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Unlike its most recent predecessor, Gran Turismo 6 managed to make it to market without a ridiculous string of delays and pushed back release dates. In fact, it's available as of now, playable only on the PlayStation 3.

Apparently able to play nice and launch on a Tuesday like the vast majority of the gaming world, Gran Turismo 6 finally crossed the development finish line yesterday afternoon and sped onto PlayStation 3's the world over.

Coming from long-time developer Polyphony Digital, Gran Turismo 6 is once again all about driving simulation, ditching the crazy paint jobs, nitros boosts and death-defying feats of arcade racers in order to provide an experience that's as close to the real thing as humanly possible, according to the launch announcement over on the PlayStation Blog.

“And alongside the huge roster of new cars available to take for a spin, and the 37 tracks waiting to be mastered, Polyphony has thrown in something of a surprise,” said SCEE Blog Manager Fred Dutton. “For the first time ever in a Gran Turismo title, you have the opportunity to swap the racing circuits of planet Earth for the Moon and pilot a lunar rover across its surface.”

Want to see more footage of pretty cars driving around pretty locales peppered across the globe, as well as an all-too-brief look at a lunar rover tumbling around the moon? Then check out the Gran Turismo 6 Concept Video #6 or, a bit more poetically named, “Start Your Engines.”

Yeah, that's pretty crazy and all, but I'm not sure how much fun it will be in practice just sort of chugging along. Either way, it's a nifty thing to add and, if anyone has actually tried it out (for realsies or in the game, I suppose), let us know what you think.

“We had been working for a while on simulating the stars properly in the game, and the moon was being recreated very accurately,” said Polyphony president and GT crator Kazunori Yamauchi. “While we were working on that, the idea just came out of the blue. We thought, 'wouldn't it be interesting if you could drive on the surface of the moon?' So we did some reasearch into the lunar rover and thought we should make it available in the game to drive.”

Of course, you can drive regular ole' cars in the game, too, some of which might even set you back a pretty penny. For those of you looking to stop reading and start driving, Gran Turismo 6 is available now for the PS3.

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