The software announcements just keep coming for the PlayStation 4 — even when they’re not officially for the console — as Sony today unveiled that Gran Turismo 6 will ship this holiday season. The PS3 is essentially guaranteed to get the game, but in light of the PS4 shipping sometime this holiday season, it’s all but certain that Sony’s next-gen console will see Gran Turismo 6 as well.
All of the cars and tracks from Gran Turismo 5, which has sold over 10 million copies since launching in 2010, will be retained in GT6. But notable new additions to the already impressive line-up of historic cars, road cars and the latest race cars, brings the total car list to 1,200 at launch, with new cars set to be continually added online. Several thousand aerodynamic parts and custom wheels will be available for almost all cars, and players can personalize their own custom cars in game to the greatest ever level possible.
GT6 won’t just be a rehash, though, as it will also introduce new tracks and cars and a revised user interface. A new compact game engine will improve operation and allow expansion via downloadable content. Meanwhile, GT6 is also set for expanded connectivity with other devices such as smart phones and tablets and increased social and community functions.
Again, Sony only officially announced GT6 for PS3, but it’s got to appear for the PS4 as well. To not do so would put potential PS4 sales behind the eight ball.
The UK’s famous Silverstone Circuit will be just one of seven new locations in Gran Turismo 6, taking the total to 33, with 71 different layouts available, 19 of them brand new. There will also be regular additions of new tracks set to be made available online. The improved course maker function will provide gorgeous scenery spanning several tens of square kilometers, including the magnificent backdrop of Andalucia.
A new GT Academy collaboration with Nissan, which first ran in 2008, will return for its biggest ever year in 2013, with the entry mechanic set to take place on an exclusive GT6 demo in July.
At a celebration of GT’s 15th anniversary, Sony ran a GT6 demo at Silverstone that featured the famous circuit. Cars featured on the GT6 Silverstone demo (* denotes new to Gran Turismo):
- 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
From historic cars to the latest racing cars, the game contains a total of 1,200 cars. Multiple aerodynamic parts and custom wheels will be available for almost all of them, and players can create their own personalized/custom car as well. Cars will be continually added online. All vehicles will have a new suspension and kinematics model, as well as a new aerodynamics model.