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.