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Kazunori Yamauchi on the History of Gran Turismo

The final days before the launch of Gran Turismo Sport are passing and Sony took the opportunity not to look ahead but to look back. The latest video published by the Japanese technology giant shows founder of Polyphony Digital Kazunori Yamauchi together with others going down memory lane and discussing the history of the Gran Turismo series.

Gran Turismo’s big impact

What many people forget is that the first Gran Turismo game really marked the start of a whole new genre. It was unlike anything that had been done before and obviously required tons of work and dedication.

Shuhei Yoshida, an early Polyphony member, describes Yamauchi as being the perfect person to lead such a project. He especially emphasises Yamauchi’s ability to motivate people and convince them that the impossible was actually possible – Traits that are often associated with the big people in the industries.

As once before, Yamauchi also points out that every one of the 200 people working at Polyphony Digital have a unique job and cannot be replaced.

Why was it called Gran Turismo Sport again?

Yoshida also reveals the actual reasoning behind the “Sport” in the latest Gran Turismo title: Sport is something everyone can do and enjoy. So, Yamauchi wanted to replicate that accessibility for his latest racing game and make it approachable for everyone. This was of so much importance to him that he chose to reflect it in the game’s title – Gran Turismo Sport.

Lewis Hamilton?

A couple of days ago, Sony and Polyphony also announced an upcoming series of driving tips by none other than Lewis Hamilton. You can check out the video below:

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