We know it\'s only May, but go send Santa an e-mail already. Sony Computer Entertainment and Polyphony Digital have confirmed a holiday 2013 release for Gran Turismo 6. And you won\'t have to buy a new console for it--the game will be for the PlayStation 3 instead of the upcoming PS4.
The announcement was made at the Silverstone Circuit this week, during an event to celebrate the 15th year of the beloved driving-simulation series (raise your hand if you were already of gaming age when the first iteration was released). \"It is amazing to think that it has been 15 years since we first released Gran Turismo,\" said creator Kazunori Yamauchi. \"Things have changed a lot since then, and now Gran Turismo 6 is a further evolution of my dream.\"
He added: \"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.\"
This sixth iteration of \"the Real Driving Simulator\" boasts a \"new rendering engine that pushes the limits of the PS3\"; a revised physics engine developed in partnership with Yokohama Rubber and KW Automotive; an initial 1,200 cars apart from new ones to be continually added online; 33 locations and 71 layouts at launch time (seven and 19 more, respectively, than on Gran Turismo 5); and a new course maker and user interface. The game will also have smartphone, tablet and PC compatibility.
\"I am very pleased with everything about the new game and the new additions, but the launch will only be the beginning for GT6,\" Yamauchi promised. \"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!\"
The demo version will be released concurrent with the launch of the 2013 GT Academy this July. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the official concept video below, as well as on the lifelike images that follow.
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