Gran Turismo 6 Announced for PS3 – Get Ready to Shrug

Gran Turismo 6 Announced for PS3 – Get Ready to Shrug

After the triumphantly average performance of Gran Turismo 5, it was all but formally announced yesterday that Gran Turismo 6 will be released for Playstation 3 in the traditionally vague Americanised timeframe of ‘Holiday’. We’re not sure whose holiday the games industry has become obsessed with, or what their destination is, but one thing is certain: we’re not too bothered.

It’s not that Gran Turismo is a bad series, or that we don’t think it will perform well, but Gran Turismo 5 is seen as being something of a let down. We were let down every time the game was delayed, we were let down by the baffling user interface, and we were most of all let down by the fact that the game didn’t have a soul.

Again, Gran Turismo 5 wasn’t bad, but it just didn’t rev our engines in the same way that it used to, or even in the same way that Forza does now. Its flatness is somewhat comparable to the PSP; technically this is a powerful masterpiece, but in my hands… I’m just not moved. So news of Gran Turismo 6 is not going to set any petrol alight.

What do we know about Gran Turismo 6, aside from its preposterously vague release date? Well, it will feature all the cars from GT5, with a few new ones, bringing the car total up to about 1,200. That’s cool. Silverstone will be making an appearance among a few other new tracks, and of course, there’s the ’r’ word. “GT6 for PlayStation 3 will bring new levels of authenticity to ‘the Real Driving Simulator’”, says the press release. Of course – realism – because that’s what the series needs more of.

Of course the release also assures us that they’re working on “stunning new tracks and cars and a revised user interface” – so we’re not quite throwing them under the bus of cynicism yet. Honest. We’ll wait until the ‘Holiday 2013’ to make our judgement. Well, let’s be honest, we’ll wait until 2014 when the game actually comes out.

Click here for the announcement trailer, or here for the announcement screenshots.

Anthony Richardson

I'm Anthony, but you can call me Anthony. I once fit 20 grapes in my mouth, and 40 pencils in my hair. I haven't written a book, but if I did I would give it a confusing title, and I'd make every effort to ensure you hadn't a clue what relevance it had to gaming. Oh, and also I write about games.

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  1. Chris Jacobs
    May 16, 2013, 10:30 am

    I’m looking forward to it. Why? Because it’ll do the actual racing bit right, which is why you buy a racing game, no?

    Forza is a great series, and it’s presentation is much slicker than GT5, but is the racing better? No. Not in my opinion, anyway.

    GT5′s problem is that non-racing bits of the game feel like something from ten years ago. In short, presentation = BAD, actual racing = GOOD.

    • Anthony Richardson
      May 16, 2013, 10:33 am

      I actually agree – that’s what I meant when i said I’m not bothered about “more realism” as a feature – it does that well already. Like you say- it’s the rest of it that needs attention.

  2. Chris Jacobs
    May 16, 2013, 11:42 am

    A related question: Are they working on a GT6 for PS4, do we think?

    • Jennifer Taylor
      May 17, 2013, 10:59 am

      Ummm… yes.

      (I have no idea)

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