Gran Turismo 6 coming to PS3 later this year
Yesterday evening, Sony announced the future of Gran Turismo at the franchise’s 15th Anniversary event at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix. It turns out that its future is in Gran Turismo 6, which (as has been widely reported across the internet over the last few weeks) is coming to PS3 this winter.
Kazunori Yamauchi, CEO of Tokyo-based developer Polyphony Digital, was at Silverstone to reveal the debut trailer and the first tantalising details about the upcoming game.
The Gran Turismo franchise has sold in excess of 70 million copies, and is well known for both its huge scope and unsurpassed attention to detail; and it looks like Gran Turismo 6 is destined to continue that legacy. Content-wise, it will include all the cars from Gran Turismo 5 and add 200 more into the mix, bringing the total amount of vehicles to a ridiculous 1200. Silverstone will be one of seven new locations, bringing the total to 33 with 71 track variations.
Other new features include improved customisation, an enhanced course editor, an updated user interface, and increased social and community functions. However, all of this will only be the beginning. Kazunori-san has alluded to an extensive post-launch DLC schedule:
“I am very pleased with everything about the new game and the new additions, but the launch will only be 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!”
On the technical side, the game has been built with entirely new rendering and physics engines. It will also be utilising adaptive tessellation, a rendering technique rarely used outside of PC development that allows for smoother models and textures. Basically, it should look awesome!
At the event itself, the PS3 was the only console mentioned. However, Kazunori-san has since mentioned that he and the team at Polyphony Digital haven’t ruled out the possibility of a PS4 release of Gran Turismo 6. Watch this space!