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Gran Turismo in 2011: The Year in Review

January

  • Sony Germany kicked off the New Year with the release of an official “reality check” video comparing GT5′s Nürburgring to the real thing.
  • GTPlanet’s Weekly Race Series GT5 qualifier gets underway for the first time, to bring this long-running series to yet another iteration of the series.
  • Kazunori Yamauchi is named by Esquire magazine as one of its ten “Men at the Top 2010”, alongside Tour de France and BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 Mark Cavendish and The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan.
  • The first US iteration of GT Academy gets underway, with 50,000 players registering and 512 progressing through the first round.
  • GTPlanet celebrates a huge milestone on January 25th – a decade online! A “Feedback” section is added to the site to provide a more constructive resource for our readers at Sony.....

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insidesimracing.tv presents an interview with the North American GT Academy Champion, Bryan Heitkotter. Bryan was the first from North America in the competition that Sony and Nissan have backed since 2008. Bryan went up against more than 50,000 in Gran Turismo 5 to win his spot as a GT Academy pro driver and will run in the 24 hours of Dubai in January of 2012.

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“Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition” Full Details, Box Art Released

More information about the recently-leaked “Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition” has just been posted by online retailer NewEgg. From the product description:

Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition features the full original version of Gran Turismo 5 game, the best-selling racing game on PlayStation 3, all of the downloadable patches and free feature and content updates through Spec 2.0, as well as a voucher for all of Gran Turismo 5′s current and yet –to-be-released DLC valued at over $25.

Features:

  • Original Gran Turismo 5 game

  • 1000+ customizable cars

  • 20+ Tracks, 70+ layouts

  • 16-player online racing

  • New online racing challenges updated on a regular basis

  • All game patches/updates since launch, including new Spec 2.0 update released in October 2011.

  • Voucher for over $25 worth of DLC, including 25 new cars, 4 tracks, and more

  • All of the DLC from October, December, and early 2012.

As you can see, the description offers a few small hints at what we can expect in 2012. Both NewEgg and Amazon currently list XL‘s release date as January 17, 2012, though no official announcement has yet been made by SCEA.

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Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition Hits This Month for $39.99

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I’m happy to announce Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition, a brand-new version of Gran Turismo 5 packed with even more features, functionality, and content. Here’s what you can expect to find inside when it rolls out to stores starting January 17th:

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Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition Contents

  • Original Gran Turismo 5 game, featuring more than 1,000 cars, 20+ locations with 70+ track layouts, diverse racing styles including rally, track, karting, NASCAR, and more, deep online community features and online racing, plus Gran Turismo TV, Course Maker and more.

  • All of the new and improved features and functionality from all free downloadable game updates up through
    Spec 2.0
    included on the disc.

  • Voucher good for over $20 worth of
    DLC content
    , including the Racing Car Pack, Car Pack 2, Course Pack, Racing Gear Pack, and Paint Pack.

The XL Edition will also feature a new reversible inside coversheet featuring the new Red Bull X2011 supercar, to add a different look to your game library shelf.

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You’ll be able to pick up the XL Edition of Gran Turismo 5 after January 17 for just $39.99. Watch the blog and the official GT website for more news about Gran Turismo, DLC, and new Gran Turismo TV content available exclusively within the game.

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One – or possibly two – new circuits have been revealed in the latest promotional trailer by Polyphony Digital. The video, seen above, celebrates Acura’s new NSX Concept, revealed today at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. The most prominent new circuit features a harbor in the background, with ships, cranes, and shipping containers. A large, architecturally unique tower is also visible; first beside a high-speed banked turn, and again in the distance.

A possible second track can also be seen around 1:43, characterized by flat terrain and a large satellite dish, similar in appearance to those found at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico, USA. Polyphony Digital has already posted the video to their website, but offer no further information on the availability of the Acura NSX Concept or the new circuits.

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Lamborghini Aventador, “Route X” Circuit, & More in Reported GT5 2.03 Details

Apparent information about Gran Turismo 5′s third round of DLC has appeared here in GTPlanet’s forums. According to “Space Empire”, GT5′s 2.03 update will be launched on January 18th, and will include a few of the following new changes and features:

  • New themes for My Home in GT Mode.
  • An option for tire wearing in Pit Strategy (B-spec).
  • Simulates regenerative braking on electric cars.
  • Chaparral 2J Race Car ’70: Fan down force option.
  • Fixed unintended pit stop error in the final lap of a B-spec race.
  • 12 new colors and 12 new wall papers for My Home theme.
  • Electric cars run slowly without applying acceleration.
  • Regenerative braking affects the cruising distance.

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New downloadable content packs will, reportedly, also become available. The “Speed Test Pack” will include the new “Special Stage Route X Oval” revealed in the recent Honda NSX Concept video, and Car Pack 3 will include the following new vehicles:

  • Nissan Leaf G 2011
  • Aston Martin V12 Vantage 2010
  • Volkswagen [beetle] 1200 1966
  • Jaguar XJR-9 LM Racecar 1988
  • Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 2011
  • Mini Mini Cooper S Countryman (R60) 2011

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This information has now been confirmed by the Asia/Hong Kong official PlayStation site, with the car pack (Car Pack 3) priced at approximately $5 (47HK$) and the “Speed Test Pack” containing Route X priced at approximately $4 (31HK$).

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Previsti per il 18 gennaio 2012 sono altri due pacchetti per Gran Turismo 5, all'interno del rilancio dei contenuti scaricabili per la simulazione di guida targata Plyphony Digital.

Vediamo qua sotto alcune immagini diffuse in queste ore dal team di sviluppo interno a Sony per quanto riguarda lo Speed Test Pack e il Car Pack 3: il primo include il tracciato "Special Stage Route X Oval" specificamente studiato per i test di velocità, con tanto di nuove possibilità di misurazione delle performance delle auto da provare sulla pista in questione.

Il terzo pacchetto di auto comprende invece le seguenti vetture:

  • Aston Martin V12 Vantage '10
  • Jaguar XJR-9 LM Race Car '88
  • Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 '11
  • Mini Cooper S Countryman (R60) '11
  • Nissan Leaf G '11
  • Volkswagon 1200 '66

Lo Speed Test Pack sarà scaricabile per 4,99 euro, il Car Pack 3 per 5,99 euro.

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Gran Turismo 5′s Car Pack 3, Route X DLC Full Details

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The new GT5 downloadable content that leaked a few days ago was confirmed earlier today by the North American and European PlayStation Blogs, who provided a few more details and pricing information.

As expected, “Car Pack 3″ will include the following vehicles and will be available in the PlayStation Store for $5.99 (USD) / €5.99 / £4.79.

  • Nissan Leaf G 2011
  • Aston Martin V12 Vantage 2010
  • Volkswagen [beetle] 1200 1966
  • Jaguar XJR-9 LM Racecar 1988
  • Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 2011
  • Mini Mini Cooper S Countryman (R60) 2011

The “Speed Test Course Pack” will also become available at that time for $3.99 (USD) / €3.99 / £3.19, which includes the Route X test course and an apparent new “Speed Test” mode that allows you to exactly measure “things like your mile, quarter-mile, acceleration, and g-force”.

The blogs also confirm you’ll be able to use Route X online, though it’s still not clear if this will enable formal online drag races as desired by many fans.

Polyphony Digital has also posted an online maintenance notice for 03:00 GMT on January 17th, so expect the 2.03 update to go live shortly thereafter.

As for the DLC’s availability, the North American PlayStation Blog confirms it will be available next Tuesday, January 17. However, the European blog re-iterates the original release date of Wednesday, January 18.

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