As expected, Sony and Polyphony Digital have finally confirmed that Gran Turismo 6 is in development after months of speculation. The highly anticipated racer is due out towards the end of 2013, but only on PS3 as previously rumored. It means for now, there will not be a next-gen PS4 version, or indeed a handheld version for the PS Vita.
The game is to be developed on a new engine, which Polyphone Digital claims will push the limits of the PS3 hardware. A new physics engine will also be utilized, as well as building on the track and car numbers significantly, compared to what we saw in GT 5. It also seems that there will be no Prologue release as well, so is it the right move?
Polyphony Digital has said that a PS4 version could be made in the future, but their main reasoning behind bringing the game to PS3 was to give something back to the current install base. Sony has also chimed in on this by saying that a 70 million install base on PS3, compared to zero on PS4 would make sense in terms of economic potential.
The game doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will be out in the Holiday season so it could launch alongside the release of the PS4. To keep fans busy, a GT6 demo has already confirmed to be releasing sometime in July, giving players access to some of the new cars in the game, as well as the Silverstone track.
While it is obviously great to see continued support for the PS3, is there perhaps a greater disappointment over the fact that a PS Vita or PS4 version will not be coming soon? There is still a chance that a PS Vita announcement could come at E3 2013, but it looks slim at the moment.
Watch the teaser trailer above and give us your initial reaction to Gran Turismo 6 on PS3. More details coming soon.
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