Yamauchi: Unlock Car In GT PSP, Get It In GT5 On PS3
You know, we at PSXE always knew we were excited for anything Gran Turismo. But the more we hear, the more our hearts pound and our palms sweat; will Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo PSP be the best combined racing experience in video game history?
When GT PSP was first announced, we learned that there should be over 800 cars in the handheld iteration, and it stands to reason there may be some that won't be featured in GT5 for the PS3 (and vicey versey). When asked in a recent JVN interview about if - and how - the two games might communicate with one another, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi responded as follows:
"If [the user] unlocks a car in Gran Turismo PSP, it will also be available in Gran Turismo 5." (Source- GTPlanet.net)
Obviously, the translation could be a little loose and we're missing something vital but on the surface, the good news seems clear. Furthermore, we've learned that Polyphony has ramped up the car sharing and trade aspects of GT PSP (a new feature); likely for the sake of added realism. For example, if you trade a car, it's gone and there are some cars that simply can't be traded at all. This ought to make sharing plenty interesting, don't you think? Yamauchi also didn't rule out the possibility that GT PSP may have hindered the progress of GT5 just a bit; when asked about this, he said:
"I will not contradict you, because all versions of GT are developed within the studio Polyphony Digital. If a person works on an item, it necessarily prevents him from doing anything else. So yes, there is some truth in what you say."
Well, considering what we'll get, we can live with that. And like we just got finished saying, everything new we turn up about the new and improved GT franchise has us literally shaking with anticipating. ...okay, maybe not "literally," but I think my pulse is a little faster even now...
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5, Gran Turismo PSP
8/9/2009 Ben Dutka