Gran Turismo Sport Creator On The Competition: "No One Has Anything On Us"

Is there real racing competition, or is Gran Turismo far ahead in the pole position?

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Right now, life is good for a racing game fan. Dirt 4 just launched and in the future we have Gran Turismo Sport, Forza Motorsport 7, and Project CARS 2. If you're on the arcade side of things, there's Forza Horizon 3, alongside the upcoming Need for Speed: Payback and The Crew 2. In an era of 4K gaming, racing is looking better than ever.

After a couple of laps around the track in Gran Turismo Sport - which remains a gorgeous-looking racing simulation - I had a chat with series creator Kazunori Yamauchi. Yamauchi has been working on the series since its debut in 1997, fueled by his love of cars. Competitors have come and gone since then. So what does he think of the current competition?

"I'm not sure. I don't know what kind of work they are doing now," Yamauchi replied when asked about GT's rivals. "In terms of quality, no one has anything on us. We're at the top. I'm very confident about that."

He admits that the current performance level of home consoles makes it easier for many developers to reach the same level in fidelity. The real test is in the vision of the creators.

"Right now, I think that the performance of game consoles has reached a plateau," he added. "Back when we went from PSOne to PS2, there was about a hundred times performance increase. But now it's only an increase of 50 percent or a 100 percent at most. Before it was 10,000 percent. From now on, we're in an age where the creator's skill is going to really make the difference in how the game turns out."

Gran Turismo Sport is coming to PlayStation 4 this Fall, with full support for PlayStation VR.

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  • Avatar for bigbadboaz #1 bigbadboaz 9 months ago
    Hubris. Nothing but unadulterated hubris. The weaknesses in GT compared to Forza alone have been harped on for at least eight years.

    This is what happens when you proudly admit to living in a bubble.
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #2 NiceGuyNeon 9 months ago
    I hate those BS responses "oh we don't know what the competition is doing" give me a break. You don't know what Forza's done? They've only been going against GT for the past 15 or so years and are sitting at the top right now.

    Maybe this game puts GT back on top but responses about how they don't know their competition bothers me.
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  • Avatar for Thetick #3 Thetick 9 months ago
    Times have changed. The "simulation" genre has evolved quite a bit and while it's not very big on consoles with just asseto corsa, you can't get away with calling anything a sim, or "real driving simulator" now. I also wonder how fans will react to the apparent shift from solo to online. Surprisingly small amount of info for such a big name from sony.
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  • Avatar for SuperShinobi #4 SuperShinobi 9 months ago
    Last gen at least they were still the top dog. GT6 was incredibly good on the PS3. I've been revisiting it recently and at 1080p the visual quality is still remarkable and very similar to a PS4 game like Assetto Corsa. Car handling in GT6 is excellent also and feels sharper and more consistent compared to the perhaps more nuanced but also more unpredictable handling of Assetto Corsa. Forza 4 on the Xbox360 on the other hand is not really comparable to current-gen racing games.

    Turn 10 raised their game considerably in Forza 5 & 6 however and 7 looks even more awesome, so the competition is going to be a lot tougher this time around. We'll see how it turns out later this year. Polyphony created and defined the modern sim racing game with the GT series, they've been doing it the longest and GT is by far the best-selling sim racing series of all time, so they are poised to do well in this console gen also.Edited June 2017 by SuperShinobi
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  • Avatar for mattdargis #5 mattdargis 9 months ago
    Ahhh. There's that Sony arrogance we know and love. I mean hate. Contrary to what Kazunori Yamauchi says. The people at E3 tend to disagree with him.


    Daniel Bloodworth from Easy Allies also said Forza 7 is the more impressive racing game.
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #6 SIGGYZtar 9 months ago
    This better not be the Daikatana of racing games.
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  • Avatar for scottygrayskull #7 scottygrayskull 9 months ago
    He doesn't know what the competition is doing, but is certain his product is the best?
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  • Avatar for Arvis-Jaggamar #8 Arvis-Jaggamar 9 months ago
    I mean, Forza looks great so he should probably take a look at what they're doing.

    But when it comes down to "feel", he's right that nothing comes close to GT.
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