A Silicon Republic interview with SCEE Senior Vice President Michael Denny seems to confirm that Gran Turismo 6 will launch on PlayStation 3 in 2013.
You read that right: PS3, not PS4, and before year's end. It all sounds a bit outlandish, but fan site GTPlanet posted an audio excerpt from the Silicon Republic interview that confirms the news. Michael Denny, who appeared onstage at last week's PlayStation 4 reveal, clearly states, "When you look out the games coming out on PlayStation 3 this year--The Last of Us, Beyond, GT6 . . ." in response to (presumably) a question about software support in PS3's twilight years.
The interview was first published by Silicon Republic two days after the PlayStation 4 reveal, leaving Denny with no reason to "cover up" Gran Turismo 6's status as a PS4 title. But was it a mistake? IGN's Colin Moriarty--the Pride of Long Island--thinks not. Moriarty received comment from Sony about Denny's remarks. Rather than debunk Denny's words outright, or give the usual "We don't comment on rumors or speculation" line, Sony replied, "In 2010, Kazunori Yamauchi confirmed that Polyphony Digital had commenced development for Gran Turismo 6. We look forward to sharing further deteails [sic] on this title in the near future."
So, where does that leave us? One branch of Sony says Gran Turismo 6 is launching in 2013 for PlayStation 3. Another branch says that we'll hear more soon. There's also the matter of DriveClub, a confirmed PS4 launch title that looks more-than-a-little inspired by Gran Turismo.
We'll have to wait for official confirmation to sort out this mess, but for now, Gran Turismo 6 seems confirmed for release on PS3 later this year. Sound off with your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.