|Gran Turismo 5|
|Publisher||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Designed by||Kazunori Yamauchi|
|Release date||24th November 2010 (NTSC)|
24th November 2010 (PAL)
Gran Turismo 5 (also known as GT5) is the fifth mainline edition of Sony/Polyphony Digital's racing video game series, Gran Turismo. Expanding on the Prologue version, which was first released in Japan in October 2007 and intended to give an impression of the final game, is the first of the main numbered series to be released for the PlayStation 3. The "Gull-Wing" Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG appears on the cover of all regions' versions of the game.
As found in the Prologue, and for the first time in the numbered Gran Turismo series, the game is set to feature cars from Ferrari, including a few of their Formula One cars such as the Ferrari F2007 World Championship car the Ferrari F10 Race Car is also included. No other current F1 cars feature in GT5 as of yet (12/10). In addition to Prologue features, it will also include the 'Top Gear' Test Track from the BBC motoring show Top Gear, and will greatly expand on the number of cars available to 1031 according to the Offical GT5 Car List. There will also be a 16 player online mode as in GT5 Prologue. The game will also feature trophy support and custom soundtracks. New to the series will also be NASCAR, WRC (World Rally Championship), and Super GT. ( Most of the Super GT cars have their JGTC versions included as well.)
For the first time in the main series, an online mode will be available in the game, with 16 player capability. Both mechanical and external damage have been confirmed, along with interior damage for 200 "premium" cars. Night racing will make a reappearance for GT5, with every course having the option for night racing. Weather effects are also confirmed to be included, although the extent of the implementation is currently unknown.
In an April 2008 interview, Kazunori Yamauchi revealed that 150 people had worked on Gran Turismo 5 for four years, with all of Polyphony Digital's 120 employees working on GT5, and the game costing 50 times more to develop ($60 million) than 1997's Gran Turismo. He also confessed that GT5 might not be released until after 2009. In a July 2008 interview with IGN, Yamauchi mentioned that at the moment, Polyphony Digital is focused on updates for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and that Gran Turismo 5 may not be released until 2010. Although in E3 of 2009 he revealed that he could release the game anytime he wants, he claims they are working out all the bugs.
The game will be supported by numerous racing wheels. The official wheel of the Game is Logitech's Driving Force GT. In the case if players own wheels compatable with previous titles, they can be used as well.