• Gran Turismo 7 Will Race Into the Future By Respecting Its Past

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Gran Turismo 7 will release on the PlayStation 5 later this year, and those who are eagerly awaiting the game’s arrival will be in for a treat. The game’s head designer, Kazunori Yamaguchi, recently spoke with Japanese magazine Octane and indicated that GT7 will return to earlier form with a full volume of features that became the defining traits of the older Gran Turismo titles. Realistic graphics and extensive car collections, in particular, were foundational pieces of earlier GT titles, but with GT Sport focusing more on interactive racing elements, realism took a back seat to the racing experience. The folks behind the development of GT 7 now plan to marry those worlds together to create what we hope will be the best Gran Turismo game ever.

Should we get excited about this approach to Gran Turismo 7?

As someone who has played his fair share of Gran Turismo titles, this comes as welcome news. Gran Turismo Sport took the franchise to a different level, and while the game paid off in raising the franchise’s profile in the world of eSports competitions, it also made it difficult for those who played the game for fun to enjoy it the way they did the original titles.

Kazunori Yamauchi, the man behind the franchise, spoke with Japanese magazine Octane recently and assured fans that GT7 would return to the “royal purpose” of the original Gran Turismo games, specifically the original four titles.

“In Gran Turismo 7, while inheriting elements such as the [FIA] championships that were realized in Sport, we are going to go back to the full-volume of Gran Turismo 1 and 4, and providing the best Gran Turismo experience today,” Yamauchi said. “So for those who know the old Gran Turismo, I think it will feel a bit nostalgic.”

That should ring as music to the ears of OG Gran Turismo fans.

What did Yamaguchi mean by “royal purpose?”

Gran Turismo 7 Will Race Into the Future By Respecting Its Past
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Yamauchi didn’t clarify the meaning of the phrase, but considering the stand-out qualities of the original games, he could be talking about the game’s cutting-edge graphics and extensive car collections. Both elements served as pillars of the early Gran Turismo titles, but they were largely relegated in the background in GT Sport in favor of a more immersive online experience that catered towards eSports competitions. We can, therefore, expect developers to bring a lot of the focus back to these two qualities of the game while also maintaining some of the best features that were introduced in GT Sport and combining all of that with new gaming innovations. How all of that will coalesce remains to be seen, but just the thought of it should be enough for fans of Gran Turismo to get excited about what’s to come for the franchise.

No date has been announced for the launch of Gran Turismo 7, but the studio has said that it will be released sometime this year.

Source: Octane Japan

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