Polyphony To Go In Another Direction After Gran Turismo 5?
When you say "Polyphony Digital," every avid gamer immediately thinks "Gran Turismo." And of course, that association will only strengthen when Gran Turismo 5 launches (hopefully, at the end of this year).
However, prepare yourselves for a very large and intriguing bit of news: during end-of-year interviews and according to PS3Center.net, GT creator Kazunori Yamauchi spoke about the future of his company, and obviously, that included GT5. First up, he said that while 2009 was still the target time frame for the launch, "it may not make it," although not due to any "lack of effort." So that's kind of a downer but that's hardly the biggest news because Yamauchi also said that although Polyphony exclusively handles car games, they do want to try their hand at "a new, distinctly different game." What this could be, we haven't the foggiest idea, but now we're very excited to learn more about it. Yamauchi is one of those guys who can excel at just about any game project, even if he hasn't been exceedingly diverse. Like Hideo Kojima, this guy is a perfectionist, so anything he attempts should be worthy of our attention. Oh yeah, and what if his next game is also a PlayStation 3 exclusive...? Hmm...
Anyway, we will now be anxiously awaiting Yamauchi's decision, and if he really does decide to head in an entirely new direction after GT5, we'll be on pins and needles in anticipation of the announcement. That's for damn sure.
1/2/2009 Ben Dutka