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Gran Turismo HD WILL be released | PS3Blog.net

Some of you might be quite disappointed by that news… Where is Gran Turismo 5? The answer to that question is basically don’t expect it until 2008. However, the release of Gran Turismo HD is not all bad news. The game is thankfully not a simple revision of the Gran Turismo 4 that was released on PS2 last year and includes some new features.

The core of the game is Gran Turismo HD Classic. To all intents and purposes this is Gran Turismo 4 simply upgraded into High Definition, but there is one chnage though which may take some time to establish fully. You start the game with NO cars or tracks. These can instead be bought and downloaded via the web for (depending on the car) around $0.43 – $0.85 (25p-50p) or (depending on the course $1.71 – $4.26 (£1-£2.50). Interesting approach! Not all the cars will be available from day one (lets hope this is refelected a slightly cheaper on the shelf price!).

Then the second part of the game Gran Turismo HD Premium acts in a similar way to GT: Prologue. This is a completely PS3 designed game inteneded to give players a hint of what to expect from GT5. It features 30 cars and two tracks (one of which is brand new), changeable weather (:D) and another 30 cars and two more downloadable tracks.

Both modes are expected to contain online elements which had been tested in a beta version of Gran Turismo 4 Online on PS2 where modes included Quick Race, Tuned Race, Private Race and Time Attack although other modes are expected to be announced.

The title is due in Japan in December which hints at a US release in late December or after Christmas and a European release around launch!

  • hotcarl

    *confused*
    …source?
    So, will this be a game purchased off the shelf, or will it be strictly DL content?

  • This is weird. Doesn’t sound like something I want to do. Unless they give the base game away for almost free, I don’t see the point.

    And Gran Turismo HD Premium only has 2+2 tracks? That’s crazy.

  • Darrin

    This sounds horrible. I doubt that it will be as bad as this sounds.

    If they can provide extra value online, I’ll be happy to pay a fair fee, but this sounds like a huge step back from GT4 where you get a huge library of cars/tracks out of the box without the added cost or hassle of a pay as you go fee structure.

    Also, GT4 is already HD at 1080i. I’m sure this one is better but that’s still not a very exciting enhancement. Despite being an interim release, they should still be able to put in some more substantial improvements.

  • Yeah, I wonder if things’ll change between now and then too.

  • Tom

    At the time I didn’t have a linkable source (I went via a forum translation)… and to make matters worse I think the rest of the internet has come away with the wrong idea.

    Again, to re-iterate- my inderstanding is that Sony will release a game called Gran Turismo HD. This game will feature both Gran Turismo HD: Classic and Gran Turismo HD: Premium. Think of previous Gran Turismo where you have had Gran Turismo Arcade and Gran Turismo Simulation mode choices at the front screen.

    HD Premium is a demonstration of how GT5 will be and will come with 30 cars and two tracks specially designed for PS3. You can then pay extra at a later date for another two tracks and 30 more cars.

    HD Classic is GT4 in 1080p HD- you start with no cars and have to build up your garage through micro transactions. I would hope these transactions are tied to “entitlements” or Sony’s currency on the PlayStation server. Win a race get some entitlements put them towards the cost of buying a new car- of course the majority of payments will have to come from yourself. I would also hope the game is as a result released at (at the most) a budget title price (£15?/$20?).

  • matt

    That is a horrible way to release a game. I know a lot of people now have access to the internet through broadband, but everyone does not have easy access to hook up a console that way. This doesn’t sound right unless they are going to sell the game for $20.

    Also factor in that a lot of gamers who play racing games are young and do not have credit cards to purchase Sony Money. They would have to go to the store with their parents and explain why they need to buy a $25-$50 Sony card.

    This smells of failure because their is so much involved in playing this game the same way that it has been played the last 4 versions.