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Gran Turismo 5 at Tokyo Game Show: Community Features, Legacy Tracks, Weather Effects, X1 Prototype

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Sep 16, 2010 // Senior Manager, Social Media

At last night’s Gran Turismo 5 panel at the Tokyo Game Show in Makuhari Messe, Polyphony Digital’s Kazunori Yamauchi gave an extensive update on new features coming to GT5. Highlights included new community features related to My Home, weather effects such as rainfall, returning legacy tracks, and new cars. For more details, see the full announcement on Gran-Turismo.com. But first things first! Watch the new Tokyo Game Show trailer for Gran Turismo 5 below.






My Home Detailed

Gran Turismo 5 will include a big focus on social media functions and community interaction. The record of your playing experience, as well as your future objectives, are all organized on the “My Home” screen — a sort of “home base” for GT5 players. In addition to your PS3, My Home will also be viewable from your PC’s web browser starting on November 2nd, GT5’s release date. Kazunori explained that while console gaming and web browser gaming are separate fields, GT5’s My Home function will help bridge this gap.

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: My Home

My Home is made up of three modes: GT LIFE, Profiles, and Community. Today, Polyphony Digital primarily touched upon the Community element. Kazunori explained that, while the major feature of the Community element is the ability to privately communicate with and race your PSN friends online, there are many other communication features built into GT5. Sharing photos and user-created courses, mail, and even a BBS bulletin board will all be included in the Community section of GT5. These functions will also be available for use in a web browser on Gran-Turismo.com as well as your PS3. You’ll also be able to “gift” cars or car parts to your PSN friends.

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Special Events Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: My Home

Inside Community is “My Lounge,” in which up to 16 friends can gather to hold online races. Lounge rules are up to you and can be changed from lounge to lounge: A Spec allows you to race from behind the wheel, while B Space allows you to give commands to an AI driver as a sort of “director’s mode.” The AI driver feature also allows you to “rent out” AI drivers, and they’ll gain experience as they race.

Remote Racing is a special mode in Commmunity that also ties into the AI drivers and web browser support. In Remote Racing, you can set up an AI driver as “public,” and he may race against one of your PSN friends while you’re away. When you return, he’ll have gained experience while you were away. In Remote Racing, you’ll be able to watch these races, but not give AI commands like you would in the standard B Spec mode.

New Cars and X1 Prototype Reveal

With over 1000 cars in the final game, Polyphony Digital showed off a selection of new cars, starting with the X1 Prototype Project, a dream car that was designed in a partnership between Red Bull Racing and Polyphony Digital. See the mysterious X1 Prototype in the new video below.






Kazunori explained that both teams were interested in building a car that “throws aside all rules and regulations,” and was built for maximum performance — “the fastest racing car on land.” The X1 Protoype will be playable in GT5. In addition to the X1 Prototype, Kazunori also introduced a selection of new cars that will make it into GT5 on November 2nd.

Isuzu 4200R ’89

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Isuzu 4200R '89 Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Isuzu 4200R '89

Citroën GT by Citroën Race Car

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Citroën GT by Citroën Race Car Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Citroën GT by Citroën Race Car

Volkswagen typ2 (T1) Samba Bus ‘62

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen typ2 (T1) Samba Bus Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen typ2 (T1) Samba Bus

Volkswagen Kubelwagen typ82 ‘44

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen Kubelwagen typ82 Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen Kubelwagen typ82

Volkswagen Schwimmwagen typ166 ‘42

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen Schwimmwagen typ166 Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen Schwimmwagen typ166

Returning Legacy Tracks

Kazunori also confirmed that some popular legacy tracks from GT’s history have been rebuilt and remodeled for GT5. Check them out in the screens below.

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Trial Mountain Circuit Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Trial Mountain Circuit

Trial Mountain Circuit in Gran Turismo 5

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Laguna Seca Raceway Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Laguna Seca Raceway

Laguna Seca Raceway in Gran Turismo 5

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Sarthe 2009 Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Sarthe 2009

Sarthe 2009 in Gran Turismo 5

Weather Change Effects

Finally, the Polyphony Digital team also confirmed that environmental changes due to rain and snow have been implemented — down to functional windshield wipers. Combined with other new visual effects such as day-and-night cycle, lightning and tire smoke, Kazunori explained that the weather effects will allow for more immersive racing experiences. Kazunori also confirmed that the weather effects wouldn’t be available on every course, but primarily courses focused on endurance racing.

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Eiger Nordwand

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Eiger Nordwand Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Eiger Nordwand

For more details on Gran Turismo 5′s Tokyo Game Show announcements, visit Gran-Turismo.com.

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+ SmooshyKing on September 17th, 2010 at 3:07 pm said:

…and if you’ve ever watched real racing, you’ll notice that the professionals crash too. And they sure aren’t trying to.


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+ MXZBladEon on September 17th, 2010 at 4:36 pm said:

This game looks amazing

i doubt you will ever be able to make a GT6, at least not on a PS3 (perhaps PS4)


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+ Hombre_Alabama on September 17th, 2010 at 5:42 pm said:

I have tears of joy, this is just amazing!! I wanna be frozen till November 2nd!!! PD you guys rules!!!


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+ BubbleBelly542 on September 18th, 2010 at 1:26 pm said:

Wow! Simply amazing! Who thinks they need to scrap premium cars with stupid cockpit views and make the damage and other gameplay features better? I do! But the weather is sick especially with the weather. I was reading about this on the website it will also forecast weather but it may not be correct just like real life!
Who’s ready for online play? ME! It’s gonna be sick! I reordered the special edition! If you want to join a league in gt5 add me I’m bubblebelly542 invade you didn’t already see that


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+ Jedi08 on September 18th, 2010 at 1:33 pm said:

i ordered the Collectors Edition also, cant wait for this, its gonna be awesome…..only bad part, i have to wait until next years tax return to be able to afford my Game Seats racing seat w/optional gear shifter attachment, and my Logitech G27 racing wheel, and the 3D starter kit for my 60″ Mitsubishi DLP 3D-ready TV….once i get that stuff, well thats just icing on the cake :)


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+ Mak33 on September 19th, 2010 at 9:06 am said:

One very detailed effect I noticed is the water spray from other outside sources than just from above (sky). If you look closely and replay from 0:25 to 0:30, you’ll notice that the actual road spray from the vehicle in front produces a quick heavy splash of drops on the windshield. Before and after this event, the normal rain effects are not as dramatic. This is simply incredible and is hard to catch unless you replay this segment over and over.

Can’t wait for November like the rest of you. From what I’ve seen from trailers and gameplay, GT5 is mind-blowing.


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+ letherclad on September 20th, 2010 at 10:56 am said:

This is just nuts, this game is going to have so much content that its gonna take years to experience it all


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+ lSINGHl on October 1st, 2010 at 7:07 pm said:

I have the Collectors edition preordered. But how come Canada doesn’t get the signature edition? .


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+ z-assolluto-7-11 on October 15th, 2010 at 2:09 pm said:

Can’t wait for November 3 in Europe!


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