GT6 – Post-Release Sound Patch Planned

Published - 18 Sep 2013

Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo 6 is set to hit the shelves this winter and the title’s initial release will likely come with the much-criticesed current engine sounds as revealed by Kazunori Yamauchi.

Speaking at a press event, Yamauchi revealed that Polyphony Digital won’t be able to include improved engine sounds in the first release of the new title:

“I think I mentioned this in the past, but we’re really working to change the fundamental way that the engine sound works,” Yamauchi commented at a press event in Tokyo. “Right now I have a feeling that it might not make it for day one for GT6.”

Even though a sound patch wasn’t officially confirmed, Yamauchi stated that “there’s a good possibility that we might do this.” Until then, players will have to live with the less than stellar current sounds such as those of the BMW Z4 GT3 you can listen to below.

The sound department isn’t the only aspect in which features from GT6 have been scaled-back to make the planned December 6 release:

The full day/night cycle will be limited to three major endurance racing tracks as only Le Mans, Spa Francorchamps & the Nürburgring will be equipped with that feature in the initial version.

Furthermore, GT6 won’t allow users to import save games from Gran Turismo 5 as Polyphony Digital is worried about data having been cracked and corrupted along the way.

Gran Turismo 6 will come to the Playstation 3 starting December 6. featuring 1200 cars, 150 of which will be new to Gran Turismo.

As announced by Kazunori Yamauchi, the distinction between standard & premium models will remain, the cars ported over from Gran Turismo 4 will be slightly touched up to fit the new title better.

GT6 will also come with 33 tracks, with seven locations being all-new including Silverstone, the home of Nissan’s GT Academy competition.

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"Vision Gran Turismo" Announced

Published - 02 Sep 2013

Polyphony Digital Inc., creator of PlayStation®’s best-selling Gran Turismo® franchise, has announced a unique partnership with a number of leading automotive manufacturers, design houses and other leading global brands. Design teams from Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Bertone, GM Design, Honda, Infiniti, Italdesign Giugiaro, JORDAN Brand, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Nissan, Peugeot, SRT(Chrysler), Volkswagen and Zagato will create concept models giving a unique insight into the future of the automotive sector. Their designs will then be recreated as working cars for the new Gran Turismo®6 game due for release on 6th December, 2013. The initiative celebrates 15 years of the 70-million-selling franchise and is known as "Vision Gran Turismo".

Vision Gran Turismo will include cars such as the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, an exclusive virtual concept derived from the BMW M genes. Volkswagen gave free rein to their designers to explore the future of the iconic Golf GTI with the Golf GTI Vision Gran Turismo. The Alfa Romeo 6C Biposto Vision Gran Turismo, created by the team responsible for the Alfa Romeo 4C, will celebrate an iconic model from the 1930’s. A bold glimpse into the future, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo unites sensual purity with classic Mercedes-Benz design elements. Nike makes an intriguing foray into automotive design, following the company’s collaboration with Polyphony Digital Inc. on the design of the revolutionary concept vehicle, Nike ONE for Gran Turismo 4.

The cars will be released by Polyphony Digital from 2013 to 2014 as gifted downloadable content (DLC) to owners of Gran Turismo 6 through online update. Vision Gran Turismo has been developed as a ‘thank you’ to the franchise’s loyal fan base for its successful 15-year history.

“This is a very exciting project,” explained legendary Gran Turismo creator and President of Polyphony Digital Inc. Kazunori Yamauchi. “Ever since we released the first Gran Turismo game 15 years ago, GT has resonated with the automotive world and we have enjoyed many different and fascinating collaborations. But Vision Gran Turismo is probably our most ambitious to date. It promises to provide a window into the future of automotive design that we can bring to life in Gran Turismo 6. We are extremely grateful to all of our design partners in this project for their amazing birthday present to Gran Turismo to celebrate the franchise’s 15 year anniversary, and are so excited to share this gift with our fans. Working closely with the leading lights of automotive design, as well as some design teams from outside of the industry, has been a rare privilege and we look forward to sharing their creations with fans of Gran Turismo from this year through to 2014”.

The team at Polyphony Digital has a long history of innovative partnerships with manufacturers that underlines the breadth and depth of "the real driving simulator". Fascinating co-operations to date have included the Red Bull X2010 ultimate race car, GTbyCitroën concept, an innovative new GPS and data app developed for the Toyota GT86, and partnerships with Nissan that include Polyphony designing a display for the real Nissan GT-R and the highly-successful GT Academy virtual-to-reality racing driver development competition.

Gran Turismo 6 will be released on 6th December, 2013. The game is already available for pre-order through a number of retailers. Those pre-ordering the GT6 Anniversary Edition or the standard edition will receive a number of additional cars when the game is released.

Comments from some of the manufacturers involved in Vision Gran Turismo include:

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
“Gran Turismo and BMW share the mutual genes of enthusiasm for modern and classics cars. I have known the Gran Turismo series right from the beginning – the increased level of realism in visualisation and the authentic driving experience in Gran Turismo 6 is incredibly impressive.”

Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Brand Communication BMW
“Vision Gran Turismo is a very creative opportunity to present our BMW Design vision, which we developed exclusively for this game, in an innovative way. We are very excited and looking forward to the feedback of the global community. It’s our way of congratulating Polyphony and Sony for the 15th Anniversary of the Gran Turismo franchise!”

Lüder Fromm, Head of Global Marketing Communications, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars
“Video games are perfectly suited to precisely addressing young, modern target groups on an emotional level. Gran Turismo 6, with its uncontested reputation as setting the benchmark in the racing-games genre, provides the perfect platform for creating an interactive experience with a new, visionary concept for a Mercedes-Benz’s super sports car. We are certain that the concept vehicle will inspire millions of gamers and Gran Turismo fans worldwide.”

