Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated features in Polyphony's upcoming installment of the Gran Turismo franchise is its track creator. We played around with a version of this in GT5, and while it was quite cool, it did leave something to be desired. It's safe to say the track creator in Gran Turismo 6 will be far more versatile.

At some point after the game's launch, players will be able to download a GPS-enabled app to their smartphones. Turn it on while on your choice of road, and the app tracks elevation and GPS coordinates to create a replica of the road in the game. That's right, you can essentially add any road on the planet into GT6.

As Road and Track points out, the possibilities are nearly endless. The Transfăgărășan Highway, the Stelvio Pass, your favorite section of the PCH or the obscure, local road course should all be possible if the app and game work as intended. Factor in features like changing weather and lighting conditions, and GT6 is shaping up to be a seriously cool title.

The drawbacks of the new track creator, meanwhile, are of the mild variety. Obviously, you aren't going to be able to recreate the spectacular scenery of the PCH, merely the road itself. The track creator is also limited in the size of the track, confining gamers to a 20-by-20-mile area, which to be fair, will still fit the Nürburgring inside of it. And finally, we wonder how the app will manage road widths. Surely, part of the challenge that comes with some roads and tracks is that they're quite narrow, without much in the way of runoff areas. Will the game be able to recognize that? We hope so.

We'll find out for certain when Gran Turismo 6 hits stores on December 6.


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      Stephen Lawson
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was a Forza fanboy till the end but they kinda screwed the pooch with that 200 cars and half the tracks BS. GT6 is looking very very tempting.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stephen Lawson
        Same here Stephen. I read that story here and I think I'll skip it as well. The only redemption would be if they offered all the new tracks as *free* DLC. Which we all know they won't.
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tail of the Dragon... Couldn't it use Google Maps data to recreate more- road width, other details
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is sheer genius
      ravingricefarmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is awesome, countless times i've fantasized developing a track based on my normal commute route. i doubtful on the execution of this idea but its awesome nonetheless. can't wait to see how "san francisco track" will look like :D
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ravingricefarmer
        Will it take elevation changes into account if it's based simply off of GPS location? I'm all for an SF track (big reasons why I enjoyed Driver and Rush as a kid), but I'm doubtful I'd be able to cruise my favorite route through the city and it'd end up with the same jumps, er, I mean, drastic incline changes.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is an awesome feature. can't wait for that game!
      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      You would think they could eliminate the whole GPS thing and just partner with a mapping service (Google/Mapquest/etc) and just design the course from there. That way you don't have to worry about the road width or any inaccuracies from lane changes.
        Vladymyr Martsinkovs
        @Cayman
        Interesting idea, but I don't think google captures elevation data in their maps. I may be wrong
          AnalogJesse
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vladymyr Martsinkovs
          They have the data. Whether or not they put it to use in their apps, I'm not sure.
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Vladymyr Martsinkovs
          Oh, Google knows everything.
      little b
      • 1 Year Ago
      OMG so glad i preordered this game I loved GT5
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      I doubt it will do anything with road widths, unless maybe you swerve back and forth on the road for it to measure width.. otherwise the more likely case its always the same width. Still not bad and a really cool feature!
        onewayroll
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        You can probably adjust the road width in game like you could in GT5
      J W
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time to find out just how fast I can get get to work in a GTR, Corvette, Viper, etc, etc, etc... :)
      • 1 Year Ago
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        TrueDat
        • 1 Year Ago
        they didn't "cut" cars... T10 had to rebuild everything from the ground up.. there is ZERO code and rendering carried over from FM4, while GT6 will use everything from GT5, plus updated physics, new cars, and new tracks. there is a big difference there.. not really apples to apples. T10 has been working on FM5 for more than 4 years. developing a game for a brand new platform is no simple task. yes.. 200 cars seems disappointing, and in some ways it is. BUT, at least they are not porting over last gen renders (like PD did with GT5) from the 360 and painting the interiors black.. T10 could have actually cut corners and given us a GT5 copy, but they didn't ... be thankful for that.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TrueDat
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        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        they were clearly forced by microsoft to release an unfinished game at launch which is pretty sad, actually. especially since forza most presumably will get it's ass beaten by GT6 on a last gen platform.
          mikeymac
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          the difference between MS and Sony when it comes to games. Sony doesn't force a release. MS doesn't care enough about the quality or size of the finished game, they push the date. Especially for a launch title. See Sony delaying DriveClub.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          unfortunately not yet. they said the driving model has improved. all I know the new physics and tire model in GT6 is f*ing amazing. Very realistic with a good wheel. I'd even say as realistic if not better than the best sims on PC I played.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
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      bobsomm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Given NSA's ability to monitor so much, does such a capability allow Big Brother to track our movements more than they should? Oregon is considering a distance tax because there are so many more efficient cars that the gas-tax may not be sufficient to maintain and build roads. Would the capability in this article allow governments to track our mileages for taxing us? Have a nice day. Bob
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      game will suck so dont care
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