Gran Turismo 6 out this Christmas, headed to PS3, not PS4…yet

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Sony have lifted the covers off Gran Turismo 6, the latest in the long-running, terrifyingly realistic racing series.

Due out before Christmas 2013, the game surprisingly has only been announced for the PlayStation 3, not Sony’s upcoming next-generation console, the PlayStation 4.

Gran Turismo 6 will feature a reworked game engine and play host to a line-up of 1,200 painstakingly-detailed real-world cars for gamers to drive. 33 real-world tracks will be available to careen around (in 71 different layouts) up from 26 in Gran Turismo 5. The UK’s very own Silverstone will be among the seven new tracks.

The game will also feature a massively overhauled user interface – a smart move considering just how labyrinthine the menus in the GT5 were, as well as new navigation features that will include smartphone and tablet integrations.

“I am very pleased with everything about the new game and the new additions, but the launch will only be the beginning for GT6,” said producer Kazunori Yamauchi, during the announcement at the Silverstone Circuit.

“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!”

Gran Turismo 5, launching in 2010, went on to sell 10 million copies, with the series hitting well over 61 million sales overall, making it the best-selling PlayStation exclusive franchise.

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Gerald Lynch