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Gran Turismo 6 Pulls onto PlayStation 3 This Holiday

Posted by Sammy Barker

Right around the corner

In characteristically confused fashion, Sony has officially confirmed that it will steer Gran Turismo 6 onto the PlayStation 3 this holiday. Series creator Kazunori Yamauchi made the anticipated announcement at the franchise's anniversary event at Silverstone, England earlier today, confirming that the hotly anticipated sequel will run on an overhauled engine designed with expandability and authenticity in mind.

As rumoured, the title will launch alongside a slew of enhancements intended to reaffirm the franchise’s status as the ‘real driving simulator’. For starters, the physics system has been completely overhauled, allowing for improved suspension, tyre, and aerodynamics modelling. The title will also feature a redesigned user interface, meaning that you’ll no longer need a computer science degree in order to hit the starting grid.

All of the vehicles from Gran Turismo 5 will be included on the disc, alongside a number of noteworthy additions. In total, you’ll have 1,200 cars to select from, and you’ll even be able to customise those rides with various different parts. Sony is aiming to deploy new DLC for the game on a monthly basis, so expect the roster to significantly expand over time.

Furthermore, the title will boast seven new locations, including the famous Silverstone Circuit. There’ll be a total of 33 backdrops in the game, and 71 different layouts. The course maker has also been improved, allowing you to create your own tracks using “tens of square kilometres of gorgeous scenery, including Andalucía”.

Other new features include an online community system, compatibility with smartphones and tablets, and faster loading times. The platform holder’s promising to share more at both E3 and GamesCom, but you’ll be able to test drive the title for yourself in July when a demo is released to coincide with the next GT Academy season. Are you looking forward to getting you driving gloves on the teaser? Let us know in the comments section below.

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charlesnarles

#2

charlesnarles said:

Das coo. Maybe said DLC will include current or even next year's models. I liked 5's physics, so if its even better... : ) Still no PS4/Vita game or classics, tho, eh? One at a time, I suppose (Isn't the entire studio like 12 people?). This holiday is gonna be nucking futs. This summer is gonna be full of fillers tho lol

ViciousDS

#3

ViciousDS said:

Sad, looks like I will be passing on this as I plan to get a PS4 and DriveClub.

ShogunRokAdmin

#4

ShogunRok said:

It'll no doubt be a brilliant game but... this still makes no sense to me with the PS4 supposedly releasing around the same time.

get2sammybAdmin

#5

get2sammyb said:

@ShogunRok I'm now really starting to believe that PS4 is just for the hardcore this year. PS3 is going to remain Sony's 'main' platform over Christmas. Weird, but they're going to sell a LOT of units following inevitable price cut.

ShogunRokAdmin

#6

ShogunRok said:

@get2sammyb Well, Sony is making money either way I suppose! Very strange strategy though, it'll be very interesting to see how the PS4 fares at launch.

rastamadeus

#8

rastamadeus said:

@get2sammyb It'll be that way all next year too. Been saying that since the PS4 reveal. Glad to see I wasn't just a mad barsteward and people are coming round to what I said. I fully expect early 2015 is when Sony will go full hog with the PS4. Better looking versions of games might entice the hardcore and fanboys but until the machine (and the 720) get next gen-only versions of The Big Four (COD, Assassin's Creed, Madden and FIFA) the average casual gamer will simply NOT buy a next gen machine. And I fully expect all four of those to be on this gen next year, for the final year.

BornOfEvil

#9

BornOfEvil said:

If it's coming with all those enhancements, then it would make sense for it to launch on the PS4. Them again, it is possible for them to release an XL edition on PS4. If they do that, then it could help move PS4's by attracting GT fans who won't buy the game until a complete edition comes out. Kind of like him some people are holding off until Netherrealm release a complete version of Injustice.

rastamadeus

#11

rastamadeus said:

@get2sammyb Some will think its a stupid strategy but I think it will work wonders. PS4 will sell in steady numbers - likely unspectacular after the "IT'S HERE!" hype inevitably dies down and when we hit the summer dry patch. All the while though it will be enough to keep it from being a disaster at worst or more hopefully just disappointing. During that time the PS3 at a new lower place gets more owners, likely ones who are upgrading from a Wii or for a child's first own console.

