- Autoweek.com (linked above) met with Gran Turismo creator and godfather Kazunori Yamauchi
at SEMA and asked him several questions about the upcoming Gran Turismo 5 title for Sony's PS3 console.
To quote from the interview:
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.
Have you spoken with those guys?
My job is to create the product, not sell it.
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.
You're at the SEMA show, what do you think?
Every time I come to SEMA, I can feel the passion of the car owners who bring their cars here. The SEMA show is different from what you see at a typical motor show. There is more passion...