Sony teased an image last week that lead to speculation of a new Gran Turismo game. It’s been 15 years since the first game was released so we either expected the new game, or just a homage to 15 years of the franchise. We can now officially announce that it is in fact the one we all hoped for; Gran Turismo 6.
Kazunori Yamauchi the mastermind behind the Gran Turismo series announced the game today at the UK’s Silverstone circuit. Yamauchi says Gran Turismo 6 will feature an all new, flexible rendering engine, along side that it’ll also include a brand new physics and suspension engine which is currently being developed in partnership with Yokohama and KW Automotive.
Gran Turismo will bring new levels of authenticity to ‘the Real Driving Simulator’ as well as introducing stunning new tracks and cars and a revised user interface. A new compact game engine will improve operation and increase the flexibility to expand it with downloadable content. The game is also planning to integrate smartphones and tablets for a more socially connected gaming experience.
Those of your familiar with Gran Turismo 5 will be pleased to know that all of the cars and tracks featured in that title will be retained in Gran Turismo 6 along with a ton of new additions with an impressive line-up of historic cars, road cars and the latest race cars, brings the total car list to 1200 at launch.
“It is amazing to think that it is 15 years since we first released Gran Turismo,” explained Kazunori Yamauchi, during the announcement at Silverstone Circuit. “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!”
With the game being announced by Yamauchi at Silverstone we can expect the UK’s most famous race track to feature in GT6 along with seven new locations in GT 6, taking the total to 33, with 71 different layouts available, 19 of them brand new.
The game seems like it’s got big ambitions and if previous GT titles are anything to go by we can certainly expect those big ambitions to become a reality when it’s launched. There’s an abundance of information due to be announce at E3 in the next few months so look out for that!
Gran Turismo 6 certainly looks like a strong contender for one of the best racing titles this year. We can expect Gran Turismo exclusively on the PlayStation 3 with a release window in time for the PlayStation 4 when it’s released.