The Nissan GT Academy has been very successful in making pro racing drivers out of gamers – but Gran Turismo now has grander plans.
Most of the vehicles you can drive in Gran Turismo 6 are digital renditions of actual cars that you could (at least in theory) drive on the road or track. But Polyphony Digital, the studio behind the immensely popular video game franchise, isn't satisfied with leaving things there, so it's been collaborating with a steady stream of automakers to design concept cars specifically for Playstation. We've already seen concepts from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen and Mitsubishi. But now it's time for
Gran Turismo 6 has barely been on the market for two weeks, and already its developers at Polyphony Digital are releasing an update. Available for download as of today, the update centers around the Red Bull racing program and includes two new cars and the new Red Bull X Challenge in which to race them.
In the car world, there is a segment of the population that believes tried and true trumps what's novel or new most of the time. A car is a machine with a purpose – be it to deliver your kids to school or afford you the best lap time – and machines are better when they're less likely to fail. Or so the theory goes.
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.
In the battle between Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport, the winner won't necessarily be the one with the biggest selection of cars or the best tracks, or even most top-notch physics and graphics that can traipse all over the uncanny valley. It'll be about exclusive content, and we're talking more than offering a few cars the other guy doesn't have. We're talking tie-ins, features so cool that people will buy the games just because of those special bits. Forza has a tie-in with Top Gear, and wil
"Anything you can do, I can do better." That seems to be what Gran Turismo 6 developer Polyphony Digital is saying with its fifth concept movie, which stars Australia's legendary Mount Panorama Circuit, home of the Bathurst 1000. While arch-nemesis Forza Motorsport 5 is sponsoring a car for the upcoming Bathurst 1000 race and including the track in the upcoming title, the Gran Turismo 6 camp has struck back, showing a gorgeous rendering of assorted vehicles being flung around the 3.8-mile, 23-tu
Gran Turismo 7 will likely arrive for the Playstation 4 by 2015, according to an interview Polygon had with series producer Kaz Yamauchi. Considering Gran Turismo's history for delays, though, that one- to two-year target needs to be rather flexible. Still, the interview with Yamauchi, which focuses largely on PS3 title Gran Turismo 6, held one more interesting tidbit for those looking for the next-generation of GT titles - Gran Turismo 7 will share its physics engine with GT6, with Yamauchi say
Much like a real conflict, the console wars being waged between Microsoft and Sony spill into a number of different battlefields and theaters. Home to some of the fiercest fighting is the racing genre, which sees Microsoft's Forza Motorsport series go head-to-head with Sony's Gran Turismo series. While there's been plenty of press about Forza, GT has just struck back with some news that we aren't sure Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft can match.
Video game franchises turned into Hollywood blockbuster movies have certainly come a long way since the days of Super Mario Bros. and Double Dragon, yet each new adaptation still gives us pause as moviegoers. Even so, we're prepared to momentarily suspend our cynicism upon learning that Sony is readying a Gran Turismo big-screen treatment, following on the heels of Dreamworks' Need For Speed movie plans.
While a lots of the driving games shown off at this year's Entertainment Electronics Expo (E3) leverage the vast power of the new Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles, Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 6 will attempt to squeeze one more round out of the venerable Playstation 3. After playing a short demo version of GT6 here in Los Angeles, we can see both upside and downside with that strategy.
For those hoping the next iteration of Polyphony Digital's storied 15-year-old Gran Turismo franchise would take full advantage of the Sony Playstation 4, sorry, but we're going to burst your bubble. The next-gen console is slated to debut this holiday season, and while Sony officially announced today that Gran Turismo 6 would be released at the same time, it will be for the seven-year-old Playstation 3 console, not the new PS4. But hey, at least we won't have to have waited five years for this
Nissan and Polyphony Digital, the studio behind the Grand Turismo franchise, have made a habit of giving gamers a shot at becoming professional race drivers through the GT Academy. Players from all over the world compete virtually for a chance to put down the controller, lace up their driving shoes and compete head-to-head in a variety of real-world challenges. Last year, Bryan Heitkotter won the first-ever U.S. GT Academy, thereby joining the ranks of former winners like Lucas Ordonez, Jordan T
Nissan is headed to the Dubai 24 Hours with a specially prepared 370Z. While the 410-horsepower Z is an impressive piece of hardware, we're more interested in who's behind the wheel. This year, Nissan will take to the track with a full team of racers who have graduated from the company's GT Academy. The four-man team is made up of individuals who got their start on the virtual tracks of the Gran Turismo video game franchise before beating out the competition for a spot on track.
Polyphony Digital has something special planed if Sebastian Vettel manages to take the Formula One Driver's Championship for the second year in a row. Vettel made history by becoming the youngest driver to ever take the title last year, and if he pulls off a repeat performance, Polyphony says it will release the Red Bull X2010 in game to anyone who logs on to Gran Turismo 5. As anyone who's familiar with the franchise can tell you, the X2010 is ultimate prize in GT5, as vehicle is the award for