(I know this post is old, but it was linked by GTPlanets Twitter)
I'm happy with what they did to Trial Mountain visually, it looks great now... but taking the classic chicane out is too far imo. Seems like the side effect of having Sport mode is that the franchise is heading down this path of taking itself too seriously, to a point where it's obnoxious. It's one of the main reasons why extremely fun features like "shuffle mode" is more than likely never going to see a return in any GT game ever again. If fictional tracks aren't allowed to be fun or have character anymore because of a silly esports mode we are all burdened by, then don't even bother. Just stick to the real tracks.
I think PD just make stupid irrational decisions. Its not about taking themselves too seriously - after all, they've added police cars for kids to play cops and robbers in lobbies with.
Massive camber/banked corners seems to be their current obsession. Most of the new tracks seem to have one, for me the Maggiore one really ruins what is otherwise a realistic track.
Yeah there always has to be a gimmick. They cant help themselves. Same with Alsace, its ridiculous. I could design a lot better.
There's literally hundreds of racetracks throughout history to draw inspiration from, and the only thing they can think of is cranking up the camber. No understanding of subtlety at all.