At the 15th anniversary celebration of Gran Turismo, Sony and its legendary game designer Kazunori Yamauchi announced that Gran Turismo 6, the next installment to the GT franchise will be released at the end of 2013; in time for the holiday season. The best-selling Playstation title was made available for PlayStation 3 despite earlier rumors that it would only be available for the newer PlayStation 4 following the announcement of the new console.
Sony has revealed that GT6 will see many enhancements, improvements and additions to the game giving an even more realstic experience to 'the Real Driving Simulator'. Some new features revealed at the event were new cars and tracks as well as an overhauled user interface. GT6 will run on a new engine, which will improve game operation. They also revealed that the game will include expanded connectivity with other devices, and increased social and community functions.
"It is amazing to think that it is 15 years since we first released Gran Turismo," said Kazunori Yamauchi, during the announcement at Silverstone Circuit.
The cars and tracks from Gran Turismo 5 will succeed to the new installation with new vehicles added to make the total number of cars to 1,200. More options will also be available for car customization according to the developer. Seven new tracks will be added to GT6, with Silverstone as one of them; the total number of tracks will be 33 with 71 different layouts available.
Enhancements and improvements also extend to a much-improved course maker function, which will provide several kilometers of gorgeous scenery, including the magnificent backdrop of Andalucía. The course maker will also include a new GPS data feature, which will increase the freedom of track creation in the game.
"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," added Yamauchi.
"I am very pleased with everything about the new game and the new additions, but the launch will only be 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!" Yamauchi concluded.
Sony said that it will reveal more details about the game at the upcoming E3 and Gamescom events.