Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the Gran Turismo series, has hinted towards Sony’s next generation console being the home of the next instalment in the racing simulation series.
In, what has to be one of, the most competitive markets in the world, having any edge over the competition makes all the difference and in the video game industry that usually boils down to each console’s list of exclusive titles.
Microsoft has the Halo, Gears of War and Left 4 Dead series and Nintendo has the Mario and Legend of Zelda games. Sony has a number of exclusives including the likes of the Uncharted, Resistance and Killzone series as well as others. However, one of their longest running series has been the racing simulation title, Gran Turismo.
Released on the PlayStation One and every other Sony console, including the PlayStation Portable, the Gran Turismo series has been the one and only title for fans looking for a racing simulation experience and has been known to sell consoles as well.
Gran Turismo 5 left a lot to be desired when it was released over a year ago, as it felt as if the game was still a work in progress. A number of updates later the game finally seems to have gotten to the complete package stage and the game is set to be released with the Academy Edition.
Yamauchi announced the special edition as a testament to the success of their Gran Turismo Academy, which sees players go from gamers to real-life race car drivers driving for the official Nissan team.
The game’s creator opened up another round of speculation when he announced that work on the next instalment in the Gran Turismo series was already in development. That was easy enough, however, Yamauchi did not mention which console the game would be released on. Early on there were many who believed the game would release on the PlayStation 3, yet the lack of GT6 news so far and the PlayStation 4 set to be announced next year, it seems that the game may very well be released next on Sony’s next-gen consoles.
The game’s creator, Yamauchi, has also hinted that the game would be released on the PlayStation 4 when, in an interview at the China Joy game event, he had the following answer for when he was asked about which console Gran Turismo 6 would be released:
“We’re always aiming for the latest technology and the latest expression.”
It would make sense as well as earlier reports hinted that the PlayStation 4 was in development as early as 2010, which is around the same time Yamauchi announced that work had already begin on Gran Turismo 6 as well as the fact that Sony would want at least one first-party triple-A title for the release of the console.