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Should Sony Release Gran Turismo 6 on the PS3?

According to a top Sony Executive, Gran Turismo 6 will launch this year...on the PlayStation 3. This would be a colossal mistake for Sony that would risk sabotaging the launch of Sony's next-generation PlayStation 4 right out of the gate.

Shortly after Sony's PlayStation 4 announcement back in February, rumors started to swirl about the next title in the illustrious Gran Turismo series. Michael Denny, senior vice president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Worldwide Studios told Silicon Republic, "Look at the games coming out on the PlayStation 3 like The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, GT6, and then on the third-party side..." Of course, the first two games Denny mentions have already been revealed with release dates announced.

It's entirely possible Denny simply misspoke; however, I believe it much more likely to be a slip of the tongue. The question now is why would Sony release Gran Turismo 6 on the PS3 rather than the PS4? The most likely answer is because there are far more PS3 users than there will be PS4 users this holiday, regardless of how well PS4 performs at launch. In theory, this would position GT6 to sell more copies.

Unfortunately, this would undoubtedly have an inverse affect on the PS4 launch. Sony is already showing significant support for the aging PS3 at the end of its life cycle. Both The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls are hotly anticipated titles releasing this year for PS3. If you throw GT6 into the mix, is there really any reason to upgrade to PS4 this year? Oh and there's also a little game called Grand Theft Auto 6 releasing this year on all current-gen and next-gen systems. Again, it begs the question: why upgrade with so many quality titles to play on PS3?

Make no mistake, GT6 is a system seller. The series has sold a staggering 67.89 million units. According to IGN's Colin Moriarty, "The best-selling Gran Turismo game of all-time is Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec on PlayStation 2, which has sold 14.89 million copies worldwide." The original Gran Turismo sold 10.85 million units on the PSone. These numbers easily make it Sony's best-selling franchise.

If Sony releases GT6 only for PS4, it would certainly have a positive affect on the launch. Quality racing titles tend to age well so although sales would initially be lower with a PS4-only launch, it would likely pay off in the long run. GT6 would continue to chart strongly throughout the PS4's life cycle and would also help Sony's new console start strong out of the gate.

But maybe this isn't the best solution. Why not pull a Nintendo and release the game on both systems? After all, it worked during the launch of the Wii with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The game sold better on Wii by a 5:1 margin, despite being developed on the GameCube. The Wii went on to have one of the most successful console launches of all-time (Wii Sports undoubtedly played a role in this alongside Twilight Princess).

Sony would still risk losing sales on PS4 by not giving users enough of a reason to buy early; however, it would keep from alienating PS3 owners and may convince a few to go ahead an upgrade when they consider GT6 would still be on the PS4 (likely with better graphics), much like many GameCube owners did with Twilight Princess.

The console world has changed. Microsoft and Nintendo aren't the only competitors anymore. Mobile devices are surging, PC gaming is holding strong thanks to the likes of Steam, and even web-based games are having an impact on Sony's future. They can ill-afford to launch a system without an enticing hook. Killzone won't be enough on its own. The PS4 needs its Super Mario 64 or Halo. Why not launch the new PS4 with your best-selling franchise of all-time?

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saimcheeda1829d ago

They could release it for PS3 which already has millions of users which would guarantee huge sales for the game as well as allow the PS3 to continue selling well, the PS4 will sell itself initially. Or they could release it as a launch title for PS4 and increase launch sales, along with other high profile games releasing at the same time which will give the system a reputation for having a quality line up from the beginning. I would go with the latter option!

Christopher1829d ago

GT is currently held back by the PS3. The developers are wanting of the PS4 for a lot of what they have planned.

xPhearR3dx1829d ago

This. The 800 PS2 modeled cars were a joke. Not only is it a sad excuse to add more cars, it really off sets the graphics when you have an amazing detailed car next to a blocky POS.

Neko_Mega1829d ago

They should, but heres the real question. Is GT6 going in 4k on PS4? Seeing Sony has shown off GT5 on PS3 in 4k, if it is done in 4k for PS4. I think that would make more people go with the PS4 (just to see what it looks like in 4k).

But they should out it on PS Vita as well.

Christopher1829d ago

No game will be 4k on PS4. Only media (read: movies).

AdmiralSnake1829d ago

Nope, Save it for the Playstation 4 has a near launch title and boost the sales of the PS4 demand, while also releasing your flagship title, and one of the best, if not the best Driving Racing Simulator on the market. (I think it's personally the best)

Rage_S901829d ago

That would only serve to hold the game back, and canabalize sales of what is a system seller.

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