Gran Turismo 6: Leak steals Sony spotlight

That big reveal Sony planned for this week? Cat’s outta that bag, with a South African website confirming that Gran Turismo 6 is indeed due for release by the end of the year, citing an official press release from the publisher.

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iafrica.com published the details earlier, claiming when questioned that the press release contained no embargo information. A second update removed “most information” at Sony‘s request, and explained that the post would be back at 6pm SAST (that is, 9am Wednesday Pacific time, 4pm GMT, 2am in Sydney).

Of course, internet vultures swooped, and the important bits are presented here:

GT6 for PlayStation 3 will bring new levels of authenticity to ‘the Real Driving Simulator’ as well as introducing stunning new tracks and cars and a revised user interface.

Those “new cars” add up to more than 1,200 at launch, comprising all of the vehicles (and tracks!) from Gran Turismo 5 plus a bunch of new additions.

Seven new maps are added, including Silverstone Circuit, bringing the total to 33 tracks and 71 different layouts.

A new compact game engine will improve operation and increase the flexibility to expand it with downloadable content.

…and if that isn’t good enough, use your smartphone or tablet to access an assortment of community features!

series creator Kazunori Yamauchi explains:

It is amazing to think that it is 15 years since we first released Gran Turismo. Things have changed a lot since then and now Gran Turismo 6 is a further evolution of my dream.

We’re pleased to deliver GT6 to PlayStation 3 as we have a very loyal community on that platform.

While many had assumed that a new Gran Turismo would be a launch title for the PlayStation 4, the new console is conspicuously absent from Yamauchi’s statement. With the game launching in Europe (at least) by the end of 2013, this has thrown a “holiday release” for PS4 into shadow.

Another option: Gran Turismo 6 really is coming to PS4, and we should prepare our surprised faces for E3 in a few weeks’ time.

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