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Polyphony flags Mount Panorama Gran Turismo 6 announcement

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Gran Turismo 6.

Gran Turismo 6.

Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi still won't confirm the inclusion of Australia's most famous race car track in the next Gran Turismo release, but has signalled an announcement around the time of this year's Bathurst race.

Despite sightings of engineers mapping the track last year, Yamauchi still won't officially confirm the track's inclusion in Gran Turismo 6 – which is scheduled to be released for the PlayStation 3 in Australia on December 6.

"I've heard the rumours," he joked, "We haven't announced that yet."

"Australia is still coming out of the winter, we are hoping that we might be able to make some kind of announcement around the time it becomes racing season."

Speaking at the Polyphony Digital offices in Koto, Tokyo, Yamauchi said tracks such as Mount Panorama are the most difficult tracks to accurately reproduce in the game.

"We have different production methods for mapping a GP track on a very flat surface as opposed to a very mountainous track where you have to actually recreate the terrain as well as the track itself. Compared to a GP track it is more difficult."

A professional race car driver and producer of the Gran Turismo series, Yamauchi has driven on many of the tracks in the game and has final say over which are included.

All the tracks included in Gran Turismo 6 have been improved in quality from the previous versions, with a key focus on surface textures viewed at different distances and on different angles. Polyphony Digital is also designing a new audio engine to handle the noise of the cars, although this "might not make it to day one" and could be added later in a software update.

Yamauchi confirmed that Gran Turismo 6 will not be available for the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Polyphony Digital is instead working on Gran Turismo 7 for the new console -- although the game won't be released for another 12 to 24 months.

Another disappointment for current Gran Turismo 5 fans is that driving achievements and other data won't be transferrable to the new Gran Turismo 6.

"The main reason for that is that the Gran Turismo 5 save data has been cracked already so we can't confirm the validity of the data being transferred," Yamauchi says.

"My hope is that between GT6 and GT7 you'll be able to transfer some of the data across."

Adam Turner travelled to Tokyo Game Show as a guest of Sony.

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  • Oh fingers crossed!

    Commenter
    seabass
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:12AM
    • It was iRacing at Bathurst last year. You can see some of their scans here:

      http://www.bsimracing.com/iracing-bathurst-laser-scan-previews/#20130918044008

      Track release is due in a few weeks.

      Commenter
      Trav
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:41PM

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