In spite of the great quality that presents/displays Gran Turismo Sport, there is a great absent in this title and it is the career mode, better known as GT Mode. After a 20-year trajectory and numbered installments for each home console that has been launched on PlayStation, Polyphony Digital made the decision to dispense with the GT Mode of the new game and Kazunori Yamauchi revealed the reason why this happened.
As you remember, in Gran Turismo past titles you started with a limited budget, without any license and you had to start your journey with a used car to break through the different competitions; after investing many hours you could access new licenses, new races, and new cars that you could acquire in the agencies present in the titles.
At a launch event held in Modena, Italy, where he also received a degree in automotive engineering from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo Sport explained the reason why there is not a career mode as such in the new game.
According to the creative, the essence of the career mode is still present: “When people are talking about there’s no GT Mode anymore, that’s not quite true. In a narrow sense, the part that was the GT Mode in the past is now called Mission Challenge. It’s single player, there are various different types of races, from the very short to the very long, with different regulations, and you can tune up the cars that you purchased to participate in those races.”
However it seems that the Mission Challenge mode works like a simplified version of the previous GT Mode and on this occasion, we cannot be so much involved in the modification of the cars.
In this regard, Kazunori Yamauchi revealed the reason why this decision was made: “Twenty years ago, when we did the first Gran Turismo, people knew what happens when you change an air filter or increased compression ratios do to your car. But the new users don’t have that knowledge anymore because they’re not as interested in the cars, so we’ve simplified [some areas of the game] so you can do the exact same thing you were doing in the past, but it’s more user-friendly for people just getting into cars.”
What do you think of Kazunori Yamauchi’s opinion on the main career mode change in Gran Turismo Sport?