It’s been a while since the gaming world got a taste of Polyphony Digital’s realistic racing series, Gran Turismo, following the release of Gran Turismo 5 on PlayStation 3 in 2010, but the development team seems to never rest.
Gran Turismo 5 has continued to receive a consistent stream of support with patches and downloadable content over the last few years, and even directly after launch studio head Kazunori Yamauchi revealed he was already thinking about the next game, but we haven’t heard much about this game since.
In a recent interview, however, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Senior Vice President Michael Denny seemingly unwittingly confirmed that Gran Turismo 6 was in the works and is due for release on PlayStation 3 here in 2013.
Pointing out the bright future of the PlayStation 3 following the announcement of the PlayStation 4, Denny said:
“Look at the games coming out on the PlayStation 3 like The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, GT6, and then on the third-party side of things another fantastic Assassin’s Creed, GTA.
“It’s important for our content to have that kind of longevity because, as I was saying [about the PS Vita], the games that come through are going to get better and better over time.”
In response, Sony issued a statement that read:
“In 2010, Kazunori Yamauchi confirmed that Polyphony Digital had commenced development for Gran Turismo 6. We look forward to sharing further details on this title in the near future.”
Was this a mistaken slip on the part of Denny? Nothing about Gran Turismo 6 has been confirmed so this would be the first mention of the game on PS3.
Method to the Madness?
It’s very possibly that we might see the release of GT6 on PlayStation 3 ahead of the game’s launch on PlayStation 4 at a later date, but it is curious that we saw Evolution Studio’s DriveClub (another ultra realistic racing game) at the PS4 announcement, and not something from Polyphony. It would be rather foolish to try and make a case for two such games at the same time, exclusive to PlayStation 4, as they would no doubt compete with one another.
Keeping this in mind, Sony might opt to have Gran Turismo 6 out on PS3 to give racing fans a new option on the current console, and then also have DriveClub on PS4 to act as a graphics and social feature showcase on the new console.
Of course, this is all rather moot as Polyphony has a history of taking its sweet time developing games, so Gran Turismo 6 launching any time soon is still a rather uncertain prospect.
Are you ready for a new Gran Turismo game? Or is Gran Turismo 5 still keeping you busy and happy?