Cockpit View in GT5 Confirmed?
May 21, 2007 - French television channel M6 recently visited the Japanese offices of Polyphony Digital for an update on Gran Turismo 5, as mentioned on Polyphony's official news page. The tour was hosted by none other than the father and creative mastermind behind the series, Kazunori Yamauchi, who showed M6 around the offices for the roughly five-minute piece.
One very interesting bit of information that you can find in the show, which has made its way online (legally or no), is that modelers are currently working vehicle interiors which would be used for in-car cockpit views. If this is not only a test and winds up coming to fruition for the final game, it would mark the first time in the series' history that gamers will be able to drive from behind the virtual wheel while having full view of each and every cars' dashboard.
This of course would be quite a feat to pull off as the Gran Turismo series has always featured an incredibly long list of vehicles (more than 700 were present in GT4) and the sheer modeling hours that it would take to implement this is astounding. Perhaps the utilization of Blu-ray has allowed for enough space to make this happen, but it also wouldn't be the first time that a feature has been "announced" only to not make it into the final game (see online play in Gran Turismo 4).
Thanks to IGN.com for sharing the news with us!