So Gran Turismo 6 is coming this holiday season . And it's only confirmed for the PlayStation 3 at this point.
Franchise guru Kazunori Yamauchi said it could end up on the PS4 in the future, but I just have to ask- Would Sony and Polyphony have been better advised to wait?
Here's the way I see it- Gran Turismo is an extraordinarily important franchise for the PlayStation brand. It's a true-blue system-seller, through and through. Many early adopters of the PS2 picked up the new system knowing that GT3 was right around the corner. And when Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec launched the following summer, hardware numbers did indeed skyrocket. That's just one example; GT has typically translated to increased hardware sales for three generations of PlayStation consoles.
But coming out at the end of a console cycle like this…I dunno. Has anyone noticed that everyone is a little less excited than one might've anticipated? This is a super huge announcement, but I can't shake the feeling that it would've generated far more excitement had it been revealed as a PS4 exclusive or, at the very least, a cross-generation title. It could still end up as a cross-generation game, of course, but it won't be right off the bat. That's too bad, too, because GT is a series that has always shown off the power and potential of the PlayStation machine, and it would've been perfect for doing exactly that for the PS4.
GT isn't just a racing enthusiast's dream, it's also always a technical achievement of the highest order. What better way to push a new piece of hardware? Right now, the industry is suffering from definite generation fatigue (as seen in both developers and consumers, in my opinion), and we're looking to the next generation with eager eyes. Having such a huge title come out for the PS3, right around the time the PS4 will hit store shelves, feels somewhat anticlimactic, don't you think?
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 6