A popular Sony Playstation car racing game could be gaining a new course for the next installment, which is under preparation at present.
Gran Turismo 7 is due out on the Playstation 4 and employees of entertainment giant Sony have spent the past few days in the island recording images of the TT Mountain Course which is expected to feature in the game.
Police warned drivers earlier in the week to beware of a slow-moving car cruising round the TT course, apparently recording scenery to form the backdrop for the game.
The project has caused a flurry of interest among the game’s aficionados on various computer gaming websites.
A contributer to the gtplanet website said: ‘I have always liked long distance races, whether point-to-point or on a curcuit, but there is one race I would love to see in a Gran Turismo game and that is the Isle of Man circuit.
‘I know the circuit is used for motorcycle racing but I see no reason whey it wouldn’t make an awesome circuit for car racing as well.
‘Imagine how cool it would be to have a huge track like this with all the mountains and forests and bridges. It would be better than the Nordschliefe track.’
The TT course has already featured in the Playstation TT racing game which came out some years ago and was much complimented for its realistic coverage of the course, complete with bumps and ripples and rider’s point-of-view details.
In fact the game was so accurate it is still much used by overseas riders visiting the Isle of Man for the first time, as a tool for learning the 37.73-mile course.
A spokesman for the government’s Department of Economic Development declined to comment, but it is believed the TT course could appear in the game alongside other well-known tracks like the Nurburgring, Silverstone and Brand’s Hatch, which feature in Gran Turismo 6.