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Polyphony Drives by with Gran Turismo PSP Boxart

August 2, 2009 Written by Dan Massi


With Gran Turismo PSP closing ever so closely on its October 1st 2009 release date, more information and images are being revealed for the title. And one of those images happens to be one of the coolest boxart covers we have ever seen.

Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo, picks what cars to be on the box art himself. What made him choose Corvette ZR1? Here, he explains why.

“This spring I visited Detroit a few times, mainly to see the factories of the Big 3, and their museums and archives. What I came to realize in those visits was that the designs and mechanisms of American cars,

in all eras over the years, have always been aimed towards a bright new future that all little kids dream about, and always full of emotion. And I also found that when I’m surrounded by these generations of American cars, it just makes me happy.

This is something I’ve never experienced in European car museums. I don’t feel the same kind of happiness or excitement in them, rather I become awed at their practicality and engrossing history of engineering, and it is more a humbling, almost holy experience where you appreciate this in silence. That’s when I realized, that American cars are so full of peoples’ dreams, and that’s what makes them so great.

With all the automotive industry in the world at a crisis, we all know that North American automakers are especially in a very difficult situation. And as you all know, the game “Gran Turismo” was a video game that was nurtured by the kindness of the automotive industry, and that’s why I wanted us to make something, that could cheer up people in the industry.

Many GM cars representative from the Autorama days have really helped build the foundations of my sense of beauty and values regarding cars, but something that has always been deep within my heart over the years is the long line of Corvettes. And the newest Corvette is the C6 ZR1.”

Gran Turismo PSP is a launch date title for the PSP Go. Make sure to pick this game up when you go get your shiny new handheld this October.