The Gran Turismo series has been around for a very long time. It prides itself on being a detailed racing sim , even calling itself “The Real Driving Simulator”. With a tagline like that, you’d think that only the most elite of racing fans would try their hand at advancing. With the upcoming GT Sport, it seems the developers want even more casual racers to feel at home.
During a recent interview with the gaming team from VentureBeat, the creator and director of GT Sport, Kazunori Yamauchi, talked about how the team is approaching accessibility when it comes to the game. Here’s what he had to say:
GamesBeat: It sounds like you want to make Gran Turismo into more of an esport. How do you do that while keeping the game accessible?
Kazunori Yamauchi: One thing I want to emphasize that the Sport mode in Gran Turismo Sport is just one small portion of emphasis. Relative to the total number of features, it actually has more features than any Gran Turismo title to date. On top of that, Sport has two aspects to it. One you could compare to something like the NBA in basketball. The other side is more like street basketball. Having tens of thousands of viewers packed into a stadium isn’t the only kind of esports you can promote.
The kind of sport I’m aiming to compare to in Gran Turismo Sport is on another level. Sport is something that enriches your life, something you do in your daily life — playing basketball with your friends, or playing club tennis on a Sunday. We want to cover all of these aspects.
GamesBeat: Playing that kind of pickup game with your friends, how does that manifest in the game? What does it look like?
Yamauchi: This is just one example from our game design, but right now people are playing the arcade mode. When you drive a certain distance every day, you get a little reward for completing a “driving marathon,” going the same distance as a runner’s marathon. It gives you something for just playing a little bit and getting better at the game. It’s like going for a jog every day.
It will be interesting to see how players will adapt to the driving experience. I’ve seen very casual players try their hand at realistic racing games…it’s a pretty hilarious sight, but also one that makes you feel a bit of pity too.
GT Sport will be racing onto PS4 later this year.