It's been a while since we heard anything about Gran Turismo 5, especially since we had the Prologue edition to tide us over last year. However, Sony marked E3 2009 with a spectacular new trailer for the game, and while it revealed little about the game or the release date, we gleaned plenty of hints about what to expect.
The trailer opened with an homage to cars, with Ferraris in the city and racing cars out on the track looking as good as ever. It was a flashily edited showing, particularly when the Balloon Angels planes screamed overhead. That said, it was difficult to ascertain whether the footage was in-game or prerendered, but that's a testament to the visual fidelity we've come to expect from the series.
The biggest news from the video is that both the WRC and NASCAR licenses will be included, which should please a lot of racing fans who are used to seeing them featured in their own separate games. The rally driving looked as impressive as ever, particularly the dirt-racing segment we saw, and we even saw a bit of damage to the front of one of the rally cars. Perhaps it was a sign that fans will finally get deformable vehicles in the series?
With Microsoft unveiling Forza Motorsport 3 yesterday and now Sony doing the same for Gran Turismo 5, it's clear that hardcore racing games are back on the agenda. No release date was announced today, but we'll be all over the Sony booth today to find out more.