Kazurnori Yamauchi Reveals The Cost of Gran Turismo 5 and More

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During the SEMA autoshow, Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi spoke on different aspects on the development of GT5 and what the future holds for Sony’s flagship series.

When will you release GT5?
Yamauchi: We will release it in March in Japan but for other regions, it has not been decided yet.

What’s holding it up?

That’s more depending on SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America) marketing decisions.

What’s taking so long with the product, then?

From our perspective, it doesn’t seem like that long a time. To make Gran Turismo 5, we threw away the legacy code from GT4 and started from scratch. It’s been five years from [the release of] GT4, and that’s the same amount of time it took to develop the first GT4. To create a game from scratch, that’s the amount of time it takes to get it right.

How many cars will be on GT5?

I have never actually counted all the cars. I don’t have a policy to count them all. We are aiming for 1,000 cars in GT5.

Will those be on the disc when you buy the game or will we have to download them from other sources?

They will all be on the disc.

How do you chose which cars get in the game?

There will be three types: cars we want, the cars the users would like to see in the game and then cars the manufacturers want in it.

How many racetracks do you have in GT5?

There are 20 different environments and around 70 different track layouts.

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What other features will GT5 have?

There will be 400,000 polygons per car, 100 times more than were present on GT4. GT4 had 4,000 polygons per car. You can customize and tune the cars, too.

You have NASCAR and WRC in the game. Does this include the complete list of all tracks in those series?

The NASCAR series is so large it would be impossible to put everything in the game. We will have select courses and select cars in the game. You will also be able to race the stock cars on a number of tracks not found on the NASCAR calendar. In speaking with NASCAR, they said they’d like to see their cars able to race on other tracks, and you can do that [in GT5].

Will you have F1, ALMS or FIA GT?

We had a Ferrari F1 car in the game. For FIA GT and ALMS, we won’t have that in the series yet. But we will have a lot of cars that race at Le Mans, so in that sense, there will be cars from ALMS.

Have you played Forza Motorsport 3?

I was watching the guys at our company trying it out in the office. I tried it a little bit. It’s very similar in a lot of aspects to Gran Turismo. Some base components of the game are very different from Gran Turismo. It’s a little bit different from what a simulator is. You can feel it when you drive it.

Will there be a Gran Turismo 6?

Yes. You won’t have to wait as long as you did for GT5. GT5 represents a whole new operating system.GT6 is just new apps that run on the GT5 system.

What did GT5 cost to make?

[He and translator do some figuring, converting yen to dollars] $60 million. There are other games that cost more. Considering the size and scale of the game, I think it’s probably a fairly small amount.[/quote]Gran Turismo 5 is set to launch in Japan sometime in March 2010. It should be interested to note that as of now Gran Turismo 5 Prologue has sold over 3 Million copies worldwide, which have most likely lowered the total development costs of GT5.


Readers Comments (13)

  1. 1000 cars…damn lol

  2. ShurikenSpammer November 5, 2009 @ 17:12

    So much content going into this it’s amazing it can fit on one disk.

  3. this game will not fit on one disk, more like 3 dual layered blu-rays 😛

  4. very interesting interview. awesome.
    I don’t think he answered the question on how many tracks though. Unless there will only be 70 tracks. I don’t know why I thought there would be at least 100 tracks. mmmm still pretty awesome 🙂

  5. dude creamclouds i think he said 20 environments and 70 tracks. so it would mean in each enviro it has 70 different tracks. doesnt it? that i think is alot of tracks

  6. 60 million dollars for gt5 no thanks lol

  7. xero135 did you even read the article? That’s the cost of developing…

  8. lol,the funny thing is they already made their money off from GT5:P and much more.

    So the GT5 will be pure profit.lol

  9. whoops misread that lol

  10. @ megatopak woa! that’s a lot of tracks. That’s about 1400 tracks? that’s insane!

  11. 1000 cars,
    20 enviroments
    400,000 polygons per car,
    20 different environments
    and around 70 different track layouts

    i wouldent be suprised if the game came on 5 bluray discs

  12. Massive.

  13. Super Smash Bros. Fan November 7, 2009 @ 17:51

    (Mine blown)

    THIS is the defindent game for the Playstation 3 and the reason why I’m getting it. When the game is out, it will be amazing.

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