Polyphony Digital recently inaugurated a new branch in Japan, in Ueno (Tokyo). For the company, it is the third studio of property in Japan that joins two others present in the United States (Los Angeles) and in Europe (Amsterdam).
The Ueno branch will support the other studios owned by Polyphony Digital with the aim of creating new experiences and racing games able to satisfy the increasingly varied tastes of an international audience. The location was chosen for its proximity of the Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts, it seems that some students have already had work experience in Polyphony Digital and many others would have been hired after the regular course of study.
The new studio also opens with a decidedly “particular” timing, ie in the hottest moment on the rumors of PlayStation 5, it is not excluded that Kazunori Yamauchi and his team have already started thinking about Gran Turismo 7 or Gran Turismo Sport 2, although at the moment it is absolutely conjecture but it is difficult to think that Sony wants to interrupt one of its flagship series.
The studio also experimented with ray tracing in real time. At Siggraph Asia 2018, the company demonstrated behind-the-scenes a ray-tracing tech demo to “explore the technological possibilities.”