With the announcement of Gran Turismo 6 yesterday, some may have been surprised to learn that it will be a PlayStation 3 title as opposed to PlayStation 4. From a business standpoint, this makes sense, since the PlayStation 3 has a huge install base. The thing is, though, Gran Turismo is one of Sony’s most successful franchises, selling over 70 million games worldwide, and is widely recognized as a system seller, so why not make it a PlayStation 4 title and have a surge in hardware sales?
Well, obviously the guys at IGN had that same train of thought. Asking the creator of Gran Turismo, Kazunori Yamauchi, why they didn’t make it a PlayStation 4 title, he responded with:
“We actually do have a PlayStation 4 version in mind, but for this holiday season, we thought it would be best for users to release on PS3 for now.”
It may not be a confirmation, but it does show that it could eventually port over to the PlayStation 4. It may not be just a simple port, though, as Polyphony Digital has announced during the 15 year anniversary event yesterday, that the game’s engine allows for expansion, so, in theory, it could make the game run and look better than just doing a simple port.
One of the more interesting tidbits from the above article is that Yamauchi said that there is a possibility that they will be able to make it so people who own the PS3 version will be able to continue progress on the PS4 version, which would, I think, make for even more sales.