Gran Turismo Sport Concept Art Leaked

Gran Turismo revolutionized the racing genre on consoles due to the enticing career mode, superb car selection and advanced physics model. Sadly, in recent years, the series has floundered and struggled to compete with Forza’s yearly release cycle. Additionally, Gran Turismo 5 was a major disappointment and I didn’t really find Gran Turismo 6 enjoyable either. Strangely enough, Gran Turismo 6 doesn’t pose any challenge in terms of the license events, or competition from the AI. In an ideal world, Polyphony Digital should have released Gran Turismo 7 as a PlayStation 4 launch title, but this didn’t happen and their projects usually take a long time to complete.

Thankfully, Gran Turismo Sport was announced some time ago during the Paris Games Week although we don’t know what this will actually entail. Apparently, it’s not a small demo of Gran Turismo 7 like earlier concept titles and should provide a fulfilling experience. According to Website GTPlanet, the Gran Turismo offices contained concept art on the wall during the Christmas period of the upcoming game! Super GT drivers Kohei Hirate and Satoshi Motoyama, and Toyota’s Masashi Honda publicly unveiled the images which are listed below:

There is still some speculation regarding the authenticity of some of the images, as they look photo-realistic. I’m pretty sceptical about the snapshot with trees in the background but perhaps the studio has found a way to implement satellite images into the render. However, this is very unlikely and wishful thinking. Whatever the case, I cannot wait to see Gran Turismo Sport and hope it provides the stopgap needed to please racing fans before the release of Gran Turismo 7.

Sony Announces Gran Turismo Sport for PlayStation 4

Gran Turismo is an iconic racing series which has sadly lost its way in the last few iterations. The PlayStation 1 titles were groundbreaking and revolutionized career-based simulator games on consoles. Polyphony Digital constructed a superb physics model, engine noises and wonderful custom circuits. Sadly, Gran Turismo 5 and 6 fell way below my expectations and suffered from frame drops and sub-par engine sounds.

Honestly, Forza has taken the mantle of being the definitive console racer but this could change with the release of Gran Turismo 7. After a long wait, we finally know the next Gran Turismo game will be Gran Turismo Sport. This isn’t the next major game in the series but a side project. In an interview with Eurogamer, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s president and CEO Jim Ryan said:

“We’re not announcing Gran Turismo 7 at this stage,”

“Fair to say [series director Kazunori Yamauchi] has been making these games for some considerable time now. I think it’s reasonable to assume that something else might come down the road. Is it a Prologue? No, I think it’ll be more than that.

“The old days, when the games were offline, the experience was defined by what’s on the disc. You had a distinction between a Prologue and a full GT, it was very stark. When the game becomes more of an online connected experience, that distinction blurs. This will be much more than a Prologue type experience.”

I’m pleased to see another Gran Turismo arriving relatively soon, but I hope the game isn’t a glorified demo to showcase Gran Turismo 7’s visuals. Only time will tell, but the trailer footage looks quite impressive.

Bugatti Conveys Real-Life Gran Turismo Car

This is fantastic, I mean it really is, oh right, article, Bugatti are synonymous with 1,200 horsepower supercars which even left Jeremy Clarkson speechless for a bit, until he attempted to insure it using a popular company. These cars are one of the most desirable for the rich and famous and command seven-figure price tags. But what happens if you cross a Bugatti with Gran Turismo?

Apparently this which is conveyed below, wow is the word here, the luxury car manufacturer unveiled a fantasy video game car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The difference is this car is not made from pixels and polygons, but a real drivable version. The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is a model of car that appears in the popular Gran Turismo video game series. The real-life version is fully drivable but wasn’t designed to comply with government safety regulations, but it does fully integrate with the latest racing regulations. Not really that helpful if you’re caught speeding at 240 miles an hour on a country lane, not that you should anyway.

This concept is powered by a turbocharged 16-cylinder engine which is capable of reaching top speeds in excess of 250 miles an hour, it’s a complex machine which Bugatti hope to offer a glimpse into the possibilities which exist within the new model which is currently being designed. Bugatti has so far sold 450 cars worldwide over the last decade, this does not sound like a respectable figure, but considering each supercar cost around the $1 million dollar mark, it’s forgivable.

It’s unlikely that I would be able to afford a car in my or the next 5 lifetimes, but it’s still noteworthy to keep up to date with the latest developments in automotive technology, especially if they look this fantastic.

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Two Gran Turismo Players Compete in Real Race and Win

Two of the best Gran Turismo players out there were recruited by a racing academy and ended up winning an endurance race in Australia this weekend.

