It’s virtually impossible to deny how important the Gran Turismo series is to PlayStation platforms. Over the course of nine core games – all developed by Sony-owned Japanese studio Polyphony Digital – the Gran Turismo franchise has sold around 70 million copies. That is a staggering number, made all the crazier when you consider that these games can only be played on PlayStation platforms.
What does all of that mean, exactly? Well, Gran Turismo is clearly a big deal. It’s the best-selling racing series in the history of video games by a mile (pardon the pun), andGran Turismo 6 is almost certain to pull similar numbers to other games in the series. So we thought we’d get you all caught up on Gran Turismo 6, since chances are if you own a PlayStation product, you care.
So, here’s everything we know.
We knew Gran Turismo 6 was in development back in 2010, but the game was officially revealed on May 15th following an official tease the week before.
Believe it or not, Gran Turismo 6 is a PlayStation 3 game. That’s not to say it won’t move to PS4 (see below for more), but it is to say that if you want to play it in 2013, you’ll need to do so on your PS3. This isn’t a huge surprise – Gran Turismo 5 is PS3’s best-selling exclusive and there are some 75 million PS3s out there – but still, it was disappointing for those wanting to play it on a next-gen console.
Well, there’s always Evolution Studio’s DriveClub.
GT6 will come packing every car, track and more found in Gran Turismo 5, and a whole bunch more. You can try it out for yourself this July when a demo for it launches on PlayStation Network.
Gran Turismo 6 isn’t new. It’s been long-confirmed: Sony admitted it was in developmentback in November of 2010, mere months after GT5 launched to great critical and commercial success. In 2012, a crew from Polyphony Digital went to Bathurst to map the track there, and basically admitted it was for Gran Turismo 6.
Heck, it was even rumored that Gran Turismo would come to PS Vita, something still very much in the realm of possibility. (It would certainly be a system seller for the struggling handheld.)
But of course, the most convincing evidence that basically confirmed GT6’s existence as a PlayStation 3 game in particular came from none other than Sony executive Michael Denny, when he candidly spoke about the game earlier this year. Of course, Sony wouldn’t confirm it at the time, but Denny basically let the cat out of the bag.
And now, we know Gran Turismo 6 is real.
So here’s the thing: PlayStation 4 already has an exclusive racing game coming calledDriveClub. With the rumors that GT6 would come to PS3, it made perfect sense that Sony wouldn’t put both games out on the same system. After all, both games are simulation-style racers with heavily overlapping audiences. And frankly, Gran Turismo 6 would very likely cannibalize DriveClub’s sales.
But worry not. In a conversation with famous Gran Turismo creator and designer Kazunori Yamauchi, it was confirmed that Gran Turismo 6 is ‘in mind’ for PS4.
“We actually do have a PlayStation 4 version in mind,” Yamauchi admitted, “but for this holiday season, we thought it would be best for users to release on PS3 for now.”
In other words, don’t be surprised if the game migrates to PlayStation 4 – it seems like a near certainty -- but don’t expect it any time soon, either.
Gran Turismo 5 was a smash hit at retail, and a lot of that success came from Polyphony Digital’s longtime support of the game through DLC, which is still coming out to this day. Sony and Polyphony are planning similar treatment for Gran Turismo 6, undoubtedly one of PlayStation’s biggest cash cows on the digital front.
Sony’s Jim Ryan noted that, “I think we cut our teeth on DLC with GT5, and had some reasonably good success. We definitely have a desire to take that to a whole different level [with Gran Turismo 6].” The interview went on to note that, “Monteziation is obviously a very important part of that, just in terms of business, but equally important is providing an ability to have sustained, ongoing engagement with the consumer over months and months, so they feel wrapped up in this whole GT world.”
Translation: Lots of DLC is coming.
Sure! For more Gran Turismo 6 goodness, read our PlayStation Perspective on whyGran Turismo 6 on PS3 makes sense, or our full retrospective of the Gran Turismo series.