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Gran Turismo 5 DLC delayed to October 25

When it comes to release dates pertaining to the Gran Turismo series, fans know better than to expect developer Polyphony Digital to actually meet those deadlines. It should come as no surprise, then, that Gran Turismo 5’s first big DLC release, originally intended to launch on October 18, will now be drifting to October 25 in North America.

As previously explained, the DLC can either be purchased in one big $11.99 bundle, or piecemeal as tracks, cars, racing gear, and paint jobs. Sony apologized for the delay but didn’t provide a reason for it. Instead, the company will include a “special bonus” with the DLC on October 25, so you’ve got that going for you.



Gran Turismo 5 Gets Much Better, Just in Time for Forza 4

While we’re still a week away from the big batch of downloadable content for Gran Turismo 5, the free 2.0 update drops today, delivering car interiors, 2011 NASCAR racers, and tons of fixes and tweaks, just in time to turn racing fans’ heads away from Forza 4.

Available today as a free downloadable update, version 2.0 of Gran Turismo 5 is aimed at giving fans of the series just about everything they’ve wanted since the game launched back in November of last year. Things like interior views for every vehicle in the game’s extensive roster, and not just the handful that were available at launch. Or the ability to pose your custom driver with your car in photo mode, full support for the Logitech G25 and G27 Racing Wheels, and the ability to save in the middle of long race events; these are the sort of things players would have liked to have seen when the game came out, but better late than never, right?

Right? I mean, Gran Turismo fans had a choice: Keep complaining about delays, or get an unfinished game. We went for the latter, and now, nearly a year later, the game is just about finished. Go team.

I just hope the update wasn’t rushed to make it out in time for Forza 4’s release. I’d hate to have to wait another year.


GT5 Spec 2.0 Intro Revealed; Is one of the best Opening Videos ever

Check out the intro video of GT5 Spec II. The video is 5 minute long and features completely new footage of the DLC and also shows some spectacular visuals from the game. The intro is up on GTTV as well, and is a 590MB download.

Downloading the movie from GTTV is much recommended due to the higher quality of the footage. If you don’t want to bother with that then check out the footage embedded here.


Gran Turismo 5’s DLC is $12 for a Smorgasbord of Stuff

Along with its big update, which is free, Gran Turismo 5 is also getting some paid DLC, which includes new cars, new courses, new clothes and…new paint colours.

There will be four packs made available on October 18. One has 15 new cars, including the Red Bull X2011, touring cars and three karts. It’s $8. One has two new tracks, including SPA-Francorchamps. It’s $5. One has ninety items of “racing gear” to dress your driving avatar in, for $3, and the last includes 100 new colours to paint your cars with, with that pack going for $2.

Because that adds up to be quite a bit for what you’re getting, you can save a bit of cash and buy it all for $12.


Gran Turismo 5: New Free Updates, DLC, and Price Drop

If you have been keeping up with GT5, you know Polyphony Digital has been very diligent about releasing free updates to improve the game, especially the online racing mode. Ever since the launch, Kazunori Yamauchi and his team have been carefully studying posts on forums, reading comments on PlayStation.Blog posts and across Twitter, talking to fans at events, and more. The game has evolved a lot since last November, thanks in part to the dedicated GT fans voicing their opinions.

Now I’m here to share with you some very exciting news about the biggest FREE update yet, releasing in the next few weeks. It will add new features and even more functionality to your GT5 experience.

Polyphony learned that a lot of fans out there love driving using the game’s interior view, and has given some serious thought to it. With this new update, all cars in the game will now have interior views. Although the level of visual details will vary based on what car you choose, you can now race from behind the wheel of any car in the game. In addition, you’ll be able to get the 2011 season versions of the 11 NASCAR race cars for the first time.

Some of the other improvements introduced are greatly reduced load times when loading races, quicker menu response times, and adjustable opponent AI in Arcade Mode. Players will now have the option to save their progress during lengthy racing events so they can come back and finish at a later time, and can also adjust weather conditions for races using a slider function that goes from mild to severe.

The wildly popular Photo Mode has been updated to allow players to take pictures with their personalized driver avatars with customizable racing suits and helmets. You can even fast-forward and rewind race replays now to better capture that key moment in the race.

For those who enjoy racing online with your fellow gearheads, we’re expanding the shuffle race mode. As with the same feature in Gran Turismo PSP, this allows friendly competition between players of different skill levels. Players setting up online races will also have a host of new regulations available to customize their own events. New bonus incentives are introduced for players who log in and play on a consistent basis.

Truly hardcore racing fans will be stoked to hear that GT5 will now officially and fully support the Logitech G25 and G27 Racing Wheels.

The final piece of big news is that there will be a full batch of downloadable content for Gran Turismo 5 in the coming weeks. This DLC will of course include new vehicles and tracks, plus some additional surprises.

We’ll have more details very soon on the specifics of the DLC, so stay tuned, and check the blog and the official Gran Turismo website for further details.

I am ending this post with a comment from the man himself, Kazunori Yamauchi, president of Polyphony Digital and creator of the Gran Turismo franchise:

The coming Gran Turismo 5 Spec 2 update is an update that contains the feedback from the users playing GT5 online every day. We have added cars such as the newest NASCAR race cars, but many of the updates are those that improve usability and expand the field of game play. I believed from the initial release of Gran Turismo 5 that it would be the users that would make the game grow thereafter, and we added things like interior views for the standard models because there was a lot of request for it from our users. You could say that this update is the shape and form of GT5 that was created through the opinions of our fans.

And if you don’t have Gran Turismo 5 yet, now is the perfect time to get into the best-selling racing game. In addition to all of the great new content and free updates, as of this week you can pick GT5 up for only $39.99.

Gran Turismo 5 update, DLC inbound

Gran Turismo 5 was announced alongside the PlayStation 3’s unveiling in 2005, and it took developer Polyphony Digital five years to actually release the game.

The studio isn’t done tuning Gran Turismo 5 just yet, as series producer Kazunori Yamauchi today announced via Twitter that the “Spec 2.0” update for Gran Turismo 5 will arrive sometime during the third week of October.

While Yamauchi made no mention as to what the update will contain, he did say that new downloadable content for Gran Turismo 5 will arrive a week after the update. Like with the “Spec 2.0” update, Yamauchi did not note what form the DLC will take.

Gran Turismo 5 has shipped 6.37 million units to date, with total franchise shipments tallying 63.15 million copies as of December 31, 2010.


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