Yamauchi: Gran Turismo 5 Releasing "Sooner Than Expected"
Wouldn't it be totally kick-ass if you were good enough at a game, where you won a tournament and got to interview the game's creator one-on-one? Especially if that creator was Kazunori Yamauchi...?
Creator of the esteemed Gran Turismo franchise sat down with the winner of the Gran Turismo 5: Prologue Middle East Challenge, Ahmed Al Azmi, and had some very interesting things to say. First of all, he presented Azmi with an autographed, unreleased Ceramic White PS3 and PSP as a prize, which is something we all wish we had. Then, on the subject of a Gran Turismo 5 release date, Yamauchi actually laughed at the 2010 rumor and said the game will launch "sooner than expected." That's great news, and he also spoke about private online races and the existence of rubber-band AI; it won't be welcome to racing enthusiasts, but perhaps it's not a bad idea. If a car falls more than 2 seconds behind in a race, you will receive the benefit of enhanced power and grip to give you a chance to catch up. Now, we're not sure if this applies to only the online portion of GT5...we're not the biggest fans of this feature implemented into the single-player simulated mode.
Anyway, feel free to read the full interview; it's worth your perusal. You may notice that while Porsche isn't annoyed at the prospect of vehicle damage, Ferrari is balking at the idea. Clearly, there are a few things that still need to be ironed out, but that "sooner than expected" comment sits prominently in our minds...
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5
10/30/2008 Ben Dutka