Gran Turismo 6 is definitely in development, according to Japanese gaming site Andriasang, who spoke to series producer Kazunori Yamauchi at the Gran Turismo 5 Asia Championship 2012 event this weekend.

Aside from that, though, Yamauchi was tight-lipped. When asked about a potential release date, Yamauchi said “If I carelessly say when it will be released, you’ll end up with people saying things like ‘it’s been delayed again!?’ so I will no longer say at this type of event.”

Gran Turismo 5 was first debuted in 2005, and then disappeared from sight until 2009. After multiple delays it finally released near the end of 2010 to lukewarm reviews. While the technical aspects were as solid as expected, Gran Turismo 5 suffered from a variety of design problems that were tough to ignore in light of the competition from Forza Motorsport. Reviewers credited the customizable campaigns and a variety of difficulty settings for making Forza more accessible, while Gran Turismo 5 seemed to be actively pushing away less-than-committed players with unchanged AI and an obtuse campaign mode.

If Gran Turismo 6 can overcome some of those design and usability issues, the Gran Turismo series could retake its place among the best racers, but for now it has a lot of catching up to do before it can overtake the lead Forza has developed in the past few years.

[via Andriasang]