8vpiper

#12

8vpiper said:

No vita love for gt6???
I'm trying to get my head around the Sony first party releases this year. A great send off year for ps3 is good but think they launched too many, most with horrible advertising. Some titles should have been vita only (they sold low numbers anyway)
Prime example is Puppeteer. It looks very intriguing definite day 1 for me, but i don't actually think it shift very good numbers and again no vita version.(stand to be corrected on that one) Rain I think should also be one of those cross buy titles.
My biggest gripe at the moment is how they are taking a lot of the gear heads away from drive club. Making them focus on gt6 especially when they are incorporating one of drive clubs main draw cards i.e the social integration.
New engine not sharing resources between Evolution and PD. GT is their only silver bullet and in my humble opinion is not being utilised correctly. I could go on about how they always feel the need to shoot themselves in the foot but, thats for another day.

Sorry for long post

Gamer83

#13

Gamer83 said:

Not surprising but disappointing. It's bad enough they've basically just sabotaged the launch of their upcoming console but to ignore the Vita as well just really pisses me off.

Gamer83

#14

Gamer83 said:

@rastamadeus

Wii U's early sales have been a disaster and that's even with the obvious promise of upcoming games in Nintendo's big franchises. PS4 is going to be even worse with Sony making decisions like this with its biggest seller. It's as dumb a strategy as if MS were to announce Halo 5 for 360 this holiday. They've just handed MS the early momentum and that will have lasting effects.

3Above

#15

3Above said:

Well this makes no sense. I dont know what Sony is doing. Didn't Shuhei Yoshida say that ALL Sony 1st party studios were working on Ps4 titles? I am confused.

rastamadeus

#16

rastamadeus said:

@Gamer83 Casual gamers won't update for GT6. It's that simple. As much as it might sell its not a COD, FIFA, Madden or Assassin's Creed and until those games go next gen-only games will still come out for the PS3 as it will still be ticking over better than nicely.

Gamer83

#17

Gamer83 said:

@3Above

It's typical Sony. I get why third parties are still focusing on this gen but even then most companies have next-gen versions ofgames planned as well. It's Sony's job to sell the PS4 and these idiots just sabotaged it big time. I wouldn't be surprised if it goes the same way as Vita.... Great hardware, good library but it will be mostly smaller indie games missing that one AAA blockbuster to move consoles. By the time they do get one, MS will have Halo 5 lined up and lets be honest outside of GT none of Sony's games come close to pulling in Halo numbers. It's amazing how one company can make a lot of great decisions but then turn around and shoot itself in the foot not too long after. Short of MS making a totally idiotic pricing decision (it won't) what can Sony possibly do to compete at E3?

ViciousDS

#18

ViciousDS said:

Well me and my little brother (12 years old) will have PS4's by the end of the year, who knows maybe parents not wanting to get their kid the new console yet will make finding one easy as hell for me. I know for a fact that the whole cross party chat will be worth the purchase alone as I would love to just chill in a lobby and play my own single player game while chatting with my buddies......it was the reason the Vita is my most used portable device is because of the mobility and it offers cross chat support. I actually at times used the Vita just for the voice party feature and played my ps3 games lol.

3Above

#19

3Above said:

I guess Sony is still in the 360 vs PS3 battle and are hoping to make back some of the money they will loose on PS4. With PS3s lineup it can definitely pull ahead of the 360 worldwide. Still seems like a weird strategy to me.