Klaus Bischoff, Director, Volkswagen Design 
"The Vision GT project offers a great opportunity to flesh out extreme ideas and portray the Volkswagen GTI’s design elements as vividly, dynamically and emotionally as possible. The further development of an unmistakable design and loving attention to detail reflect the high standards shared by the Volkswagen GTI product brand and Gran Turismo by Sony PlayStation. We look forward to creating a vehicle that gamers can use to gain unrivalled virtual experiences of the GTI world."

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Gran Turismo 6 – Direct Audio Gameplay Video

Published - 31 Aug 2013

The guys over at InsideSimRacing.tv have uploaded a new gameplay video of Gran Turismo 6, showing the BMW Z4 GT3 at Silverstone.

Taken from the GamesCom show floor demo, the video is special as it features direct-feed audio that has not been grabbed by a microphone but straight from the monitor, allowing us to take a good listen at GT6′s sounds.

Gran Turismo 6 will come to the Playstation 3 starting December 6. featuring 1200 cars, 150 of which will be new to Gran Turismo.

As announced by Kazunori Yamauchi, the distinction between standard & premium models will remain, the cars ported over from Gran Turismo 4 will be slightly touched up to fit the new title better.

GT6 will also come with 33 tracks, with seven locations being all-new including Silverstone, the home of Nissan’s GT Academy competition.

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GT Academy 2013 and the GT6 Demo Hit 1 Million Downloads

Published - 20 Jul 2013

Sony and Nissan have formally announced GT Academy 2013 has received over 1 million downloads worldwide as of July 16, just two weeks after the GT6 demo which hosts the competition was released.

Over 600,000 of those participants are from the 18 participating countries in Europe, with drivers from Spain showing the most national speed, holding over 41 spots in the top 250.

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Project CARS vs. GT6 – Silverstone Comparison

Published - 16 Jul 2013

Adrian @F1ESP has put together a neat comparison, putting Project CARS and Gran Turismo 6 side by side.

The video shows a lap around Silverstone in sunset conditions in both titles. Keep in mind that both footage is taken from a work in progress title, while Project CARS isn’t due to be released before 2014, GT6 won’t hit the shelves until the holiday season.

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Gran Turismo 6 Goodwood Hillclimb Gameplay Videos

Published - 15 Jul 2013

Gameplay videos of Gran Turismo 6‘s newest confirmed circuit, the Goodwood Hill Climb, have finally been released – one of which is a directly-captured video from Polyphony Digital themselves!

Interestingly, Polyphony’s video is labeled as a “concept”, and would appear to feature altered or placeholder engine sounds. The other videos below have been recorded off the TV by Gran Turismo fans at the event.

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Gran Turismo 6 – Goodwood Hillclimb Previews

Published - 12 Jul 2013

Polyphony Digital has revealed the next new track in Gran Turismo 6 – The Goodwood Hillclimb.

Located on the Earl of March’s British country estate, the track is used at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed to display all kinds of current and historic race cars.

Gran Turismo 6 will come to the Playstation 3. featuring 1200 cars, 150 of which will be new to Gran Turismo.

As announced by Kazunori Yamauchi, the distinction between standard & premium models will remain, the cars ported over from Gran Turismo 4 will be slightly touched up to fit the new title better.

GT6 will also come with 33 tracks, with seven locations being all-new including Silverstone, the home of Nissan’s GT Academy competition.

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Gran Turismo 5 vs 6 – Physics Comparison Video

Published - 09 Jul 2013

The guys over at MotoGamesTV have put together a rather different comparison video, showing off Gran Turismo 5 and the GT Academy demo of GT6 side by side.

But unlike other comparisons, this one is not about graphics but physics as we get to watch the suspension work on the Nissan Leaf at Silverstone.

While GT6 won’t make much strides in terms of graphics due to the maxed-out platform, Polyphony Digital promises a majorly overhauled physics engine for the next edition of the GT franchise.

Gran Turismo 6 will come to the Playstation 3. featuring 1200 cars, 150 of which will be new to Gran Turismo.

As announced by Kazunori Yamauchi, the distinction between standard & premium models will remain, the cars ported over from Gran Turismo 4 will be slightly touched up to fit the new title better.

GT6 will also come with 33 tracks, with seven locations being all-new including Silverstone, the home of Nissan’s GT Academy competition.

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Forza Motorsport 5 vs. Gran Turismo 6 – Video Comparison

Published - 05 Jul 2013

The guys over at MotoGamesTV have put together an interesting comparison video, showing Forza 5 and GT6 side by side.

The video shows a lap around Silverstone in the Nissan GT-R in both titles which are due to be released this winter.

The battle of the console heavyweights is not based on equal ground since Forza Motorsport 5 will be coming to the new Xbox One next-gen platform while GT6 will be released for the trusted Playstation 3 with a PS4 version coming later.

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Gran Turismo 6 E3 Special

Published - 03 Jul 2013

Following the in-depth coverage of Forza Motorsport 5 at the E3 expo, the guys over at InsideSimRacing.tv have now steered their attention towards Gran Turismo 6.

In the video below, Darin & Shaun discuss their GT6 experience at the E3. More Gran Turismo 6 gameplay footage from the event can be found here.

Gran Turismo 6 will come to the Playstation 3. featuring 1200 cars, 150 of which will be new to Gran Turismo.

As announced by Kazunori Yamauchi, the distinction between standard & premium models will remain, the cars ported over from Gran Turismo 4 will be slightly touched up to fit the new title better.

GT6 will also come with 33 tracks, with seven locations being all-new including Silverstone, the home of Nissan’s GT Academy competition.

A playable demo of GT6 will be released tomorrow, kicking off the next GT Academy competition.

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