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Gran Turismo 6 Confirmed, All The Details

The PlayStation 3 gets one last racer, no mention of a PS4 version.

It’s been a long road to this day for Gran Turismo fans, but today Sony have confirmed that Gran Turismo 6 is indeed real, and it’s coming to PlayStation 3 at the end of this year with a completely new “core” and entirely refactored code making it less complex and more future proof than GT5 was.

That refreshed code includes a new rendering engine, new physics engine and tyre model as well as a new aerodynamics model. They’re using adaptive tessalation, apparently, which should mean less noticeable repetition in background textures and road surfaces.

The series has seen 70 million lifetime sales, with 10 million of those being Gran Turismo 5 on PlayStation 3 and almost half of the sales being in Europe. A truly remarkable figure.

All the cars from GT5 will be returning for Gran Turismo 6, apparently, with plenty more to bolster that line up. It’s not clear whether they will all have the same visual fidelity or if there will be a “Premium Car” situation again, as in the previous release. There will be 1200 cars available at release (200 more than in GT5), although with Kazunori Yamauchi involved, we’ll concede that half of those might be variations on Nissan Skylines!

The game will use tessellation to smooth transition between levels of detail, which is an impressive feat on the PlayStation 3.

There will also be more customisation possibilities, with the first leaked screenshot (from GTPlanet) showing a mercedes SLS AMG with some aero modifications. This will include “several thousand aerodynamic parts and custom wheels for almost all cars” giving more scope for customisation than ever before in a GT game

This will also tie in with the previously hinted desire for a lot of post-release DLC support.

Silverstone will feature, perhaps somewhat obviously given the venue for these announcements. It’s one of seven new locations, bringing the total to 33 locations, with 71 track layouts – 19 of which are new. There will also be regular new track packs via DLC and the course builder offering scenery over “several tens of square miles”.

“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!”

Nissan was there today, too, keen to extol the virtues of the GT Academy program and the talent they’ve uncovered thanks to it. They’re so pleased with how well the Academy is going that this year’s prize will be the biggest ever – a full season racing the GTR GT3 car.

Finally, the official press release is just in and it states that Gran Turismo 6 is being developed for Playstation, Smart Phone, Tablet and PC with the other devices being used to home the series community spaces. Hopefully this all ties into the ability to create your own communities (TSA GT club!) and create your own events for them.

There’s a demo for GT6 playable at Silverstone today. It’ll include the following cars, the starred ones new to the series: Acura NSX ’91, *Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale ’11, *Alpine A110 1600S ’68, *Audi Sport quattro S1 Rally Car ’86, Ferrari 458 Italia ’09, *Ferrari Dino 246 GT ’71, Ford GT ’06, *KTM X-BOW R ’12, Lamborghini Countach LP400 ’74, *Light Car Company Rocket ’07, McLaren MP4-12C ’10, *Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 ’11, Nissan 370Z (Z34) (GT Academy Version) ’08, Nissan 370Z Tuned Car (GT Academy Version) ’08, Nissan GT-R Black edition (GT Academy Version) ’12, *Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 N24 Schulze Motorsport, Nissan Leaf G (GT Academy Version), *Tesla Motors Model S Signature Performance ’12, Toyota 86 GT ‘12

  1. theshockwave
    Since: Nov 2008

    Who’ll be the first comedian to say it’s going to be delayed?

    Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:03.
    • philzy85
      Since: May 2010

      anti-delay, its going to be out a month early!!!! :P

      Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 19:14.
  2. bmg_123
    Since: Feb 2012

    Sounds like a complete fix of the issues in GT5. Might get this if I don’t get a PS4. But really from the sound of it GT6 is basically a more realistic DriveClub.

    Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:05.
  3. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Longevity of GT6 that they’re aiming for and its community features sound exactly like Drive Club’s

    Given that GT is the system seller I can’t help but feel for Evolution

    Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:05.
    • theshockwave
      Since: Nov 2008

      Don’t think it’s going to stop people buying PS4s, and when they do there’ll only be one racing game they can get at launch. It might delay people’s PS4 purchases, but its not going to put them off completely.

      Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:10.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Nope, but GT is such a big draw it could put plenty off taking the PS4 plunge at launch where race fans would have picked up Drive Club in GT’s PS4 absence.

        Further problem when GT does come to PS4, all the communities (or Drive Clubs if you like) will have been formed and if GT6 has been designed well enough could probably transfer across platforms.