3Above

#20

3Above said:

@Gamer83 Its hard to think that this one game was going make or break PS4 but it shows a disturbing trend. It looks like PS4 wont get a GT for atleast 3-4 yrs now. Its stupid not go have it be a launch title, having GT6 and PS4 logos together would save on advertising. Now they have to promo GT6 AND Ps4 separately. And where is the Vita version? Even a port of GT5 on the Blupoing engine would have been ok. This wont affect me personally since I dont really play GT but the rest of the world does.

rjejr

#21

rjejr said:

Is anybody else surprised this game was announced just 6 months before release? I thought GT was one of those 18 month lead in games getting announced at E3 the year before it's release?

Makes me think Sony must have something new and big to announce at E3 to help w/ PS4 sales this holiday. They can't have a 1 hour presentation just to pull a towel off of the console. I want to play Knack and inFamous: 2nd Son and hopefully someday The Last Guardian but I'm not buying a $400 system to play them.

Does Assassins Creed really belong w/ COD, Madden and FIFA? Halo maybe, but AC?

Gamer83

#22

Gamer83 said:

@3Above

I thought the PS3 already had pulled ahead? Regardless, you don't take your top seller and release it on your current gen system the same year the new one is set to release and you especially don't launch them so close together. As much as I've criticized Nintendo of America in the past and as much as I've seen some slam Iwata, you'd never see Nintendo be as dumb as to release a flagship Mario game for its current console the same time it launches a new one. MS wouldn't do this with Halo, or even Forza. Stuff like this is why while I prefer the PS brand I've accepted it will never be the market leader again and will likely continue to be second citizen among most third parties.

3Above

#23

3Above said:

@Gamer83 I thought it had too but I heard recently on GameTrailers that 360 was still ahead by 2 mill or so.
Yeah I guess PS may always be #2. Thats ok i guess, it wont make me enjoy their games any less.

3Above

#24

3Above said:

Its weird but we probably should have seen this coming. There is always 2 GT games on each system, GT 1&2 on PS1, GT 3&4 on PS2 and now 5&6 on PS3. So yeah Versus 13......lol

Gamer83

#26

Gamer83 said:

@3Above

Versus 13... LOL for sure. Even if it did come out (likely as FF 15) that series has become such trash. God of War Ascension just came out so you can rule that series out for at least a couple years on PS4 as well. Maybe Insomniac can make a new Ratchet & Clank, not a huge system seller but better than nothing. What Sony needs to do is open the checkbook and beg Rockstar for something exclusive regarding GTA or Red Dead.

BornOfEvil

#27

BornOfEvil said:

I doubt GT6 coming out on PS3 will hurt the PS4. It's actually a smart move, because people aren't going to upgrade just to play one game. Sure some hardcore GT fans would trade up, but the more casual GT fans won't be willing.

As I've said before, Drive Club should be enough to satisfy racing fans until GT7. Releasing GT and Drive Club at the same time would be disastrous for Drive Club, so I don't really see this as a bad thing. Especially since Microsoft is having problems and will most likely have 1 or 2 first party titles at launch.

Splat

#30

Splat said:

I'm not much of a racing fan but I like seeing all these comments on one topic. :)

Ginkgo

#31

Ginkgo said:

I may be interested in GT6 (love GT5), if Buthurst is one of their 7 new locations. They filmed it in March 2012, so there is certainly hope. Excuse to get my logitech wheel out again.

As for why PS3, I honestly think that it is timing. I assume they were too far down the development cycle when they got the PS4 dev kit. To really use it, they would need to build a new engine largely from scratch.

As for Sony's strategy, I have said before I think it is more developer driven, than Sony driven. With the cost of making AAA games today, no one can afford to only release on PS4 (or 720) until after they have sold a enough units. Developers would go broke, because not enough games would sell to recover costs.They have to release for both.
So I agree with rastamadeus that 2015 will be PS3/720s year.

3Above

#32

3Above said:

“We actually do have a PlayStation 4 version in mind, but for this holiday season, we thought it would be best for users to release on PS3 for now.”http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/15/gran-turismo-6-in-mind-for-ps4

Scrible

#33

Scrible said:

Makes perfect sense from a money standpoint, more people will own a ps3 than a ps4 this holiday season, so they will make more money by putting on ps3, same for gta5

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