Gran Turismo 6 Officially Announced, Releasing This Holiday On The PS3 With A Demo In July

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Celebrating fifteen years of Gran Turismo, Polyphony Digital announced today that the next iteration to the GT series is ready and will be crossing the lines later this year on the PlayStation 3.

As expected, Gran Turismo 6 was announced. The game is set to release on the Playstation 3 this year, while the first demo will be released this upcoming July in corresponding to the 2013 GT Academy Tournament. The game features a renewed engine, which will “clean up” the current engine making it smoother for future uses. All of the tracks and cars from GT5 will be included, along with some additional new ones bringing the total count to 33 tracks, with 77 different layouts, and over 1200 cars. GT6 will also feature a whole new layout, along with new features such as GPS to help track and improve you’re driving.

Key points discussed during the anniversary

Cars featured on the GT6 Silverstone demo:

  • 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

Summary of new Gran Turismo 6 features announced by Kazunori Yamauchi:

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 tire model
  • New aerodynamics model
  • Technical partnership with Yokohama Rubber and KW Automotive

1200 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 personalized custom car in the game.
  • Cars will be continually added online

33 locations, 71 layouts

  • 33 Locations and 71 layouts will be provided from day1 (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

Check out the trailer below.

There’s no word whether or not GT6 will get a PS4 release, though it wouldn’t be surprising if it didn’t as there has always been two Gran Turismo main titles released each PlayStation generation.