With a grand total of 70 million units sold worldwide (and counting)—10 million of those being strictly GT5 sales—it’s safe to say that Gran Turismo is truly one of the best driving games of all time. And Sony Computer Entertainment is ready to kick it up a notch. A select group of media was invited from across the globe to meet at the Silverstone Circuit in the UK and meet with the man himself, Kazunori Yamauchi, the CEO of Polyphony Digital and producer of the entire GT series, as he proudly announced that GT6 is in development and will be ready come this December for the PS3 console.
So what’s in store for GT6? First and foremost is an all-new game engine, which Kazunori has said will really push the limits of the PS3 because of its extreme rendering capabilities. The physics of the game have been changed dramatically; features like suspension, tires and aero have all been improved, and that’s because they worked with companies, Yokohama Tires and KW to help develop physics that are more true to life. Roughly 1,200 cars are going to be included in GT6 and that means plenty of customized parts and on-going DLC (downloadable content) for those of you who like to build their cars with aftermarket performance in mind. They’re adding seven more locations (including Silverstone) and 71 course layouts, not to mention a custom course maker, which will allow you to create the dream track you’ve always wanted.
GT6 will also feature something new called Edge Effect, a feature that can place actual and virtual activity together so that you can see the chemical reactions between the two worlds. So, for example, a Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ (Toyota 86/GT86) can take its CAN-ECU and have its data pulled and “replayed” through GT6. There will be plenty of opportunities to also race other players in a variety of online community events whether they be local, domestic or even global. Your PS3 not good enough? GT6 will also become available for play on some smart phones, tablets and PC. More collaborations will be announced shortly at E3 and Gamescom.
Naturally, Sony had a lot more on-hand for us than the announcement of GT6. To take advantage of our beautiful surroundings, we were given the opportunity to take a couple laps as a passenger in Sony’s GT Academy race 370Zs, as well as a couple more with us in the drivers seat (GT-R baby!). We also had the chance to meet several of the GT Academy drivers, who were all at one point just regular guys who just happened to be really good at playing Gran Turismo, and were invited out to join NISMO’s special collaboration to see if they can hold their own on the race track, in actual cars. Let’s just say that several of these guys have done very well because of their game training and have moved on to become actual winning drivers!
Now that we know GT6 is coming… are you ready for it?
Additional Photography courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe