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Gran Turismo 7 is coming in 2014

Creator of legendary racing sim tells TG new game is in the works. Plus, how he scared Stig…


GT6 has barely launched, but already the masterminds behind the legendary racing simulator are working on the next one. Yes folks, word is Gran Turismo 7 will land next year.

Fingers crossed, anyway. At this year's Los Angeles Motor Show, was snooping around the evil, gorgeous, and really quite evil looking AMG Vision Gran Turismo, when who else should pop up than Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi.

Resisting the temptation to challenge him on the game itself, he told us how the PlayStation 3's hardware was pushed to the very limit while making GT6, but that the next console, the PS4, should make everything easier for the seventh instalment.

"We don't want to take too long on Gran Turismo 7," Kazunori told us. "Best-case scenario? Next year. In GT6 we really had to tune the software 100 per cent to maximise the PS3's architecture, but of course the PS4's hardware is much better, so I think the overall quality of the game across the board will be boosted when you come to play it".

So what about Forza? Is Kazunori and his team concerned about his chief rival? "We always respect our competition," he says. "The racing genre isn't really that big in its entirety, so I'm glad that everyone works hard to boost the genre as a whole."

The man knows his games, clearly - so much so he practices every day on Gran Turismo 6 with a three-screen setup. Largely to help him do his other job: racing in the VLN. "We've set up my car on GT6 exactly the same as the car we take to the Nürburgring [a Lexus IS-F]; suspension, aero, even the rear wing angles." This is expert level geekery in action, though it comes with good reason: Kazunori's actually quite terrified of the ‘Ring.

"It's such a dangerous track, I get scared every time I race around it. Cars crash and burst into flames, launch into the air, it happens all the time. It's more of an adventure than a race sometimes."

He's even had his own adventure too; one that draws a painful parallel. "In the VLN once I crashed on the same corner that Niki Lauda crashed on all those years ago. We had three cars lined up next to each other, going in at around 220km/h (137mph), and the cars just hit each other. I swung off into a wall." Luckily, Kazunori was OK, but his IS-F, erm, wasn't.

Not that this has stopped his bravado, mind. More humble a man you will never meet, but when we talk Stig, his face lights up. "I sat next to Stig on track once. He spoke to me in morse code, I think. He's very good, I like the way he drives. He drives more like a street racer than a track racer, the way he controls the car, letting it slide. I like his style.

"But I think he was more nervous that I was in the car with him."

Come on Kazunori-san. Only ducks terrify the Stig.



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...why? Isn't that what Driveclub is for?

Isn't it too soon to release? The sixth game isn't out yet...

"I've Underestimated the Horse Power from Mario Kart 8, I'll Never Doubt the WiiU's Engine Again"

I'm glad he says that they want to release it earlier, but 2014? Come on!

“It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grams a week. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grams a week. Was it possible that they could swallow that, after only twenty-four hours? Yes, they swallowed it.”

- George Orwell, ‘1984’

So lets say this is true, GT7 releasing Dec2014: ANNUAL SERIES CONFIRMED! oh the horror

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Gt7:p im sure

Won't happen. Yamauchi and his crew are way too meticulous to release another game only one year after GT6. And, I hope they don't release GT7 in 2014 at any rate, I'd rather spend twice, or even three times as long waiting for a fantastic game rather than getting a medicore or shitty one every year like so many other series today.

Is that why GT6 has a late December 6 launch?

He said best case scenario. Not confirmed. Also, it might be a Prologue.

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Awesome news! 2014 is gong to be incredible for racing fans