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Polyphony's Yamauchi: Gran Turismo 6 Is "About 80 Percent Done"

Posted by Damien McFerran

Remember, it's supposed to be out in December

Gran Turismo 6 producer Kazunori Yamauchi has revealed to Famitsu that the PS3 racer is "80 percent" complete, despite the impending December 6th launch date.

Yamauchi said:

The basic components are already complete, so overall I'd have to say about 80 per cent. 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.

Polyphony may be leaving it late with the PS3 swansong, but Yamauchi insists that Gran Turismo 7 — the proposed PS4 debut for the series — will be ready sooner than you might expect:

The PlayStation 4 game which we'll likely call GT7 will be done in about a year or two, I think.

Given that the company is developing both titles close together, you might assume that Yamauchi and his team were more interested in the next-gen tech. However, he claims that isn't the case:

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. 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.

Do you think Yamauchi's admission that the game is only 80 percent done with just a few months left until release should give cause for concern? Polyphony has a track record of missing release dates, after all. Share your feelings below.


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3Above said:

Uh, yeah. Given how long GT5 ended up being delayed after announcement.



charlesnarles said:

Yeah, I'll believe 7 is coming soon when I see it. Oh well, absence makes the heart grow fonder. And I'm already pretty fond of GT



Scollurio said:

I just hope they don't rush anything or even worse, DON'T rush and it still is not finished (GT5). Still I'd prefer GT on PS4 obviously!



heero2001 said:

Actually that's what happened with Drive Club and that game is looking amazing now.



Visiblemode said:

I have such a mixed bag of emotions toward this series. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. I won't play it for ages, then play it constantly for weeks on end. I have no clue what my deal is. Do I want 6? Even I don't know.



astarisborn94 said:

80% and only a few months left? After seeing Gran Turismo 5 be delayed for so infamously long and then have so many features missing at launch, I fear that the same will happen with this game.



fishwilson said:

"but in terms of CPU performance, the PS3's Cell chip, while difficult to handle, is really capable". What is it that he's really saying? That the ps3 still have some juice to offer those who are capable and that there should still be life left in that old dog? Seems like it took more than 7 years for the devs to really handle the ps3's cell architecture, and look at the games we have been getting in what is presumably the ps3's last year: The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, GTA V, FFXII: Lightning Returns and GT 6. Thats a pretty strong line up for any console and I have to wonder how many years it will take for the PS4 to reach these heights...Makes me a little bit sad that this is the end of the line for number 3.

But of course I'm also really looking forward to the PS4 launch, and as its supposed to be easier to program for, a lot of great game experiences in the next couple of years.

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