EuroGamer has published an extensive article covering this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which had a strong Gran Turismo presence and was attended by Kazunori Yamauchi himself.
It’s a good read, and they had a chance to chat with Kazunori directly, who provided a few interesting comments about Polyphony Digital’s plans for the FIA Online Championship in Spring of 2015:
“I’m not sure how we’ll do it right now. I think on Gran Turismo 6 it’ll be something like a pre-season series, and it’s more realistic to say we’ll have the complete series in Gran Turismo 7.”
Kazunori also addressed a question about what the FIA partnership means for in-game licensing of FIA-sanctioned series, such as the World Endurance Championship. He confirmed that “it will be easier” but remained focused on the fact that the real news here is how seriously executives in the FIA are taking virtual motorsport and how important it is to foster that relationship for the health of the sport overall:
“One of the important things for us, it’s beyond our expectation how much people in the FIA like Jean Todt don’t differentiate between the virtual and the real. They’re treating it on the same level.”
“This collaboration is really something that’s necessary for the industry,” says Yamauchi. “Without it, our car culture is really going to become much, much smaller than it is now. Of course, if we could reach the level of FIFA that’d be wonderful. But before we can see that dreamlike state, we need to be realistic and really work at what we have.”
He also notes that Polyphony Digital is seeking to arrange partnerships with not just the FIA, but over 100 different automobile clubs from around the world. Check out the complete article for more quotes.