If the console launches have taught us one thing, it’s that Friday is the new Tuesday. While most video games hit store shelves early in the week, the past month has been full of Friday releases. The last major release of the year, Gran Turismo 6, is no exception. Unlike Microsoft’s marquee racing franchise, Sony’s first-party sim racing franchise will be releasing on the previous generation of hardware. It isn’t that surprising when you see the absurd sales numbers the franchise puts up. Gran Turismo 5 sold over 10 million copies and is easily the best-selling PlayStation 3 exclusive. Sony couldn’t make PlayStation 4’s fast enough for every Gran Turismo fan that wants to buy the game to also get the new console, so to old hardware it goes.
As you would expect from Grand Turismo, there are several new features in the game’s physics engine. Suspension, tires and aerodynamics have all been remodeled to give the player a better feel for the driving experience. The number of cars in the game is increasing to 1200, including everything from historic cars to the latest and greatest race cars. The total number of racing locations has gone up to 37, pushing the number of layouts available up to a full 100. You can’t argue with that amount of variety.
As part of a 15 year anniversary celebration, Gran Turismo 6 will have a “Vision Gran Turismo” festival celebrating the Gran Turismo, the two-door sports car that is the game’s namesake. This festival will consist of the unveiling of new “Gran Turismo” cars as designed by some of the world’s top automobile manufacturers specifically to celebrate this event. There are even a couple concept cars from non-automobile companies such as Air Jordan and Nike.
It’s strange to think that a Gran Turismo game won’t be the best looking simulation racer on the market when it releases. Even so, it is definitely the most full featured game in the genre. Gran Turismo 6 will give fans plenty of content as they wait for the new consoles to build steam, or sit on store shelves long enough to scoop up. For more information on all the new features, check out the Gran Turismo website.