A mere six month heads up about the release of a new Gran Turismo game seems like a kind of short-change compared to the series’ norm. Usually, that kind of notice is sent out when developer Polyphony Digital is about to release their Gran Turismo Prologue, which is usually an extended demo. Nah, not this time.
Marking the 15th anniversary of the series’ debut, Sony announced Gran Turismo 6 will release in November on the PlayStation 3, no doubt the same month that their PlayStation 4 will be released. It seems a bit harsh to take your best series and release it against the release of a new console, but that’s more in line with Sony’s tradition. While Microsoft likes to pull anchor and release their last, biggest games the holiday before a new release (Halo 2 in 2004, ahead of the Xbox 360, Halo 4 in 2012 ahead of the new Xbox), Sony released God of War 2 six months after their PS3 arrived.
While Gran Turismo 5 has sold ten million copies, reception was pretty cool when it arrived due to various presentation issues and grind-y single-player campaign. Perhaps keeping the hype down is a good idea.