After the long long wait, Gran Turismo 5 finally has a release date, and that date is November 2nd 2010 as revealed at this years E3 show. Also shown and revealed was a few of the new features the game will have.
The game will feature over 1,000 cars, yes over 1,000 of them. The cars have been designated as standard and premium. There will be around 800 standard cars and around 200 premium cars. The difference between the two is listed below:
Scratches and dents on the bodywork
Lights on or off
Scratches and dents on bodywork, and also detachable panels in crashes
Lights on or off, also full beam or dipped beam
Full interior view and interior damage.
As well as the huge list of cars, there will be around 20 race locations with 60 layout configurations. plenty of tarmac to put the cars through their paces on. Locations included old favorites such as Grand Valley, The Nurburgring which will include the full 24 hour variation as well as the tourist variation and the GP variation. A new layout which was revealed some time ago before E3 is the Top Gear test track. The Rome course from Gran Turismo 2 is making a return, but it has been altered some.
On top of this, Gran Turismo 5 will feature both night time and day time racing, on all tracks. And will feature day to night, night to day transitions, so that will certainly make those 24 hour races more interesting. You will also be able to synchronize the track to the current time where you are. If you think that is good then you will love this: for the very first time in the Gran Turismo series, weather will be featured so you can set up a race to start with rain, or be dry or you could set it so it might rain during the race. Combine these new features and you can set the scene. Imagine doing the Nurburgring 24 hour race, it’s about 5 hours in, starting to get dark so you switch your lights on. You’re halfway round the course when it starts to rain. Visibility drops and you have to nurse your car round the remainder of the course and run into the pits to change to wet tyres.
Gran Turismo 5 looks set to raise the bar several notches in the racing game category and will probably pick up many awards.
Gran Turismo 5 hits the shelves on November 2nd.