as much info out of the race as possible, in order to transfer as much of that knowledge as they can into Gran Turismo Sport. In the video, you can also hear the team staff’s and his 3 co-drivers’ opinions on gaming, the car the raced in, or racing in general.
In addition to this film, and tons of racing info that GT fans can check out at the Polyphony Digital stand at Gamescom 2016, the developers will also give people a chance to go through the Karrusell, one of the Nurburgring’s most difficult corners, in a racing simulator. If you are a racing fan or a simulation fanatic and you needed a reason to go to this event, now you have it.