        Just squeezes Evolution… and given such a social name will no doubt require a large install base to build on it could be very damaging for them.

        Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:38.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        It’s also worth pointing out that Sony might struggle to advertise both. They certainly can’t shove both on a banner ad.

        Something tells me DriveClub might be F2P with shit loads of DLC.

        Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 18:07.
      • KeRaSh
        Since: Nov 2009

        Imagine if Drive Club came preinstalled on every PS4…
        A 60$ PS3 game will not keep me from buying a PS4. Not even if it was Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which is my most anticipated game at the moment.
        The PS4 might even come out before GT6 so Drive Club could get some exclusive time and impatient early adopter core gamers will jump into next gen. They’ll then play through the launch line up and once the initial push of games is over they can fall back on GT6.
        There are a million different scenarios. Just because GT6 comes out, the world does not suddenly forget the PS4. It’s a very strong franchise but you might be reading too much into it.

        Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 19:02.
    • colmshan1990
      Since: Apr 2009

      Conversely, GT6 will force racers to embrace community, when many were asking if that was really necessary in Drive Club.

      It lays the foundation.

      Let’s face, if you want to get PS4 who will eventually, and GT6 won’t be on that to compete with Drive Club. But it could get people to embrace Drive Club’s ethos who otherwise weren’t really enthused (I’m a doubter myself).

      Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:19.
  4. KeRaSh
    Since: Nov 2009

    So they worked 5 years on the GT5 engine to only use it for one game. That seems like a waste of resources… The fact that they created a new engine leads me to believe that they had a PS4 up-port in mind.

    Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:11.
    • SilverCider
      Since: Jan 2011

      I imagine that they used a lot of the engine again in this just with further optimisations and some new features

      Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:17.
  5. Adam Garrett
    Community Manager
    Since: Feb 2009

    Features look brilliant, timing of it atrocious. Especially weird as it is release around a month after PS4. PS4 owners would either have to go back to PS3 or just not bother buying a PS4 yet. Unless there is another platform they haven’t announced today of course.

    Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:15.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      No way there’s a PS4 version. They’ve already marginalised DriveClub.

      Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 18:08.
      • Adam Garrett
        Community Manager
        Since: Feb 2009

        Yeah I don’t think there will be, but if there was everything I said becomes invalid.

        Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 18:14.
    • The Avenger
      Since: Oct 2012

      GT’s game engine sounds and looks as though it is heavy on optimizations for the PS3. Unless they have a sub-par port in mind I don’t think we’ll see one.

      I may be wrong, but surely the only major problem would be with people considering selling their PS3s, because they might want to keep them for GT6. I don’t think it’ll make PS3 a contender for people thinking of next gen consoles. If someone’s thinking next gen, then not gonna stop for one game (a marginal few no doubt). If someone has not bought GT5 already, they might not be interested in 6 or even a PS4. In which case sales will inevitably be shared with the Xbox (the new one).

      Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 18:20.
  6. Shadow_lawless
    Since: Aug 2010

    would be really annoying if it still has all the ps2 graphics tracks and cars in it with a black border as “1st person view” -_- like gt5. that really p****d me off, took it back the same because of that alone seemed like the game was largely unfinished

    Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:18.
  7. Shadow_lawless
    Since: Aug 2010

    Pretty sure it will be releasing on PS4. no way all the graphics in that trailer were rendered on a ps3 (thats assuming they are infact playing graphics)

    Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:21.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Polyphony normally use prerendered bits in trailers.

      Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 18:09.
    • Kennykazey
      Since: Mar 2010

      Looks like Photomode footage.

      Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 18:20.
    • JohnnyBoy
      Since: Oct 2010

      They are definitely rendered – I’ve never seen Silverstone that sunny

      Comment posted on 16/05/2013 at 08:31.
  8. ron_mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    Excellent, some very sensible bits of progression from GT5. It’s nice of them to acknowledge the most anal of shortcomings in the graphics, GT games must have massive appeal amongst the most anal of us haha. It’s it’s got Spa on launch then I’m there, fingers crossed.

    Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:25.
  9. cam the man
    Since: May 2009

    It’s up on ShopTo to order, already.
    Hope the cars are all premium this time.

    Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:45.
  10. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    What’s reassuring for me is that if they are launching such a high-profile game so late in the PS3’s lifecycle, it confirms continued support for the console at least for a while after PS4 launches.

    Comment posted on 15/05/2013 at 17:48.

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