Recently Polyphony Digital held an event at Silverston circuit to celebrate 15 years of Gran Turismo, and Kazunori Yamauchi dropped some rather big news: Gran Turismo 6 is coming for the Playstation 3 before the end of 2013. The previous edition GT5 sold over 10 million copies since it was released in 2010 and the series as a whole sold 70 million copies making it the Playstation’s biggest selling franchise.
Grand Turismo was the first game of its kind and the reason many automotive enthusiasts selected the Playstation. That was certainly what happened in my case. The game is so well executed that it has helped identify drivers who are skilled enough to race in real life though Nissan’s GT Academy, climbing the podium in races like Le Mans, Dubai, and on the famed Nürburgring.
GT6 will launch with 33 locations, seven more than GT5, and 71 track layouts. The racing engine is also said to utilize new in-game physics, which Sony claims “pushes the limits of the PS3.” All of the cars and tracks from GT5 will be retained in GT6. However, notable new additions to the already impressive line-up of historic cars, road cars and the latest race cars, brings the total car list to 1,200 at launch. Several thousand aerodynamic parts and custom wheels will be available for almost all cars.