Gran Turismo to feature vehicle deformation

"Very, very soon", says Yamauchi.

Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi has said we should expect vehicle deformation in his games "very, very soon".

"We really, really want to put damage onto our vehicles," he told GamerTV (as spotted by VG247). "We've had a lot of discussions with the manufacturers and, although at the beginning they hated the idea of deformation, now they're slowly coming around to it.

"We've still got a few to convince, but we will. Expect deformation in the very near future: very, very soon," he added.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is due to be released on the PlayStation Network this afternoon, and the full Gran Turismo is about a year away, according to comments made by SCEA.

Yamauchi was apologetic that he has not been able to provide a next-gen Gran Turismo all in one go - but on the positive side, PSN releases should lend the game a much longer life span, and give his team a chance to test ideas and gather feedback.

"Obviously, we wanted to do a next-gen Gran Turismo. When the PS3 appeared, we realised that we needed a lot of time to develop properly on this hardware, so we gave ourselves four years to come up with a complete programme," continued Yamauchi.

"As a result, you're not going to get Gran Turismo all in one go, but gradually, adding online elements and features as we go. The good thing is that it'll have a long, long lifespan."

Yamuachi also joked that his team puts more research into the cars than the average manufacturer, and said online was something he has wanted to have since Gran Turismo 3.

Interestingly, the garage feature where you can mix and match game modes and store all your cars is based around an "avatar system like Home". This interests him a lot.

"We're keen to work with avatar systems like Home, and in turn have been inspired by them," he concluded.

Pop over to our Gran Turismo 5 Prologue review to find out why it is worth snapping up.

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