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Scheduled release date:

December 6, 2013




Polyphony Digital

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December 6, 2013

Kazunori Yamauchi is an ambitious perfectionist and furthermore, he’s a car and racing fanatic. When it’s in your blood, you hate to produce anything subpar. That’s why Yamauchi’s Polyphony Digital team will likely deliver an absolute driving simulation masterpiece when Gran Turismo 6 launches in December. If you’re looking for a true racing challenge, if you bought that pricey wheel-and-pedals accessory specifically for the purpose of feeling as if you’re actually driving, pay attention. If you’re not a racing tech junkie, look away.

Once again, the emphasis will be on realistic driving. You’ll have to consider every element real race drivers consider before and during a race; this includes the mechanical settings for your vehicle as well as general driving knowledge. If you wish to succeed at the highest level, you’ll have to learn how to authentically shift and downshift and you’ll have to think about your suspension, tires, toe and camber angles, etc. Slipstreaming, complex S-turns, braking with and without special sports or racing break upgrades, all of it will demand your ceaseless vigilance. And if you’re not constantly reacting to what you see and hear, you’re in for a rough ride.

In terms of upgrades from GT5, Yamauchi wants to improve the responsiveness of the cars in the upcoming new installment. I’m still not clear on the exact definition of that word as it pertains to racing (it could encompass all the driving physics, or only certain aspects), but I understand the concept. But we all know to expect new cars, new tracks, and more intricate refinements. Also high on the priority list for Yamauchi and Co. is the streamlining of the overall experience; they want to make the user interface much smoother in comparison to GT5. With that much content, you don’t want the user to feel overwhelmed or frustrated.

As such, we’ll get shorter load times and a simpler interface in GT6. We’ll even receive touch-screens and special button inputs that could make navigation a breeze, although I’ll be sticking with the controller. Provided players can participate in the many different modes, and they can shop for cars and upgrades/customizations without getting a headache, this should be a fantastic experience. And of course, Polyphony intends to continue to support GT6 for a long time after its release. They’re planning an extensive selection of downloadable content and an “aggressive” schedule for each piece of add-on content.

There’s no doubt that Gran Turismo is an iconic name in the world of video game racing, but it’s Yamauchi’s aim to go beyond the term “video game racing.” He wants interactive, nigh-on virtual reality racing, which is why each GT installment features plenty of tweaks the fans appreciate. GT6 should be another step in the right direction, although it’s interesting to note that GT7 might not be too far behind. Yamauchi has been quoted as saying that GT7 is only “a couple of years away,” which means the first PS4 Gran Turismo might be closer than we all think. Well, don’t forget that GT6 might launch on the PS4, too. No date just yet but it seems likely.

10/16/2013 Ben Dutka

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 10:49:19 PM

I can't wait for this game to come out. I got this bad boy preordered at Gamestop. I really hate dealing with Gamestop, but they are the only ones carrying the preorder I want.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 4:13:22 AM

Yeah, I'm forced to Gamestop as well. My favorite to go pre-order destination (Amazon) is much too lame compared to Gamestop's.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 1:45:40 PM

I agree with you 100%. I would have preferred to ordered it for Amazon as well.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 11:29:46 PM

I'm hoping GT6 releases on the PS4, so I'm not buying it for PS3 until there's some confirmation from PD.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 3:45:37 AM

It's pretty much been confirmed by PD and Kaz himself. He has repeated over and over that the next GT will be a PS4 title, likely to be called GT7, but not in any form of GT6. GT6 PS3 will be updated and worked over the course of the year following its release. Remember that GT6 is going to evolve over time as Kaz said there are still many things that we haven't touched yet. It wouldn't make sense to have a PS4 version to release in the middle of all this.

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Solid Fantasy
Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 12:11:15 AM

I bet this would look nice on a very large 3D screen with the full logic tech wheel and pedals. How much closer to real thing can we go?

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 2:03:10 AM

GT5 is one of the best 3D games I've played. The cockpit view is especially nice in 3D.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 4:12:14 AM

Dream set up would have to include 3 televisions and 3 console, with either a thrustmaster or Fanatec wheel. Imo, it beats 3D by far. Now, 3D plus 3 TVs, that's overkill.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 2:39:35 AM

Error warning: 'break' upgrades should be 'brake' upgrades. :P

Oh man, GT6 was, by a wide margin, my personal racer of the show at the EB Expo. The changes from GT5 were subtle, but you could feel it in the way the vehicle responded to your prompting. Just all around a brilliant experience, and the menu system (what little I did see of it) did seem like a big improvement with more clarity. It was a shame that the settings were locked because there were more assists on than I like, but so it goes.

That being said... still not sure whether I'll buy this one. I loved GT5, but it just fell to the wayside before I'd had my fill, and I'm afraid that history would just repeat itself... Maybe I'll wait for GT7 instead.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 4:10:21 AM

It seems to me most people don't realize how racing games evolve with its sequels. Games like NFS and Grid, you only get a few tracks and few new cars, and very minor changes in physics, yet they get a pass for qualifying as a new title. In games like GT, the changes are in a much bigger scale, bigger to that of Forza as well, yet it's often being referred to GT5.5. You get more tracks/photo locations, and hundreds of new cars and completely revamped physics, lighting engine (sunlight, night driving, dynamic range, etc), and aerodynamic simulation.

Feature wise, it's supposed to be the most customizable GT to date, including thousands of aero parts and wheels. Online will have new features including online championships. Revamped sounds are also being promised at least through an update. New tracks/cars every month is planned, as well as the inclusion of Vision GT cars that we know some, if not all, will be free. Course maker is also seeing a huge lift. Who knows what else Kaz has in store after hinting that there's still much left to touch upon?

So GT6 being GT5.5? Silly logic, unless you're just talking about the graphics. Then again what were the graphical differences between F12012/F12013, HotPursuit/Most Wanted, Grid 1/Grid2? Should we call these games Grid 1.5, Hot Pursuit 1.5, F12012.5 too because of slight graphical changes?

Anyway, if all those major changes doesn't satisfy you, then how is it any different in waiting for GT7?... just for the next gen graphics? If yeah, I guess that's a fair argument because we're going through a transitional phase. Personally, graphics are already great in GT6 and the content and features are satisfying enough for me to warrant a purchase as for the reasons I've said above.

But yeah, I know, I can be a GT nut sometimes. Apologies in advance.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 4:31:47 AM

Don't worry, man. It wasn't meant as a knock against GT6 at all. Like I said, it was my racer of show against Forza 5, NFS: Rivals and DriveClub. Believe me, I fully understand that GT6 is a massive leap over the previous version; I have been following it. And like I said, the changes to the physics engine were noticeable.

The logic in waiting for GT7 lies solely in the fact that I very likely won't have the time to sink into this one, whereas, hopefully I'll have whittled my backlog down a lot by then and will have more time to put into it.

If I didn't have the ME trilogy, Dark Souls, GTA V, Dragon Age: Origins Complete Edition, AC1-Revelations, and more than a few others sitting pretty much untouched on my shelf, GT6 would be a D1P, no fear. But... yeah.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 5:02:56 PM

I love MAss Effect games. Love them. The most significant experiences of this generation for me.

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Friday, October 18, 2013 @ 6:11:10 AM

i'm pritty keen for this game but i'm not sure when i'll get it.

happy gaming =)

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