Gran Turismo 6 lunar rover takes drivers to the moon

Gran Turismo has always been about realism here on Earth, but now Gran Turismo 6 gives drivers a chance to venture to the moon and navigate a lunar rover.

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The Gran Turismo series has always been about realism on the road and in the driver's seat. That's always been the case on Earth, anyway, but now the series is venturing into space for the first time. Gran Turismo 6 will allow players to navigate the treacherous zero-gravity surface of the moon, using a playable lunar rover.

"We had been working for a while on simulating the stars properly in the game, and the moon was being recreated very accurately," Polyphony president Kazunori Yamauchi told PlayStation.Blog. "We thought, 'wouldn’t it be interesting if you could drive on the surface of the moon?' So we did some research into the lunar rover and thought we should make it available in the game to drive.

It was something we knew we could do with the technology that we had. It was really born out of curiosity."

Polyphony's dedication to realism led the studio to research actual routes used by the Apollo 15 lunar rover. The moon simulation will be featured as a side track, which requires rover drivers to reach checkpoints in a certain amount of time. The new track also serves as an inspiration for new futuristic car designs from Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW, which will also be playable.

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    December 6, 2013 3:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Gran Turismo 6 lunar rover takes drivers to the moon.

    Gran Turismo has always been about realism here on Earth, but now Gran Turismo 6 gives drivers a chance to venture to the moon and navigate a lunar rover.

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      December 6, 2013 8:38 PM

      'Zero Gravity surface of the moon'?? The moon has 1/3 the gravity of earth, otherwise, you wouldnt be able to drive there.

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      December 6, 2013 9:17 PM

      In space...no one can hear you vacuum.

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      December 6, 2013 10:06 PM

      And this is where the franchise jumps the shark. I bought 5 and it wasn't fun. Not touching 6.

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        December 7, 2013 5:12 AM

        I'd take that bet. No idea what you're talking about.

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        December 7, 2013 6:49 AM

        It got silly with 4. They put so many absolutely stupid and useless cars in the game and then didn't even let you race or sell them.