• ETC
  • Jul 1, 2014
US-DETROIT-AUTO-SHOWOne of the greatest innovations to come about thanks to the gigantic popularity of Reddit is the Ask Me Anything (AMA) question and answer format. The AMA becomes especially worthwhile, of course, when the person(s) answering the questions have detailed information or insight on products we love.

So, in the case of the recent AMA session with Gran Turismo creator and mastermind Kazunori Yamauchi (above), and his buddy and Nissan chief designer Shiro Nakamura (right), it was basically must-read stuff.

The pair really lived up to our expectations, too, with Kaz offering a lot of useful information about the future of the Gran Turismo franchise (especially the upcoming GT7 for Playstation 4), and Shiro promising to bring some interesting new ideas back to his colleagues at Nissan.

We'll start there, as Shiro's bit is quicker. Perhaps the most interesting response to a question that the Nissan designer gave all day was when he was asked about any interest in doing a Nismo-tuned Titan. Probably nothing more than a flight of fancy at this point, but Shiro's response was enthusiastic:

"A Nismo Titan? A very interesting idea. We've never thought about it. If you think about it, a big-engined truck is almost like a sports car. Two passengers, fun to drive – it's a fun idea. I will take your request back to the office with me."

Ford Raptor, watch your back.

As for Kaz, well, the Polyphony Digital head honcho was dropping tantalizing knowledge all over the forum. Here are some of the highlights:
  • The "fantasy" tracks from GT5 and earlier may be making a return in GT7. Fans of El Capitan, Tahiti Maze, etc. should keep their fingers crossed.
  • When asked creating a Formula 1 game, Kaz responded "There's some distance there to actually making that into a game, but who knows – you might just discover it all of a sudden." We're not sure if that indicates promise for inclusion in Gran Turismo, or a new title.
  • For whatever it's worth, Porsche's exclusion is from GT is "not an issue between Polyphony Digital and Porsche."
  • A major update to the sound engine is coming in GT7 (hurray!), but nothing is planned for the July update to GT6.
  • Apparently, Shiro would love to see the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge in a GT game, when asked he responded: "Sure. Why not? We like the design and we like the performance. We'll start working with Yamauchi-san immediately."
  • A beta version of track maker is around now, Kaz says it's in his hands. But no timing yet for when it'll be offered for players.
  • Perhaps most importantly: Kaz won't rule out including the Subaru BRAT in some iteration of GT. "I won't say we won't include it." It's hard to type with this many fingers crossed.


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      Julio Arreaga
      • 5 Months Ago
      Porsche cars are not in GT because of EA; they own the rights somehow. Sucks.
        prince_david
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Julio Arreaga
        Porsche Unleashed was a great game but EA has not really used the license well, they pretty much just hold Porsche hostage. It's pretty ridiculous, EA is a bit of a monster.
          StephenT
          • 5 Months Ago
          @prince_david
          Yeah I can think of some other words that EA stands for when describing them.
          PatrickH
          • 5 Months Ago
          @prince_david
          That game was sweet! And GD it EA give it up!
      Kuro Houou
      • 5 Months Ago
      Finally we may actually get cars that sound like real cars, not some little go kart!! Please please do this right and use real engine sounds!!!!!!!!!!!
      PatrickH
      • 5 Months Ago
      I really don't understand what kind of planning conversations they have back at PD. "Hey let's work on converting a lot of the standard cars over to premium spec!" Kaz: "nah, let's introduce the Subaru BRAT". GTFO :facepalm:
      WindsWilling
      • 5 Months Ago
      I always suspected it, but funny to see it confirmed. Recording car sounds while stationary in neutral/park. Get your act together already. Don't get rid of the non-premium cars either. Let there be an option to "hide" them from people not wanting to see them ruining their so-called immersion factor. Get someone competent to do collision physics. And fix the tire noises.
      AP1_S2K
      • 5 Months Ago
      One key aspect to me for a "simulator" is the sound, so it's good to see: "A major update to the sound engine is coming in GT7 (hurray!), but nothing is planned for the July update to GT6."
        carguy1701
        • 5 Months Ago
        @AP1_S2K
        Speaking as somebody who has GT6, the sounds aren't bad.
      carguy1701
      • 5 Months Ago
      >The "fantasy" tracks from GT5 and earlier may be making a return in GT7. Fans of El Capitan, Tahiti Maze, etc. should keep their fingers crossed. Don't you mean GT4? I don't think those tracks were in GT5. >For whatever it's worth, Porsche's exclusion is from GT is "not an issue between Polyphony Digital and Porsche." WHY IS THIS STILL A QUESTION?! Anyone who has done even a little research knows that the Porsche video game license is held exclusively by EA, and they charge a not-insignificant amount of money for it to be loaned out. Ask Turn 10, they know first hand. >When asked creating a Formula 1 game, Kaz responded "There's some distance there to actually making that into a game, but who knows – you might just discover it all of a sudden." We're not sure if that indicates promise for inclusion in Gran Turismo, or a new title. Put the old F1 cars from GT3 back in, or license some. ""A Nismo Titan? A very interesting idea. We've never thought about it. If you think about it, a big-engined truck is almost like a sports car. Two passengers, fun to drive – it's a fun idea. I will take your request back to the office with me."" Sounds more like a street truck than a Raptor rival.
      • 5 Months Ago
      GT sucks. Forza is where it's at.
      wishdj
      • 5 Months Ago
      If only they released this without micro transactions to unlock cars and tracks. With the way video games are going these days this sounds like me being able to afford a brand new Ferrari.
      zizixx89
      • 5 Months Ago
      How bout a maxima nismo since the next maxima has 300+hp 315??
      Azazel
      • 5 Months Ago
      Too bad no one asked Kaz about a new TT game. It had so much potential.
      zizixx89
      • 5 Months Ago
      Infiniti Q50hybrid S & eau rogue is already coming to Forza 5 in 2 months or 1
      360_AD
      • 5 Months Ago
      ""A Nismo Titan? A very interesting idea. We've never thought about it. If you think about it, a big-engined truck is almost like a sports car. Two passengers, fun to drive – it's a fun idea. I will take your request back to the office with me." Kind of shows you how much in their own bubble they are, doesn't it? The Raptor's been out for a few years now. As a competitor, how is it possible that the idea never entered their minds?
        superlightv12
        • 5 Months Ago
        @360_AD
        Have they actually driven a sports car? A truck is a whale, any truck, even the Raptor is huge. Sports cars (real ones) are totally different.
          Ryan C
          • 5 Months Ago
          @superlightv12
          DUH. Car-trucks that's why they have different names.
          Cruising
          • 5 Months Ago
          @superlightv12
          I don't think he ment in the literal sense, Shiro was involved with the GT-R so it's safe to say they know how to drive sports cars. Who ever said it was going to compete with a Raptor? What if it's like the SRT RAM pick up or Lighting F-150 where they transplant it with a powerful motor. Like a muscle pickup truck. Besides, Nissan is involved in the TORC Off Road Truck Series.
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