Gran Turismo 5 Weather Trailer and Community Features
The above is the weather trailer that was shown at the TGS keynote last night. Yes, there’s snow and rain now! Unfortunately, the weather effects won’t be available on all courses. Mostly only those with a focus on endurance races, but there is lightning and the like. And yes, humidity and air pressure will be a factor as well (they also said that windshield wipers only work on premium model cars, which I think is kind of stupid).
As far as community features go, GT5 has something call ‘My Home’. My Home seems to offer quite a bit, and can be used both in-game and online. There are three modes: GT LIFE, Profiles, and Community. Polyphony has only touched on Community for now, but has said that you will not only be able to communicate privately in races with friends, but you can also share photos, user-created courses, cars and parts (I’m sure tuning setups would be something as well). All of this can also be done online via gran-turismo.com starting November 2nd.
Now onto a bit more of the Community features (and stuff people might take a big interest in). You can set rules for lobbies and host up to 15 friends, with selectable rules and the like (perfect for our race nights). It doesn’t say how deep the options for the lounge go, though. There is also something called ‘Remote Racing’ where you can have an AI-controlled driver race against one of your friends when you’re away from the PS3. It’s not like B-Spec, where you can give commands, but you can watch the races remotely on a PC.
There were also a bunch of new cars announced, including the X1 Prototype shown in the trailer above. They say it’s the fastest racing car on land, but does that mean it’s faster than an 8,000HP top fuel dragster (320MPH in under 5 seconds)? Probably not. Other vehicles include a 1989 Isuzu 4200R, Citroën GT, and, get this, a 1962 Volkswagen typ2 bus (I knew that’s what I saw in the trailers). There’s also the WWII VW Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen (from 1944 and 1942 respectively).
A few tracks have also been redone for GT5. Of these, there’s the favorite Trial Mountain Circuit (one of my GT favorites), an updated Laguna Seca (my personal choice for tuning cars), and Sarthe 2009. Hopefully more legacy tracks make a return as well.