Responding to questions on the future of PlayStation racing series Gran Turismo, Kazunori Yamauchi admitted interested in the PlayStation Vita's portability and 3G connection, and that Beijing's Shanghai Circuit was being scouted for suitability as a future racecourse.
"For a Gran Turismo Vita, we'd want to take advantage of the ability to play anywhere, anytime, and with a 3G connection," said Yamauchi, Polyphony Digital's CEO, answering questions thrown during Beijing's ChinaJoy gaming expo.
Did he have any plans to incorporate Chinese circuits into future editions of Gran Turismo?
Remarking on his July 27 visit to the Shanghai International Circuit, Yamauchi said that he wanted to consider which elements were best suited to a Gran Turismo, news of which was met with a cheer.
Yamauchi wasn't drawn on whether the next Gran Turismo would be for the Vita, PlayStation 3, or as yet unannounced PlayStation 4, reiterating only his studio's commitment to state-of-the-art technology, and saying that his attention shifted to Gran Turismo 6 as soon as development on Gran Turismo 5 finished.
That's by no means guarantee of a swift arrival, as the Gran Turismo games are now known for their long gestation periods; Gran Turismo 5, announced mid-2005 prior to the launch of the PlayStation 3, did not arrive until November 2010, preceded by tasters Gran Turismo HD Concept and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.
In contrast, Microsoft's Turn 10 studios released three Forza Motorsport games for the Xbox 360 between 2007 and 2011, with spin-off Forza Horizon due October 2012.
Original story at Game Watch [Japanese]: game.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20120727_549515.html