Kazunori Yamauchi was in California yesterday for the official debut of the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo concept car, which will be featured in Gran Turismo 6.
Although GT6 isn’t going on store shelves for another two weeks, that didn’t stop the BBC’s Top Gear from asking him about Gran Turismo 7:
“We don’t want to take too long on Gran Turismo 7,” Kazunori told us. “Best-case scenario? Next year. In GT6 we really had to tune the software 100 per cent to maximise the PS3’s architecture, but of course the PS4’s hardware is much better, so I think the overall quality of the game across the board will be boosted when you come to play it.”
The last time Kazunori was asked about GT7’s development, he offered a similar timeframe of “a year or two” to complete the game, once again citing the ease of developing software on the PlayStation 4 in comparison to the PS3.
These comments come only a few days after a gaming industry insider (with a reliable track record, according to GearNuke and PSXExtreme) revealed in a Tweet that he had seen a Gran Turismo 7 tech demo running on PlayStation 4 hardware:
GT 7 tech demo. Nothing to describe other than it looked amazing. It was snowing and at night. Cockpit view, then turned to outside the car.
— Parrigatooooo (@isaparrot) November 19, 2013
Thanks to Gwenbors for the quick tip!