To take place today at the Silverstone Gran Prix circuit in the UK, the event marks the 15th anniversary of ‘the real driving simulator’ with the original Gran Turismo video game being released globally in 1998 after first being seen in Japan in December of 1997.
With Gran Turismo 2 released in 2000, followed by Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec in 2001, Gran Turismo 4 in 2005 and Gran Turismo 5 in 2010, the franchise has cemented itself in gaming culture becoming PlayStation’s all-time biggest-selling title.
Along with Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Toyota all joining the Silverstone event with real-life versions of their cars, Gran Turismo designer Kazunori Yamauchi will give an update on the future of the game.
As part of a long-standing partnership between PlayStation and Nissan – a collaboration that saw the creation of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy racing driver development program in 2008 – five graduate racing drivers will also be taking passengers for high-speed hot laps of the 5.9km Silverstone circuit.
Despite the event being held at the famous British circuit, Sony says the track has never featured in Gran Turismo “so far”, possibly hinting at plans for Gran Turismo 6.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president Jim Ryan said that the Gran Turismo franchise continues to be extremely important to PlayStation.
“We felt that 15 years of GT was an event worth celebrating along with our colleagues from the Americas, Asia and Japan.”
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