Sony Computer Entertainment have confirmed that they will be continuing the support of the long-running Playstation-exclusive franchise Gran Turismo, with the announcement of Gran Turismo 6 without the release of the usual Prologue release (Okay…. this MAY just be wishful thinking for now…). To be released during the holiday season, this news was unveiled by series creator Kazunori Yamauchi at an event held in the United Kingdom to celebrate the franchises 15th Anniversary.
They hope that this latest installment will bring new levels of authenticity to the driving simulator, as well as introducing a new set of tracks and cars alongside a revised user interface. A new compact game engine will improve operation and increase the flexibility to expand it with downloadable content. Meanwhile, the game is also set for expanded connectivity with other devices such as smart phones and tablets and increased social and community functions.
Good thing is that with the new numbered installment… that they won’t be dumping all that they built up for GT5, with all of the cars and tracks to be retained. Of course, there will be new additions to the line-up of historic cars, road cars and the latest race cars to bring the total up to 1,200 at launch. Several thousand aerodynamic parts and custom wheels will be available for almost all cars, and players can personalize their own custom cars in game to the greatest ever level possible. In addition, the UK’s famous Silverstone Circuit will be just one of seven new locations in Gran Turismo 6, taking the total to 33, with 71 different layouts available, 19 of them brand new. There will also be regular additions of new tracks set to be made available online. The improved course maker function will provide gorgeous scenery spanning several tens of square kilometers including the magnificent backdrop of Andalucía.
Kazunori Yamauchi | Creator of Gran Turismo series
It is amazing to think that it is 15 years since we first released Gran Turismo. Things have changed a lot since then and now Gran Turismo 6 is a further evolution of my dream. We’re pleased to deliver GT6 to PlayStation 3 as we have a very loyal community on that platform. However, we have refactored the game to make it very flexible and expandable, with a view to making many future developments. I am very pleased with everything about the new game and the new additions, but the launch will be only the beginning for GT6. The game will continue to develop throughout its life. I already have many ideas for things I want to achieve in the next 15 years of Gran Turismo!
Must admit… I am a little bit surprised they chose not to release this on the Playstation 4 as well….