“Gran Turismo 7 is not currently planned” says Kazunori Yamauchi

Chris Stead 2 August 2017

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Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi throws his weight behind Gran Turismo’s new Sport lineage.

For two decades, the Gran Turismo series has forged a rock solid reputation as the best racing simulator out there. It’s done so by putting quality ahead of regularity, with fans sometimes waiting up to six years for a new entry in the core series. But as soon as you get behind the wheel, and realise the scope of the available modes and experiences, there’s no looking back.

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The next entry, Gran Turismo Sport (coming to PlayStation 4), takes a slightly different tack. In the pursuit of the highest possible level of quality (in regards to visuals, audio and physics), the numbers of cars and circuits have been greatly reduced. In addition, while all of the series’ recognised modes are in place, a new Sport Mode takes the series fully down the path to eSports. Not only does international glory await the best drivers, but even an opportunity to get a real world, FIA ratified racing license.

I have just returned from a studio tour of Polyphony Digital, where I enjoyed a full day playing Gran Turismo Sport and chatting with the studio’s CEO, Kazunori Yamauchi. For a more detailed analysis, read my hands-on report.

Gran Turismo Sport is something that marks the beginning of a new generation or era.

Over the years, Gran Turismo series has been known to dabble in the odd spin-off. There were Prologue games for both Gran Turismo 4 and 5, three Gran Turismo Concept releases in 2002, a PSP game and more. Initially, this was what Gran Turismo Sport was thought to be. A spin-off to the series that could hold up on its own as a Gran Turismo game, but was more an outlet to focus on both eSports and VR. Surely, Gran Turismo 7 would come in the future.

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Kazunori Yamauchi has, however, suggested otherwise. In mid-2016, he revealed that he considered Gran Turismo 1 through 6 to be the first generation of the series and that Gran Turismo Sport was the beginning of a second generation. “Gran Turismo Sport is something that marks the beginning of a new generation or era,” he said at the time.

Gran Turismo 7 is not currently planned.

Seeking a confirmation that his intention was to continue with the Sport lineage moving forward, I asked Yamauchi what his thoughts were around ever creating a Gran Turismo 7 and if any work had begun. This was his reply:

“Gran Turismo 7 is not currently planned. All our studios are focused on Gran Turismo Sport and, once it is out, the DLC that follows afterwards.”

On the back of previous comments made by Yamauchi about a new era for the series, and my previous reveal that Gran Turismo Sport is being made to work on the next generation of consoles, this latest statement does suggest an end to the main lineage. Later in our conversation, Yamauchi revealed how honoured he was by the interest shown in Gran Turismo by the FIA and how that changed the whole trajectory of Gran Turismo Sport to focus on its competitive mode.

Given how important the new FIA partnership is to Yamauchi and the continued growth of eSports into the future, don’t expect another 1,000 car, 100 track powered Gran Turismo 7.

The next game in the series will be Gran Turismo Sport 2.

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