Gran Turismo 5 Update - Dynamic Weather, Rally Courses, and Playing on Your Computer

Just when we thought we knew everything there is to know about this oft-delayed racer, Polyphony Digital proves us wrong.

Last month, we were in Germany for Gamescom watching Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi reel off a dense checklist of new features in Gran Turismo 5 that included a course generator, go-karts, and the expanded B-Spec driver management mode. To be honest, we were surprised there was so much left to show for a game that's been in development so long and has thus been the subject of so much prior coverage. Fast forward one month and we're left with the same thought. Here at Tokyo Game Show 2010, Yamauchi has just treated the press to a similar presentation with yet more new content to be found in Sony's upcoming simulation racer.

Among the highlights of this presentation was a look at some of the game's new community features. There's a screen in GT5 called My Home that acts as a sort of community hub, allowing you to send messages, share content, and generally explore what you're friends have been up to in the game. There's also going to be an online counterpart to the game's My Home screen at gran-turismo.com that will let you explore similar community features by logging in with your existing PlayStation Network ID. But what really grabbed our attention about this Web site was this: When leaving your PlayStation 3 in remote mode, you'll be able to have your machine act as a server and manage races through your Web browser with the B-Spec race management mode. “Right now the browser game industry and the console game industry are two completely different things," remarked Yamauchi. "This is the first example of something that bridges the two.”

The other big new feature was an extended look at GT5's dynamic weather system. After previously announcing that GT5 will offer the ability to race during nighttime conditions, today, we got to see what sort of hazardous weather you'll be able to pair that with to create some truly challenging race scenarios. Rain and snowfall are a couple of the weather types you'll be able to race in, and in true Polyphony style, these conditions affect not only the driver's visibility but also the physics of a car on the road. In fact, the driving lines left by cars in a heavy snowfall create grooves in the ground with which you'll also have to contend. Yamauchi admitted that these types of conditions are definitely for the expert driver but hopes the allure offers novice players an enticing challenge. All we know is, with one of the newly announced cars from today, you'll now be able to race a Volkswagen Bus through a snowstorm in the dark of night. That's pretty crazy.

Speaking of new cars, Volkswagen was easily the dominant make in the list of five newly unveiled models that Yamauchi included in the presentation. In addition to the hippie favorite Volkswagen Samba Bus, there was the Volkswagen Kubelwagen and the amphibious Volkswagen Schwimmwagen. Outside the VW family, Yamauchi unveiled the Isuzu 4200R, a concept car first unveiled at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show and the GT by Citroen race car that was created as an interesting collaboration between Citroen, who designed the exterior, and Polyphony, who did the interior. Then, on the subject of tracks, Yamauchi announced both Laguna Seca and Trial Mountain will return, which have been completely rebuilt since the last time they appeared in the Gran Turismo 5 series. And finally, there's also going to be the Circuit de Sarthe track for some nighttime Le Mans action.

Lastly, Yamauchi gave us a look at a new Rally mode. Tucked away in a special events screen that included other options like The Stig Challenge, Jeff Gordon NASCAR School, and Mercedes-Benz AMG Driving School, Gran Turismo Rally drops you into the seat of an off-road race car driver with an experience that seems to differ quite a bit from the usual GT experience. Here, start times are staggered, the courses are randomly generated, and you've got a navigator voice telling you about each turn ahead of time so that you don't have to keep glancing at the map. Yamauchi gave us a demo on one of these randomly generated point-to-point rally tracks, and you'd be hard pressed to tell it wasn't a predesigned course. We did notice that the dust effects in GT5 leave quite a bit to be desired, as the puffs of dirt kicking off the ground looked pretty choppy, but overall, the look of the rally events with their cars bouncing all over the off-road tracks was pretty solid. We're looking forward to getting the final product when it arrives on November 2.

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udmatador
udmatador

/drool thanks forza for keeping my electric heroin neuroreceptors at bay while we all waited about 5 years for this game to come out. now i can quit my job, dump my girlfriend, board up the house, and die happy with a controller in my hands..... the only thing that is gonna suck is the silly face i have when im dead with 100% completed and they'll find me with that god awful contemporary jazz music they play in the menu's. :P

LEOSI
LEOSI

@spedmuffin24183 Thks man, now all clear here =) So i go buy PS3 anyway =) i waited for GT5 for years =)

Arrwmkr
Arrwmkr

I can drive well in real life but all to often find it hard to even stay on the road with driving games. I hope this is not the case with GT5. A game should allow you to push the limits and drive even better than you can in real life not worse! :)

spedmuffin24183
spedmuffin24183

@Leosi and theknownone In the title when it says "playing on your computer" it simply means if your playstation is on you will be able to access your b-spec mode on their web page from your pc. In saying that there will be no driving or racing via your pc as of yet..(dont think there ever will be) and no release for pc due to this being a sony produced game and being exclusivly for the ps3. If you arnt sure what b-spec mode is its when you take the role of the crew chief and watch a simulated race with you calling the shots. Hope that clears it up for you guys :)

theknownone
theknownone

I think LEOSI is right, does this mean it's going to be on PC? if it's then wow that's so unexcepted!