Wolfgang Reip and Florian Strauss are members of the Gran Turismo academy – set up by Sony, Polyphony Digital and Nissan to encourage GT players to hone their driving talents in real cars. The pair formed part of the winning team that won the Bathurst 12 Hour race in New South Wales on 8th February.

The third driver in the team, Katsumasa Chiyo, who was not a graduate of the Gran Turismo Academy, posted the best time of all the team members, and even lapped two cars on the penultimate lap. The three competitors drove an RJN Motorsport Nissan GTR-35.

Source: Polygon

Gran Turismo 6 Features Infiniti’s Concept Vision Vehicle

Gran Turismo fans will be happy with this news, with GT6 players now being able to download the Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo supercar for the PS3 exclusive driving simulator.

Gran Turismo 6’s latest version 1.15 update includes the new car, where you can either purchase the car, or win it by completing a lap in GT6’s current Seasonal Event. A post on the GT6 website explains “Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world’s leading brands develop concept cars for Gran Turismo and its fans. Please look forward to more fantastic car models in line to be released in the near future!”

Source: Polygon.

Gran Turismo 7 Could Be Out In 2014

Great news gaming fans, Gran Turismo 6 isn’t here for another two weeks and it looks like development on Gran Turismo 7 has already started a long time ago! Now it seems like we could even see the next-gen racer as soon as next year as the developers don’t want to take too long bringing the series to PlayStation 4.

This is obviously awesome, Gran Turismo has long been a staple of the PlayStation diet, and since Gran Turismo took such an appallingly long time to hit the PlayStation 3 it is no wonder the developer doesn’t want to repeat the same process again.

In an interview with world famous motoring magazine Top Gear, Kazunori told them that the next iteration of the series could see a release next year.

“We don’t want to take too long on Gran Turismo 7. Best-case scenario? Next year. In GT6 we really had to tune the software 100 per cent to maximise the PS3′s architecture, but of course the PS4′s hardware is much better, so I think the overall quality of the game across the board will be boosted when you come to play it.”

Then on Twitter we’ve seen that the tech demo has been shown behind closed doors, something we wish we could get our hands on right now, that’s for sure.

“GT 7 tech demo. Nothing to describe other than it looked amazing. It was snowing and at night. Cockpit view, then turned to outside the car.

— Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) November 19, 2013

Now all we have to do is sit and wait, because one thing is for certain, it will not be out early next year. Gran Turismo 7 sounds like it is chasing a Christmas release for 2014, but given the delays the series has been known for, 2015 sounds more realistic.

Thank you Gearnuke for providing us with this information.

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Gran Turismo 6 To Be Playable At Goodwood Festival Of Speed

A demo version of the highly anticipated Gran Turismo 6 will make a high-profile debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (11-14 July). By far the biggest motoring event of its type in the world, with a crowd of 185,000+ people, the Festival of Speed provides the perfect setting among motoring and motor sports enthusiasts to showcase the latest developments to ‘The Real Driving Simulator’. Iconic, circular Gran Turismo ‘race pods’ will be positioned at various locations around the sensational Goodwood Park for people to try the new demo in advance of the game going on sale later this year

Gran Turismo is PlayStation’s biggest ever game franchise, having sold more than 70 million copies since launching in 1998. Having recently announced that Gran Turismo 6 will be on sale later in the year, Kazunori Yamauchi, the game’s legendary creator and president of developer Polyphony Digital Inc, was keen to showcase the new game with the discerning Goodwood audience.

The partnership will see GT6 ‘pods’ located at the Goodwood Hotel, the FoS Family area and in the members’ enclosure as well as in the Drivers’ Club and media centre. In keeping with Gran Turismo’s long track record for close and innovative partnerships with a number of automotive manufacturers, pods will also be located on the Nissan and Alfa Romeo stands and in the Nissan, Mercedes Benz and Ford areas of the Moving Motor Show.

Nissan, PlayStation’s partner in the innovative GT Academy programme that aims to take the best Gran Turismo gamers and turn them into real racing drivers, will be hosting a competition at Goodwood for the fastest gamers on the GT6 demo to win places directly into the UK national finals of the competition. GT Academy is currently live online for anyone with a PlayStation to enter. Furthermore, two previous GT Academy graduates very recently achieved a fourth in class and top 10 overall finish at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours. The ‘wildcard’ event will take place at Nissan’s Moving Motor Show display, with one person each day winning their ticket to the next round of the Academy.

