Gran Turismo to get car damage "soon"

Written by Joe Martin

May 12, 2009 | 12:57

Tags: #gran-turismo #kaz-yamauchi #racing #sim

Companies: #sony

The lack of physical damage to vehicles has long been a weak point for the Gran Turismo series of racing games, but GT creator Kaz Yamauchi has confirmed that the feature will be coming to the game 'soon'.

Speaking to Audi for an Audi R8 promotion (via Kotaku), Kaz said car damage and more will be coming to future Gran Turismo games.

The interview, which was recorded back in February, features the Gran Turismo boss talking about how car damage will soon make an appearance in the series, as well as in-race weather effects that will alter how the cars handle on the track.

The promise isn't unfamiliar to Gran Turismo fans though, as car damage and weather effects were supposed to appear in the scaled-down Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, but were both culled from the feature list. Sony promised that the two game-changing ideas would then be added in via a free patch for the game on the PlayStation 3, but there's been no sign of it so far and fans have complained that the legendary racing sim is starting to fall behind a bit.

The constant flux of the planned features makes it a little unclear whether Kaz is still planning to release the promised GT5: Prologue patch, or whether car damage will instead appear in the full version of Gran Turismo 5. It's even possible that it could appear in Gran Turismo on the PSP...but we doubt it.

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