Well, if one Gran Turismo related announcement at E3 wasn’t enough already (see the Gran Turismo PSP article); Sony and Polyphony Digital had to go one better with the debut trailer for the actual Gran Turismo 5. No details such as the release date have been revealed yet, but one thing is for certain. If Gran Turismo 5 is anything like the trailer, we are in for a treat.
Whether or not the video (which can be viewed below) is all in game is questionable, however going on the high quality of previous GT games and Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, this seems to be the real deal. The trailer starts off with a quiet town, somewhere in Europe, being awoken by the sights and sounds of several angry Super GT Japanese race cars. This will surely be based around a lovely menu screen that is used within the game, just like Prologue. Then several planes fly overhead a race event and the real action begins.
The first thing to note is that it is beautiful. The detail in the cars seems to be even higher than in Prologue, as do the track surroundings.
The next item of note is the official World Rally Championship licence, with all the cars and liveries shown off on a vast rally stage, with cars seemingly racing both alone and alongside each other. Moving on from the rallying, Gran Turismo has also acquired the rights to the NASCAR series, a big step in the right direction, especially for sales in America. The classic Tsukuba track is also there, as is the fabled Nürburgring, the most challenging race circuit in the world.
But wait, it gets better, much better. 1 minute and 27 seconds in the video, a Subaru Impreza jumps into the air. It briefly shows the highly detailed inside view of the car and then also a shot of the driver, who is Petter Solberg. Solberg was World Rally Champion in 2003 and drove for Subaru in the championship last year. If he is the only driver modelled in the game remains to be seen, but it is most definitely him and we can’t wait to see if there are any other drivers included in the final release.
As the car lands the jump, it takes a heavy hit, resulting in damage. Yes, you read that right, damage. It is finally in a Gran Turismo game and it is what fans and sceptics alike have wanted for years. It does seem to be fairly light damage, so we cannot read too much into it; however some damage is better than none at all.
So, watch the video and see if you can find any other bits of information that we might have missed and please post a comment below. As always, TSA will be keeping you up to date on Gran Turismo 5 right up to release (whenever that may be).