Kazunori Yamauchi himself will be a welcome visitor to the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. A keen amateur racer, Yamauchi-san will be donning his overalls and helmet for some high-adrenaline drives up the famous hill climb course in a number of stunning cars. With a reputation as a perfectionist, no doubt his experience behind the wheel will go into further refining some of the expected 1200 cars that will feature on Gran Turismo 6 at launch!

Thank you PlayStation for providing us with this information.

Gran Turismo 6 Release Date & More Confirmed

Gran Turismo a “Real Driving Simulator” has been announced to be coming to stores during the Holiday Season 2013. For a serious Gran Turismo fan, this is a great day for you. Last week we were told that there was going to be an announcement about Gran Turismo and its future, and today we received that update! Over the past 15 years the Gran Turismo series has sold over 70 million copies, not the best selling video game of all time, but it is really up there with the rest of them.

Gran Turismo is brought to us by Polyphony Digital a subsidiary of PlayStation, therefore it is only released on the PlayStation platform. With PlayStation 4 due for release soon, I must ask myself, why they are bringing the game out of PS3 instead of waiting for the PS4. There is no real information on how or if the PS4 will be backwards compatible, but if it is like the PS3, you will be out of luck to play your old video games, which is the man reason I stopped purchasing consoles.

Further news about Gran Turismo 6 will be revealed at the forthcoming E3 and Gamescom events.

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Summary of new Gran Turismo 6 features announced by Kazunori Yamauchi:

New Game Engine
• Refactoring
• Compact, nimble operation
• Flexible expandability
• A new rendering engine that pushes the limits of the PS3

New Physics Engine
• New suspension and kinematics model
• New tire model
• New aerodynamics model
• Technical partnership with Yokohama Rubber and KW Automotive

1200 Cars, abundant custom parts, and on-going DLC
• From historic cars to the latest racing cars, the game contains a total of 1200 cars.
• Multiple aerodynamic parts and custom wheels will be available for almost all cars.
• Players can create their own personalized custom car in the game.
• Cars will be continually added online

33 locations, 71 layouts
• 33 Locations and 71 layouts will be provided from day1 (7 more locations and 19 more layouts than GT5)
• More new tracks will continue to be provided online

New Course Maker
• Massive scenery spanning several tens of square kilometers
• A new course generation algorithm

Community/Club/Race Organizer
• Players can form their own communities
• Various community levels from local and domestic to global
• Players themselves can create and manage their own online events

New User Interface
• Balancing directional key operation and touch operation
• Quick response
• Shortening of loading times

Multi Device Compatibility
• PlayStation
• Smart Phone
• Tablet
• PC

At the same time as the PS3 version of GT6 the “Real Driving Simulator” launches, a mobile version and web application version of GT6, will be created to enjoy Gran Turismo’s massive community space.

Real/Virtual “Edge Effect” Activity
A variety of “Edge Effects”, the chemical reactions between the real world and the virtual world for which the Gran Turismo series is famous, are also planned for GT6. Exciting collaborations between various automotive manufacturers and collaborations with brands crossing different industries will be revealed gradually across the next six months.

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Gran Turismo 6 PS3 Reveal Coming Soon

The PlayStation brand and the Gran Tursimo series are vital to each others existence, and while Gran Turismo 5 may not have been perfect, its always felt like a game that has belonged close to the PlayStation brand. I bought my first PlayStation 1 for Gran Turismo 1, I bought my PlayStation 2 for Gran Turismo 3, I bought my PlayStation 3 for Gran Turismo HD and eventually 5. So with the PlayStation 4 practically upon us, you would expect their to be a new Gran Turismo right around the corner for Sony’s next gen beast? Nope.

If rumours are to be believed, the new Gran Turismo is in fact in development for the PlayStation 3 and while this comes as a surprise, its a calculated and sensible thing to do for the developer. Gran Turismo is expensive to make and Polyphony Digital will be both wanting and needing to hit that large user install base that can be found near the end of a console life cycle. They will no doubt wait a couple of years for the next installment on the PlayStation 4, after the hardware has seen greater numbers of units sold, which at this time is of course zero units sold.

While no information on release date has been released, a sneakily listing on Newegg.com did list the PS3 edition of the game for pre-order.

The PlayStation 4 will launch with Drive Club, a western developed racing title that very nearly wore the Gran Turismo name, as almost a spin-off to the main series given their connections with Polyphony and the fact that both studios are first party Sony developers, this didn’t happen obviously, but it does raise some interest on how the two will compare. Drive Club on the PS4 vs Gran Turismo 6 on the PS4, one will out shine the other and that could lead to some confusion for both Sony and consumers on which way to spend their money, but only time will tell.