First, I know what you're thinking. Someone needs to take the egg nog away from Kyle.
But hear me out.
Star Wars is a huge cultural phenomenon. Gran Turismo is too — not to the same level mind, but still, it has a certain level of brand recognition. The Last Jedi lightsabered its way into theatres recently, and without getting into spoiler territory, it's a divisive entry in a long-running franchise. It takes a lot of established tropes from a celebrated series, and turns them on their head.
Do you see where this is going?
There's an important line from the The Last Jedi's most recent trailer. Want to guess?
"Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to."
Meanwhile, a few months earlier, Gran Turismo fans were treated to a decidedly different tone in a GT Sport trailer than what had come before. The E3 trailer was more traditional, but this one — this was something new:
"The game became less about competition, and more about collecting cars. Today we say: we want change. Let's burn it to the ground."
Despite being galaxies apart, the sentiment is the same between the two. Kylo's line is felt throughout the movie, much like Sport's trailer informed the final game, at least until today's GT League update.
Speaking of GT League — not to mention the stated plans of adding the traditional variety of cars — does it represent an about-face after that Sport trailer? Is GT Sport softening its stance on abandoning the past? The ultra-nostalgic GT2 menu music certainly suggests as much.
On the eve of the franchise's 20th anniversary, it's a question worth exploring. Some of us have been playing GT since the beginning, but is that attachment obscuring a clear view of the future? Or, to take a page from Star Wars: instead of it being an either-or situation (Light/Dark side), is there a balance to be had?