Despite hearing rumors about Gran Turismo 6's announcement for the PlayStation 3 over the past, well, months, it's still rather stunning to hear it officially. Today, Sony and Polyphony Digital announced the next iteration in the Gran Turismo franchise. Gran Turismo 6 will be coming to the PlayStation 3 this holiday season. Brand new engine, overhauled user interface, and tons of new tracks and cars, but the things is -- it's only announced for the PlayStation 3.
How does one of the most critically acclaimed racing franchises, touting itself as, "the Real Driving Simulator," known as a measuring post for graphics each and every console generation, land on an old console generation as we switch to a new? Well, it doesn't sound like we've heard the entirety of the plan, it turns out. GT creator Kazunori Yamauchi elaborated:
"It is amazing to think that it is 15 years since we first released Gran Turismo. Things have changed a lot since then and now Gran Turismo 6 is a further evolution of my dream. We’re pleased to deliver GT 6 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 only be 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!"
The question now becomes: Did Sony just realize they couldn't get Gran Turismo 6 done for the PlayStation 4 in time for launch and decide to rush a PlayStation 3 version instead? Or perhaps Gran Turismo 6 development took much too long and so they're rushing to get a PlayStation 4 version done to release shortly after the PS3 version's release? Or who the heck knows, because this is all entirely too odd.
Back to the details. According to the announcement all cars and tracks from Gran Turismo 5 will be returning, but with several additions to bring the car lineup to over 1,200. That's a lot of cars. The devs also claim they're ramping up the customization options for players. Seven new tracks are also being added, including the Silverstone Circuit in the UK, where today's Gran Turismo event too place. Total tracks now equal 33. That adds up to 71 different layouts, 19 of them brand spanking new.
Gran Turismo 6 is planned for release this holiday season on the PlayStation 3. Expect more news information as we go into E3 Gamescom. They've got to announce this bad boy for PlayStation 4, right? They're really going to launch a Gran Turismo game on an old console to compete with Drive Club on their new console? What is even going on?