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Gran Turismo 7 confirmed but will not launch in 2014

Gran Turismo 7 has been officially confirmed by series mastermind Kazunori Yamauchi, but don’t expect the game anytime soon.

Speaking from the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Polyphony Digital CEO Yamauchi revealed that although Gran Turismo 7 is well into its development cycle, he does not expect the game to hit retailers until at least 2015.

“We are working on the title,” Yamauchi told Eurogamer while fielding questions on a prospective Gran Turismo 7 launch. He added: “I don’t think it’ll make this year!”

Although Yamauchi failed to offer an further details on the planned Gran Turismo 7 release date, he did suggest the Polyphony will not mess around with a Prologue release, instead focussing solely on getting the full title to market.

“I don’t think it’ll be a Prologue,” the Gran Turismo creator stated.

What the game is likely to benefit from, however, is the same standard car models that have been rolled over since the 2004 released Gran Turismo 4.

“I doubt that we’ll be throwing away the standard cars,” Yamauchi said. “Each car has its own fans, so I think we’ll hang on to the archive. In the meanwhile, some of those cars we may be able to make into Premium cars as they become available – but basically we’re more focussed on increasing the number of premium cars.”

Although confirming Gran Turismo 7 is on its way, Yamauchi insisted that Polyphony is not forgetting about Gran Turismo 6 anytime soon, with audio improvements to be introduced soon.

He stated: “I think the quality of the sounds in Gran Turismo 6 will be improved, but most of the work will be done in Gran Turismo 7.”

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