‘Grand Turismo 6’ is one of those titles that have been in and out of the rumor mill for quite some time now. Initially slipped from a Sony EU executive than listed by on-line retailers, Grand Turismo 6 is one of the worst kept gaming secrets of 2013.
This morning we get official confirmation via an early press release from Sony South Africa. The press release was released early, and Sony quickly released an embargo on the information. The press release states the following:
“GT6 for PlayStation 3 will bring new levels of authenticity to ‘the Real Driving Simulator’ as well as introducing stunning new tracks and cars and a revised user interface,” a press statement read.
“A new compact game engine will improve operation and increase the flexibility to expand it with downloadable content.”
The game is also set for connectivity with devices such as smartphones and tablets for social and community functions.
All of the cars and tracks from Gran Turismo 5 will be retained in GT6. But notable additions to the line-up of historic cars, road cars and the latest race cars, brings the total car list to 1200 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 personalise their own custom cars in-game as well.
The UK’s Silverstone Circuit will be one of seven new locations in Gran Turismo 6, taking the total to 33, with 71 different layouts available, 19 of them being new.
New tracks are also set to be made available online, while the course maker has also seen improvements.
The press statement confirmed that the GT Academy series, which sees Nissan and Sony team up to find real racing drivers, will be returning.
Other notable partnerships in the development of GT6 have been with tyre manufacturer Yokohama Rubber and suspension company KW Automotive.
“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.”
So there you have it, Gran Turismo 6: 1200 Cars. 77 Tracks. Social features on mobile & tablets. Make your own GPS Tracks. Impressive, only as the Grand Turismo series could do.
‘Grand Turismo 6’ is expected to be officially revealed at the 15th anniversary event on May 15th at Silverstone Grand Prix. Let me know what you think about Sony bringing Grand Turismo 6 to the PlayStation 3 instead of their next generation console.
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