PlayStation’s biggest-selling video-game series Gran Turismo plans to celebrate 15 years of detailed racing simulation at the world-famous Silverstone Circuit on 15 May, and a teaser for the event has set tongues wagging for a possible GT6 reveal.
The original Gran Turismo game was first released in Japan in 1997 following five years of development by Polyphony Digital. Since then, we’ve seen four subsequent primary releases, with GT5 landing in 2010.
But fans have been aching for a follow-up, which series producer Kazunori Yamauchi revealed to IGN was in the works back in November 2011. A promotional video for the 15th anniversary celebrations, hosted by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), concludes with a countdown of GT titles and a blinking cursor following GT5 is all that fans need to imply that 15 May will finally bring them news of Gran Turismo 6.
Revelations on the future of the series are promised at the event, which will celebrate Gran Turismo’s dedication to simulating real driving by blurring the lines between the virtual and the physical. Cars from Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, KTM, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Toyota will be on display, and laps around the track will be completed by Gran Turismo gamers.
The location itself is significant, as the Silverstone Circuit has so far never featured in Gran Turismo – could this be a clue of what to expect from GT6?
Earlier this year, senior VP of SCEE’s Worldwide Studios Michael Denny mentioned in a round-table interview following the PlayStation 4 launch that GT6 may be released as a PS3 title, which could indicate a release date ahead of the 2013 holiday season.
News from the Gran Turismo 15 Year Celebration Event will be posted to the PlayStation Blog and the official Gran Turismo Facebook page, while Twitter users can follow the day’s events in real-time with the hashtag #15YearsofGT.