Sony Computer Entertainment has made it official: The latest version of PlayStation's best-selling franchise, "Gran Turismo 6," or "GT6," will be released this Christmas. Legendary "Gran Turismo" creator Kazunori Yamauchi made the announcement recently at an event celebrating 15 years of the 70-million-selling series.
"GT6" for PlayStation 3 will bring new levels of authenticity to the Real Driving Simulator, as well as stunning new tracks and cars and a revised user interface. A new compact game engine will improve operation and increase the flexibility to expand it with downloadable content. Meanwhile, the game is also set for expanded connectivity with other devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and increased social and community functions.
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 lineup of historic cars, road cars and race cars bring 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 custom cars in-game to the greatest levels yet.
The UK's famous Silverstone Circuit will be just one of seven new locations, taking the total to 33, with 71 different layouts available, 19 of them brand new. There will also be regular additions of new tracks online. The improved course maker function will provide gorgeous scenery spanning several tens of square kilometers, including the magnificent backdrop of Andalucia.
The franchise's innovative collaborations with partner companies will increase as well. A number of exciting new projects that blur the line between the virtual and real will be announced in the run up to the game's launch, not the least of which is GT Academy, a collaboration with Nissan to unearth real racing driver talent that first ran in 2008. It was also announced that the competition returns for its biggest year ever, with the entry mechanic set to take place on an exclusive "GT6" demo in July.
"It is amazing to think that it has been 15 years since we first released 'Gran Turismo,'" explained Yamauchi. "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' ... and 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 be only the beginning. 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 celebration included a demo that featured Silverstone, and guests were able to play the game in the familiar "Gran Turismo" race pods before having a chance to take to the real track in cars provided by Audi, Ford, Jaguar, KTM, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota.
Further info about "GT6" will be revealed at the forthcoming E3 and Gamescom events and on http://www.gran-turismo.com. #GT6iscoming
For the latest information about videogames, visit http://www.gamerhub.tvCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun