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