Yamauchi says Gran Turismo 7 will be with us in 2015 or 2016

The latest release estimate for PS4’s Gran Turismo 7 is some time over the next two years.

For GT7, myself and my staff have a clear vision: to do everything we couldn’t do in GT6,” series creator Kazunori Yamauchi told GamesTM. We want to make it very Gran Turismo. By that I mean it’s going to be a game that matches the very era that we live in, in 2015 or 2016.

Everything will be running naturally. PS3 was much, much more difficult. The high quality of data that we have being rendered on the PS4 I think is going to make an incredible difference.”

The series has a reputation for delays. PS2 title Gran Turismo 4 was delayed by a year and a half before arriving in early 2005 while Gran Turismo 5 was announced in 2006 but didn’t actually arrive until late 2010, and that was after a string of delays.

It looked as if Gran Turismo 6 would go the same way when in September last year Yamauchi said that the game was only 80 per cent done” and later that the schedule was very tight”, although the PS3 racer did subsequently arrive as planned in December 2013.

Just prior to this, however, Yamauchi hinted that Gran Turismo 7 could arrive as early as this year, having suggested prior to this that the game could in fact be a re-jig of Gran Turismo 6 – which was little surprise as sales of the game fell well short of the series standards, presumably due to the fact that it arrived after the launch of the PS3’s successor.

However, this summer Yamauchi admitted that a 2014 release was unlikely.

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