In an interview with GameSpot, Gran Turismo Creator and Polyphony Digital Founder Kazunori Yamauchi looked back on the previous generation, calling the PlayStation 3 a bit of a nightmare to develop for due to the technical limitations:
The age of the PS3 for us was sort of a nightmare. We really had to deal with this situation for a while where, ‘This is what we want to achieve, but all we can do is this.’ So there was a lot of frustration that was built up. The PS3 hardware is something that, at first glance, looks like it’s able to do this certain level of things, but in actuality, it can’t.
In terms of development, it was really really difficult and the games, after all the development efforts were put into it, were very very low. I think it was just that the balance as a piece of hardware wasn’t very good. But the PS4 is so good. This time we’re really able to do and achieve what we want to do, so it’s really fun.
While Yamauchi admits that the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport for PlayStation 4 could have been called Gran Turismo 7 due to all the different features, they went with Sport because the main focus at the time of announcement was the sport part. “Now that I look back and think about it, I think I actually could have called it 7,” he added with a laugh.
If you think of Gran Turismo 1 through 6 as the first era of Gran Turismo, Yamuachi says, “From this title on, you could actually call it a brand new era because of the level of innovation and the level of technology that’s going into the title now. So naming it Gran Turismo Sport with a new title like that might not be so off the mark.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Yamauchi said the online portion of Gran Turismo Sport will place rough drivers with rough drivers, and clean drivers with clean drivers. Additionally, “This Gran Turismo is really geared towards people who are playing racing games for the first time,” with most of the offline mode events tailored to beginners, so don’t expect a hardcore racing simulator.
Gran Turismo Sport releases on November 15 in North America and November 16 in Europe for PS4.