LEOSI
LEOSI

Sry my noob question, but what means " and playing on Your Computer " ??? Gran Turismo 5 comes to PC to??? Because the title says " Gran Turismo 5 Update - Dynamic Weather, Rally Courses, and Playing on Your Computer "

msp19
msp19

erm, does this game deserve less then a 10? Or should gamespot just give it a 9 or 9.5? Imo, from what i know know this game is a 10. But, if there are bugs, glitches or whatsoever, then i should reconsider it.. Anyway, i have preorderd my copy of the special edition:D I really want to have this game!

zeta
zeta

Flying DeLorean please?

blueace88
blueace88

this game will do what no other game has ever done: make me wish I owned a ps3!

lozvil
lozvil

I preordered already... :)

da2g
da2g

don`t you worry hasanckair - duke nukem is developed for 12 years :)

hasancakir
hasancakir

But I still prefer arcade races over simulations. They are more fun to play :) Simulations are for serious players :) I guess I'll buy the new NFS:Hot Pursuit.

hasancakir
hasancakir

They put so many things in the game. I dont know if I double-layer blu-ray disc would be enough for all this stuff :) Think of it that it is the first (and probably the last) GT game for PS3. 5 years for a game= All in one racing game with more than 1000 cars. It's amazing say this and I believe it would be more amazing to play :)

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Best news EVER! My PS3 will be turned on again.

josh7845
josh7845

i hope it comes before 2011 just bought the logitech steering wheel for it looks fantastic

josh7845
josh7845

i hope it comes before 2011 just bought the logitech steering wheel for it looks fantastic

matchbox10
matchbox10

SERIOUSLY NEEDS TO COME OUT!!!! Every single thing I read about GT5 I just want it MORE!!! and NOW!!!

StarrGTR
StarrGTR

Just feels like this is never going to be released. So frustrating :(

progamemania
progamemania

@JuSs2Fr3Sh no mate it wouldn't be hot. at the contrary it would be so boring. you have to understand that some people don't really like to play online coz it doesn't control like the single player campaign. Take GT5 prologue for example. there were lots of problems like "dancing cars". I don't want online to ruin my single player simulation mode in GT5. Let's keep things as they are shall we.

eliebaz
eliebaz

As amazing as this looks i wish it had free play similar to TDU. there should be a game with TDU free play, GT5 realisticness and car variety, and crashing better than any other game so that it is somewhat realistic because it is just annoying when you crash into a wall and just bounce back. Even though this game has improved on crashing physics, I still have higher expectations

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

you're always gonna see platform warfare zidan4000 when people only buy one system rather than both. people dont buy two different washing machines, but videogame systems are different and I reckon you should buy what you need to play what you want.

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

what u talkin about valdips3? game isn't out yet, and i cant see the review for it. the thing i'm hoping for the most with GT5 is that they fix/improve the horrible scripted physics that were in GT4 (and previous GT's). the power of the PS3 should allow them to have proper physics for the first time ever in a GT game. in keeping with physics, i also hope the cars don't feel "stuck" to the road like they do in previous GT's (ie, there's clearly no suspension simulation goin on), but again the power of PS3 should allow them to do everything right now.

JuiceMcGoose
JuiceMcGoose

So Nov. 2 is still on? Good! REALLY looking forward to this game!!! I've raced a '61 VW bus at night through the snow. Slow, but buses do well in the snow because of the high ground clearance, engine placement and narrow tires. But of course, they don't have heaters. At least ones that work.

