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It's been three years since Gran Turismo last revved its engine - but it's finally ready to pull up to the starting line once again.

The hit driving franchise will release its latest installment - Gran Turismo 6 - later this year, Sony and developer Polyphony Digital announced today. Even better, players will be able to get a taste this July, with a playable demo.

Gran Turismo is the best-selling PlayStation franchise around - with fans buying more than 70 million copies to date. And Gran Turismo 6 is looking to be the biggest installment yet.

We're talking 1,200 cars, 33 locations (seven more than the 2010 installment) and 71 layouts. The game will also feature new graphics and physics engines, which Sony says "pushes the limits of the PS3."

The game is also being built with expansions in mind; developers are hinting at downloadable content and add-ons in the future.

"It is amazing to think that it is 15 years since we first released Gran Turismo," said Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of the series. "We're pleased to deliver GT6 to PlayStation 3 as we have a very loyal community on that platform. However, we have refactored the game to make it very flexible and expandable, with a view to making many future developments. ... The launch will be only the beginning for GT6."

While the developer was fairly adamant about the holiday launch period, long-time Gran Turismo players know to take those claims with a grain of salt. Development on Gran Turismo 5 ended up taking over five years, causing the game to be delayed several times.

Of course, the PS3 is about to be eclipsed by the PlayStation 4 - so unless there's an unannounced next-gen version of the game in the works as well, Sony knows that it's best to get this new installment out as soon as possible.

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