Gran Turismo 5's pre-online shutdown event unlocks Gran Turismo 6 cars

Sony's simulation racer is among the PS3 games set to be taken offline at the end of May.

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With Gran Turismo 5's online services scheduled to be taken permanently offline at the end of May, developer Polyphony Digital is hosting one last online event that will allow participants to unlock a handful of cars for use in the game's sequel, Gran Turismo 6.

Beginning late tonight and running through May 30, players will be able to take part in the Gran Turismo 5 Online Event Finale, according to a post on the franchise's website (via GTPlanet). Contained in the event are two stages: one on the Top Gear test track with a 2011 Mazda Roadster TC, and one on the 24-hour Nürburgring track with a 2011 Nissan GT-R N24 Schulze Motorsports.

Once you've registered lap times on both during the month of May, you'll need to start up Gran Turismo 6 (pictured above) between June 2 and June 29 while signed into the same PlayStation Network account. By doing so, you'll unlock the following five cars:

  • 2009 Abarth Grande Punto
  • 2011 Renault Sport Megane R.S. Trophy
  • 2008 Nissan Fairlady Z (Z34)
  • 2012 Tesla Motors Model S Signature Performance
  • 2012 Subaru S206 NBR Challenge Package

Polyphony says it "hand selected these cars specifically as they will be very useful in the early stages of Gran Turismo 6." Gran Turismo 5 was released on PS3 in November 2010 and was succeeded by Gran Turismo 6 this past December.

GT5 is among a handful of Sony's first-party PS3 games, including the first three Resistance games, MAG, and SOCOM: Confrontation, being taken offline in May. In GT5's case, its DLC is being removed from the PlayStation Store, rendering some of it inaccessible after today, April 30.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
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Discussion

40 comments
claclashalacka
claclashalacka

ill upgrade this time but sony better not come out with a GT7 and do it like the did GT6, and add a few little knick knacks to the same game and call it something new!! and then force everyone to restart their virtual lives and upgrade to a different game!….. Thanks for wasting my bandwidth sony, this is your last chance..

lilj2626
lilj2626

aw dis online CRAP???Im so sic wit dat all da GOODIES B online??we need MORE single play GOODIES aw yaw FOOLS playn online need a ONLINE version made jus fa yaw???I dont Play games just to git ONLINE n play wit a 1000 folk so git ova it dem games OLD play da game wat iT was MEANT to b FIRST Single play if yaw stil kno wat THAT is??Play it beat it Move on dats wat I do n we shud make 2 versions Single play wit Single DLC n a MP dat b great n aLso add up sales BYEEEEE

Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

You know what? Damn you Sony........ Motorstorm 1 & 2, White Knight 1 & 2, MAG, SOCOM saga , Metal Gear 4, Resistance saga and now GT 5!?!? You should learn something from Microsoft and try not to DESTROY your own motherf#$king games!!!! 

nixon45jm
nixon45jm

I kinda hope project cars is that racing sim i've been wait for kinda like a combo of GT and forza damge and physics.

darkmask1991
darkmask1991

Im deeply saddened of this news, not because they´re shutting down GT5 online (It wasn´t that great anyway), but this shows how some of the new games are getting dependent on online features to increase their value, only for it to last few years before turning obsolete..

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Yeah, I'm not buying any more Gran Turismos... The online was terrible anyway.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Way to manipulate your consumers. "You know that game you bought? You can't play it online anymore. But you can play it one last time and unlock cars for a game you don't own, but only during a specific time period. Then go buy that game." Forget Gran Turismo. They've been licking Forza's tire tracks since Forza 2.

Halloll
Halloll

I didn't like GT4 but GT5 was the best driving game I ever played, GT6 just doesn't have the same feeling as 5,  not that 6 is bad but you could feel that someone poured his heart and soul in making 5 while 6 feels like someone just wanted his paycheck.

stuff238
stuff238

DAMN YOU PD! I bought GT6 at launch and I still had GT5 sitting on my shelf until just last week. I traded it in because I have GT6 and you were killing the online. WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME!?!!??!!?

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!! *Slams keyboard*

m_dorian
m_dorian

Hey Sony, i m not buying 6. Try to figure why.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I just found a dirt cheap PS3 and was going to buy this and probably 6 but I'm not rushing out to buy them just for a couple of cars.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

GT6 should be a PS4 game. Im not going to bother with it. I'll just wait for GT7 on PS4

adub424
adub424

What will really get your goat is that they were on the disk the whole time. Unlock them for DLC price of $60.

gajbutler
gajbutler

Why I never buy online games for consoles, at least the PC has the modding community to keep games alive and they'll host their own server system.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Wasn't MAG and Socom Confrontation already killed off? Grand Turismo 5 dies in May. The others died in Janurary?

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

still waiting for greatness, just hope when gt 7 arrives the 'micro transactions' dont react 120 gbp for a car lol

PStrife
PStrife

So they are just doing this to push Gran Turismo 6 sales.  Conspiracy indeed.

llsinister84ll
llsinister84ll

Man fuuuuuuck this game was epic fun online ppl makin invisible haked cars makin 30k hp beast machines drag racing legit cars on nurb str8 chillin at the nurb bend checkin evreyones rides out racing ppl on the course this game was really great and it will be missed i spent a lot of time with this game online thanks gt5!!!

FroMcJoe
FroMcJoe

Lol, Forza 2 was still online enabled last month when I tried it.

RossRichard
RossRichard

Trying to push us towards microtransactions.

magicalclick
magicalclick

Sony is humbly taking down the GT5 online service.

nayce54
nayce54

Can people actually have fun with these "simulators?"

Petman8246
Petman8246

@gajbutler  The ultimate test for that will be at the end of this month when the Gamespy servers get shut down.

rasterror
rasterror

Forza 4? I can still play Forza 2 online if I wanted to.

stuff238
stuff238

@nayce54  Ask the 9 to 14 million people who buy every GranTurismo game. It sells more than halo. Does that answer your question?

Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

@nayce54  No! Of course not!! People ONLY have fun with naruto....

llsinister84ll
llsinister84ll

@sladakrobot @llsinister84ll it was cuz host had the ability to kik you so if u wanted to race legit you coukd just find a regular lobby or if u wanted a hak car lobby u can find o for the most part it was a pretty solid experince online minus the disconnect issues evreyone had

llsinister84ll
llsinister84ll

It was cuz host has tge ability to kik u so if y wanna race legit u could just find a regular lobby and if u wanted a hak car lobby u just select the type of lobby u wanted it was fun

rasterror
rasterror

Oh my god it hurt my brain trying to decipher that. Are you okay?