I read and skimmed most of the thread here. It feels very familiar to how the Polyphony Digital sold Gran Turismo 5: Prolouge and also, don't forget about Gran Turismo: HD Concept, but those were trial versions of Gran Turismo 5. Though, I was not very impressed with their direction towards the upcoming years ahead. They should allow more people to play their own demos just to see how progressive they really are, just like the four Gran Turismo 2 demos. This would allow people to have more opinions over your game. My concerns for online are also high because not everyone is going to have a good connection. Also, I'm betting you there will be a thread where everyone will post their own bad experiences online (surprised there has not be one yet). In other words, it's a waste of money to me since the AI has always been weak in GT, never improved much or it's just getting too stale.