Sony has officially announced Gran Turismo 6 for release on PS3 this Christmas.
The game will feature all of the cars and tracks from Gran Turismo 5, with fresh historic, road and race vehicles bringing the total car count to 1200 at launch. Thousands of custom wheels and aerodynamic parts will be available.
The UK's Silverstone Circuit will appear in the game for the first time in the series' history. It will be one of seven new locations, taking the total to 33, with 71 different layouts available, 19 of them new. Fresh cars and tracks will be made available as post release DLC.
Social and community features for the game will be supported on smartphones and tablets.
The GT Academy competition, which is designed to unearth real racing driver talent, will also return in 2013, with the entry mechanic set to take place on an exclusive GT6 demo in July.
Today's press release states: "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 new compact game engine will improve operation and increase the flexibility to expand it with downloadable content."
Series creator Yamauchi says: "It is amazing to think that it is 15 years since we first released Gran Turismo. 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. I am very pleased with everything about the new game and the new additions, but the launch will be only 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."
At a special 15th anniversary event taking place at Silverstone Circuit today, Yamauchi discussed the game further.
"The game engine will be renewed for GT6, we'll be cleaning it up, making it smoother for the future," he said. "The rendering engine will be completely renewed for GT6.
"[There] will be a revamped physics engine, new suspension, tyre and aerodynamics modelling."
"There will be a new course maker, spanning several tens of square kilometres."
The original Gran Turismo launched in Japan in December 1997 before releasing globally the following year. Gran Turismo is Sony's best-selling franchise to date with unit sales of 70 million, almost half of which have been made in Europe, the platform holder said today.
Further news about Gran Turismo 6 will be revealed at the forthcoming E3 and Gamescom events, Sony said.
Summary of new Gran Turismo 6 features announced by Kazunori Yamauchi:
New Game Engine
- 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
- 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
- Smart Phone
Cars featured on the GT6 Silverstone demo (* denotes new to Gran Turismo):
- 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