FullyQuipt
FullyQuipt

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valdips3
valdips3

this is not good for gamespot, a fanboy give 9,5 to forza... gran turismo is bigger in every way, give it 9,5 is BS, it's deserves a 10, make justice gamespot, the only thing that i consider a drawback in GT is the crowd,is looking cardboard.

nobody21
nobody21

I really hope for the best for GT5. Been a hard core fan since to first 1... and start to question myself at GT4. I mean, it's still one of the best product on console for racing enthusiast but... my question is why? Why do you make a photo tour mode? Why the adjustment on the damn shutter is as detailed as the suspension adjustment? Why can I see a guy roll under my car to change my oil? I still can't change the paint color! Why can I drive a 1 hp vintage car? When you buy a racing game, you don't want to drive the damn Mazda Demio van... It wasn't fun back then, and it won't be fun to drive the VW van. Racing. It's like putting a fly swatter in Modern Warfare 2. You're gonna laugh for half a second and then move on. I don't want a photo tour, I want to drive without being dizzy with all the aliasing and see real collision physics. I really don't want to look like a hater, and understand that some people want to be perfect in every domain, but at some point, you're making people wait for a VW van and visible wax during a car wash.... in a racing simulator. Still really like GT. Sorry about that.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Lets see.... GT5 nearly filling the BR disk with tons of features as opposied less than 10GB for froza. yet soo many blind people will say Forza is better. Still both are fun... just with GT5 you get more for your money. throw in head tracking, Nascar, Rally, track generator.... its just soo much, not really worth comparing.

wolfmgs
wolfmgs

i bet forza will have nothing to do with GT5 hope this game rate 9 or more

phoiv
phoiv

Forza is for men and gt for kids.They are both fun.

milan4554
milan4554

43 DAYS LEFT wowowowowah very nice. how much!!!! :)

zidan4000
zidan4000

i want to say that it always irritates me when people compare this game to forza on every single article, you rarely see people comparing final fantasy to resonance of fate or star ocean , or comparing killzone to halo , yet you have to see forza vs gt on every gt and forza article , n00bz keep on ranting while i enjoy both games on my two consoles.

JuSs2Fr3Sh
JuSs2Fr3Sh

it would be HOT! if they have there online mode like the the career mode... where you have to race other real people make money buy cars an all that good stuff

Gotteencs
Gotteencs

GT 5 will be great.Especially the graphics!!!

RydaR32
RydaR32

reedyourmind ....Theres loads about damage to cars, look on youtube. There are premium cars what take in depth damage like panels coming off and dents. Then standard ones which damage like forza 3.They released first released a video last year. cant believe its gonna be out in just over a month.been waiting since 2006 release. seems unreal.

reedyourmind
reedyourmind

How come nobody cares that there is no info on wether there is damage modeling. If it doen't have this it is simply not a realistic driving simulator.

AllMightyBruce
AllMightyBruce

All I have to do now is wait since I pre-ordered the collector's edition.

FlameRiser
FlameRiser

i cant believe they gave forza 2 a 9.5!after reading this id expect a 20.4!! ( out of ten ) from gt5 this game just continues to impress cant wait for 24 hour races lol i will definitely get my moneys worth with this and LBP2 :)

ALaGa
ALaGa

I think its good they spent so much time creating it, this is gonna be a game unlike all the others. And the opposite of Need for speed, whick sends out like two titles a year, all recent of which sucks. This game will redefine racing, be worth the money and EPIC!!

DeathProofDelta
DeathProofDelta

Please dont delay the game again Polyphony! Bring it on!

jer_1
jer_1

This game just keeps looking better and better to me! I can't for the life of me understand why someone would whine about free online gaming. I have had no issue finding good online games in any of the games I have bought. Sure there might not be as many dip**** underage kids on PSN as there is on XBL but that's not a negative in my experience.

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@akirakain So go play your Xbox 360 and stop being a troll. Xbox 360 has absolutely nothing to do with this article so I don't even know why on earth you would bring it up. If you wanna go rant go on the forums and do that this is not the article where we are talking about a comparison between the PSN and Live which cannot even be compared. Also this article is about Gran Turismo 5 not about you ranting that live is better then PSN.

akirakain
akirakain

i wish i had not brought my PS3 now, it's rubbish. playing my xbox and im like, why did Sony screw the pooch soo much this time round? shame coss the hardware is better, it's just the online side of the PSnetwork is awfull! id rather pay and have a better service like the xbox360 gods do... :-(

lozvil
lozvil

Going to be awesome... GT the best racing game series... as always...

akirakain
akirakain

it's just a shame this is not coming out on the xbox as well, i prefer my gaming on the xbox, for some reason it just seems better than the ps3, it's basically just become my blue ray player now, although saying that, it's cheaper to watch Skymovies HD than it is to buy blue ray disks all the time! oh well, no GT5 on the xbox, shame coss they would have sold more copies

dany__86
dany__86

I just hope the career mode is fully enhanced..

dany__86
dany__86

GT5.. Thumbs up, hats down..

ndntt44
ndntt44

If someone worries about gameplay they most probably never played a GT before. Afterall the main reason one buys GT is the absolute realistic translation of driving on the road dircetly on to our good old playstation. Awesome graphics are part of this translation, and not the main building stone of this game.