Gran Turismo 6 official, coming to PlayStation 3 this holiday
posted on 05.15.13 at 12:09 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Watch the debut trailer and see the first screenshots.

Following a broken embargo this morning, Sony and Polyphony Digital have confirmed Gran Turismo 6 is coming to PlayStation 3 this holiday season.

As detailed earlier, the racer will feature all of Gran Turismo 5‘s vehicles, as well as new vehicles, bringing the car total up to 1,200. Players wil be able to customize their cars with “several thousand aerodynamic parts and custom wheels” for “almost all cars.” The game will also include all of Gran Turismo 5‘s tracks, on top of seven new locations, including the UK’s Silverstone Circuit.

The game is being developed on a new “compact” engine promised to “improve operation and increase the flexibility” to expand the racer with download content. More cars and tracks are expected to be added post-launch.

“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.”

He continued, “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!”

Find a summary of the game’s features below:

New Game Engine

  • Refactoring
  • Compact, nimble operation
  • Flexible expandability
  • A new rendering engine that pushes the limits of the PS3

New Physics Engine

  • New suspension and kinematics model
  • New tyre model
  • New aerodynamics model
  • Technical partnership with Yokohama Rubber and KW Automotive

1,200 Cars, abundant custom parts, and on-going DLC

  • From historic cars to the latest racing cars, the game contains a total of 1200 cars.
  • Multiple aerodynamic parts and custom wheels will be available for almost all cars.
  • Players can create their own personalised custom car in the game.
  • Cars will be continually added online

33 locations, 71 layouts

  • 33 Locations and 71 layouts will be provided from day 1 (7 more locations and 19 more layouts than GT5)
  • More new tracks will continue to be provided online

New Course Maker

  • Massive scenery spanning several tens of square kilometers
  • A new course generation algorithm

Community/Club/Race Organizer

  • Players can form their own communities
  • Various community levels from local and domestic to global
  • Players themselves can create and manage their own online events

New User Interface

  • Balancing directional key operation and touch operation
  • Quick response
  • Shortening of loading times

Multi Device Compatibility

  • PlayStation
  • Smart Phone
  • Tablet
  • PC

In other Gran Turismo-related news, Sony shared new series sales figures. Gran Turismo 5 sales have topped 10 million units, and series sales in total have exceeded 70 million.

Watch the debut trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.

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  • Raoni Marques

    Wow, coming out so soon after the announcement? That’s great, but it’s also bad that I’ll have another game to spend money on and too bad it’s not coming for Vita too…

    • bloodiOS

      I believe they have been working on the game since the completion of its predecessor, so it does sound pretty reasonable.

      • Raoni Marques

        Yeah, you probably are right. I just hope it doesn’t take get postponed like GT 5

  • Sal Romano

    Just a note: there are only 18 images in the gallery so far from Sony America. Working on getting the better batch of 140-something from Sony Europe. DLing.

    • Raoni Marques

      Can’t wait for it, Sal!

      • Sal Romano

        They’re all up!

  • Derpazu

    Why not a PS4 launch title?!

    • Raoni Marques

      It probably would cost a lot more and since it would be a launch title, the install base would be waaaay smaller than the already established ps3, making way less money. Besides, they only used the ps3 engine for a single game, if I’m not mistaken.
      They probably will need a new one, or an upgraded one for ps4.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Because Drive Club’s already filling that spot.

    • bloodiOS

      This game was intended for the PS3 since day one, so the textures, the models and other features would have to be thoroughly repolished as not to waste the PS4’s significantly more powerful specs. So chances are that Polyphony Digital is probably going to be releasing a vastly enhanced version of the game once they’re satisfied with the beautification and they’re probably doing that as we speak.

  • DesmaX

    So soon? Impossible, that goes against the laws of the universe

    But, anyway, this one looks sweet, hope Online Multiplayer will be worth it this time around (Barely used it on GT5)

  • Souter

    Looks awesome Can’t wait! Another good game coming out this year ^^

  • DarthBrian

    Stick it in my veins, Kaz. Stick…it…in….my…veins. <3 <3 <3

  • Kurisu Makise

    So it’s all official, Gran Turismo 6 Holiday 2013 for PS3. At the same time as DriveClub for PS4 this holiday. Totally called it, Evolution being railroaded in the worse way possible. Then to add insult to injury, compatible with multiple devices…except PS Vita.

    • bloodiOS

      Based on the size of GT5, I’m not sure how they could fit any of its successors into >4GB storage space without heavy compromises.

      • Kurisu Makise

        You’d be surprised what a smaller resolution and scaling assets/textures can do. Looking at the goal of making a more compact engine, I think that speaks to what’s needed for a GT Vita but there is none, not even a companion app like tablets/smartphones.

    • Elvick

      Honestly I’m glad it’s not on PS Vita. The more I think about it, the more I’d rather have a GT be able to take advantage of what the PS Vita has to offer. Not a “make it work” scenario like NFS: Most Wanted. And while that port is great, it’s still got many sacrifices.

      So, here’s hoping we get an exclusive GT on Vita. And not in 5 years.

      edit; Unless they could somehow take advantage of PS Vita with a ‘from the ground up’ version with all the same content. That’d be fine by me.

      • MosquitoLemon

        That’s true, but to be fair, GT4 pushed the limits of the PS2, and the PSP was actually able to handle a large chunk of it. But for the inability to use a racing wheel, GT for PSP is a fantastic port – they even upgraded the physics engine to be closer to GT5.

      • Kurisu Makise

        “Compact, nimble operation”
        “Flexible expandability”

        Things you’d want from a ground up GT on PS Vita, yes? Followed by:

        Quick response
        Shortening of loading times

        Yeah, it’s all there, everything needed for portable racing and better yet Cross-play driving experience. That would have made some sense from a scheduling standpoint, with a bundle. From there, you give Drive Club a Vita app for the holidays too since it can probably remote play DriveClub just fine but you might want to schedule in games and stuff. Disasters mitigated.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    I get the strong feeling that there’ll be an enhanced version coming out later for PS4. there is a listing on a Nordic gaming website

    • 罪罰

      I’d be cool with that! Enhanced for me.

  • bleach630

    R.I.P PS4
    Sony are just way too morons to perfect a console launch, they have to screw things up in away or another.

  • 罪罰

    I’m not going to hype myself like I did with GT5, but I’m definitely getting this. I need my racing sim fix.That is if I can shell out money for a racing wheel.

    • MosquitoLemon

      Yeah, it’s tough though because every time I get a wheel I have to build a little seat/cabinet to keep it steady.

  • Prodigy-X

    BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! No PS4 version

    F Ur Disagrees

  • MosquitoLemon

    I was hoping for a more robust course maker – it’d be awesome if GT became the Little Big Planet of racing games (though obviously they’d have to take shared content down all the time because you’d have people recreating every circuit on the planet).

    Still I wasn’t bothered by the one from GT5, and any enhancements are welcome.

  • AdamBoy64

    Sounds good.
    Doesn’t seem like much of a jump between 5 and 6, as opposed to the jump between 4 and 5. Seems more like an add-on – or a refinement of 5, almost.
    I think it’ll be good though.

  • PrinceHeir

    will wait for GT6 Complete Edition PS4 with all DLC’s and all that content!

  • Raiu

    Seen this coming… Wouldn’t make sense if two racing games are debuted on a single platform(PS4)…