I’ve moaned before about day one patches and how they’re pretty damned ridiculous. Make sure your game is good enough to release before you release it. Yes, I understand that there are tight production schedules, and it’s not possible to test for absolutely everything – but in this case, I really feel a rant is justified. Polyphony digital has confirmed that Gran Turismo 6 will be on the receiving end of a rather large day one patch..and the game isn’t even out for another 3 months.
While it was generally accepted that the game would be getting a patch to fix its usually terrible audio after release, Kuzunori Yamauchi has confirmed that it’ll be getting more in the way of patches.
“It’s the same every time. Everything’s very tight. It’s an incredibly tight schedule. As to being able to include everything we want to on day one, we probably won’t be able to. I think for the 12 months following the release we’ll continue to update the software. Because in Gran Turismo 6 we’re preparing a lot of different things we haven’t even touched on yet.”
Yes, Gran Turismo has become more of a service than a traditionally boxed product, and the GT5 you can play now is a very different beast to the very nearly broken game that it was upon release. Gran Turismo as a service is something else Yamauchi talked about with Eurogamer.
“I think you’re sort of right in that we’ve really changed how we make games now. Even now when we’re near the end of development [on Gran Turismo 6] we’re still creating features that will be provided in this game in updates later on. I think it’s a possibility that one day these types of update will be continuing for our titles. More recently, the speed of our output is much, much faster.”
Yamauchi saying that Polyphony has increased its output is taking the piss a bit, I think. I do love that they\re continually evolving their product and support their games post-release probably more than anyone else – but announcing a huge day one patch 3 months before release just tells me they have no idea of their end goal, or the game’s being released too early.
Last Updated: September 18, 2013