If you’ve been looking forward to the release of Gran Turismo 5 then you won’t have to wait much longer to experience the latest edition of the Real Driving Simulator as the game is slated to be released on March 31….in Japan. Yup, GT5 finally has a release date but one still hasn’t been given for North America and Europe which is leaving some GT fans a bit ticked off.
Despite the lack of a release announcement for NA and EU GT fans should be happy to hear about some of the details in the game which may make some of the pain go away. Car buffs should in heaven once again as GT5 will feature 950 cars which includes brands new to the GT series such as Ferrari and Tesla. The exact number of tracks and locations in the game is still a bit unclear but the rumored number is that there are 20 locations and 70 tracks. Perhaps this number will be clarified soon as it would be nice to get an idea of how many tracks we’ll be wasting away our lives on trying to get the best lap times.
All the standard GT features are returning to the game like time trial mode, license tests, championships and the ability to wash your car along with doing an oil change. Some new additions to the series include the already known car damage which will affect vehicle handling but that isn’t the full extent of the new goodness in GT5. Players will also be able to upload replays via YouTube and if you have a PlayStation Eye and opt for the cockpit view the game will actually track your head movement to a limited degree so you can look at how shiny and sleek the interior of your Ferrari is. Of course there are also the new NASCAR and WRC modes which should add even more depth to the game.
Those features are just a taste of what we can expect out of GT5 and hopefully Polyphony Digital won’t go into complete OCD mode after the Japanese release of the game to fine tune things which would result in a 4-5 month delay until the game hits retail in North America and Europe.