Gran Turismo creator and Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi spoke with IGN at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) industry trade show to find out the latest details of GT 5 and its DLC.
Yamauchi recalls that GT5 has had about 15 updates, which he said have set up the basic platform for the system. He shares, “Now that we have that out of the way, we’re ready to release more expansions and content to add to the game. I think that will include cars and trucks (most likely meant tracks) that we’ll be releasing maybe once every two months or so from here on out.”
As for what Polyphony will do from now on, he says it is really dependent on the reaction of the users to this first Spec 2.0 DLC that was just released. “Now we have the feedback from our customers and we’ll see how that will affect what we will do from here.”
The feedback from users is what apparently brought the simplified cockpit view for all the cars in the game in the Spec 2.0 update. “There’s really no end to the small details because we keep doing something every month basically to make things better according to what people tell us.”
The developer shares that he felt it was a dream come true to have drivers like Bryan Heitkotter to have played his game and are now real Nissan professional drivers. “When I created the first Gran Turismo I knew that one day a driver that learned how to drive on Gran Turismo would become a racecar driver. And it really did come true.”
The creator hints at the sequel in discussing what won’t make the DLC batches. “Of course we’re working on GT6 already and I think what really will be the separating factor is something that we can’t update through a DLC is something that obviously has to be saved for GT6.”
As for what DLC will come next, Yamauchi states, “We have a pool of materials that are possible to release and it was just something that I decided with the team. We decided the vehicles and tracks and content in this first DLC was going to be our starting point.”
Will that content be some of the 25 tracks that were part of a possible leak, as reported earlier this year on GT Planet? Do you want to pay for more DLC, or have you moved onto other racers?
[ Source: IGN ]