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Gran Turismo 7 ready for PS4 'in a year or two', says Yamauchi

Series creator offers rough ETA on a next-gen sequel

Gran Turismo 7 will arrive on PlayStation 4 "in about a year or two", according to series creator Kazunori Yamauchi.

The latest game in the series, Gran Turismo 6, will be released on December 6 on the PS3, and not on the new PS4 which will, by that time, already be available in North America and Europe.

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Fans have called for a next-gen port, but Yamauchi says a PS4-bound Gran Turismo is more likely to be a full-on sequel and will be ready sooner than series fans might expect.

"The PlayStation 4 game which we'll likely call GT7 will be done in about a year or two, I think," Yamauchi told Famitsu recently, according Polygon.

Series fans will, however, know not to get too excited just yet. The Gran Turismo series has gained considerable notoriety for its extended delays. Gran Turismo 5, unveiled in 2006, suffered a series of delays that pushed the game back from an initially expected 2008 outing to an eventual late 2010 release, stretching its development time to around five years.

Kazunori went on to play down the need for a next-gen version of GT, suggesting that the game's most crucial element - the online community gameplay - is unaffected by platform.

"The PlayStation 4's large memory size is a unique trait, but in terms of CPU performance, the PS3's Cell chip, while difficult to handle, is really capable," he said. "They both have different advantages. Besides, I think the online community aspect, one of the most fun parts of GT, doesn't have anything to do with the platform."

This comment comes somewhat at odds with Sony's messaging, which has touted the PS4's new community-driven and social networking capabilities as the key selling point of the new console.

Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida recently highlighted social interactions and 'discoverability' as the main features that will set PS4 gaming apart from PS3.

"It's like checking your social media every day," Yoshida commented. "For example, you can check out whether you have had new challenges from friends from the home screen of every game. All the important information is presented to you immediately. The same game might come out on PS3 and PS4, but playing the game on PS4 will be much more fun, I would expect."

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