From recent news to older: UPDATE INFO 13-03-2008 As the new update 2.17 avilable today, there is a hint it will be needed for playing GT5rologue for some reason (thanx Tiduz from Neogaf): UPDATE INFO 11-03-2008 Plethora of NEW SCREENS available, including almighty F40. From post #2829 onwards, major update at 12/03/08, from post #2949 onwards (thnx Alba) UPDATE INFO 07-03-2008 FULL OFFICIAL EU/PAL PRESS-RELEASE has been published by SCEE today (including vehicle list - 5 cars are missing when compared to those announced to US: Lexus IS F Tuned Car, Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A (FD) Tuned Car, Peugeot 207GTI '07, Peugeot 307cc Premium AVN '04 and RE Amemiya FD3S RX-7.) Gran Turismo 5 PrologueTM line-up now confirmed 71 of the hottest vehicles make the PLAYSTATION®3 starting grid o Ferrari returns this March with four stunning cars o Features cars from US, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain o Online racing, Hi-Def graphics, new physics engine and even a TV channel Love Ferrari, Nissan, Honda, Dodge, BMW, Aston Martin, Subaru and Lotus? You’ll love Gran Turismo 5 Prologue™ – the prequel title showcasing the forthcoming Gran Turismo 5 for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is the latest instalment of one of the most successful global gaming franchises of the last ten years – renowned for its realism, quality of design and in-car physics technology – now, with the power of PS3 behind it, it’s going from strength to strength. The 71-car-strong vehicle list is now confirmed – here are a few highlights of what you’ll be able to race this March: o Audi R8 4.2 FSI R Tronic o BMW M3 o Dodge VIPER GTS o Ferrari 599 o Honda INTEGRA TYPE R (DC5) o Lotus Elise 111R o Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG '02 o Nissan GT-R o Aston Martin DB9 Coupe o Subaru IMPREZA WRX STI And there’s more – much more. We’re talking a grand total of 71 of the hottest vehicles from the world’s most iconic manufacturers – all officially licensed and all rendered in High Definition. The game features six seriously realistic, tracks all drivable in two layouts. There’s also all-new driving physics for the most lifelike driving experience ever and new, improved opponent artificial intelligence for the toughest race challenge yet. And, for the first ever time in the franchise, there’s online multiplayer - up to 16 players will be able to go head-to-head on PLAYSTATION®Network (PSN). Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is available both on Blu-ray disc and as a download from PSN this March. Here’s a quick overview of the key features you’ll get with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue: Key Features: The first ever Gran Turismo title with online racing: drive online against up to 16 other Gran Turismo aces Race a total of 71 stunning cars: Race the Eiger Nordwand, Daytona International Speedway, the London City Track, Fuji Speedway, Suzuka and the High Speed Ring - then race them all in alternative layouts All-new physics engine means true next-generation vehicle handling All-new and improved opponent AI for a nail-biting race experience Access to Gran Turismo TV : a world of great motoring TV programming online including the BBCs Top Gear In-game museum featuring the history and heritage of the top car manufacturers My Garage - a personalised homepage feature with calendar, clock and map & weather of major race circuits worldwide Quick Tune facility allows you to adjust power, tyres, suspension and more All in stunning High Definition at 1080p Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Additional Features for Europe: Drift Mode – The player’s drifting technique is measured based on drift angles, racing lines, and speeds within evaluation zones located at various turns on the course. In Depth Car Tuning – Players have the ability to adjust the vehicle’s performance, including power, tyres, suspension and the ability for quick tuning whilst racing. Two-player Split Screen Racing – Allows players to race head-to-head offline. New Race Events – Online racing fans can join in on a new set of scheduled events and time trials. To find out more, visit www.granturismoworld.com. ENDS Notes to Editors: For more information about Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on PS3, please contact your local PR manager. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Full Vehicle List: Lexus IS F '07 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II Nur '02 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S '07 Nissan Skyline Sedan 350GT Type SP '06 Nissan Skyline Coupe Concept '07 Nissan Skyline Coupe 370GT Type SP '07 Nissan Skyline Coupe (V36) Tuned Car Nissan GT-R Proto '05 Nissan GT-R '07 Honda Integra TYPE R '04 Honda NSX Type R '02 Acura NSX '91 Mazda Atenza Sport (2007 Tokyo Motor Show reference exhibit) Mazda RX-8 Type S '03 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A (FD) Mazda RX-7 (FD) Special Tuned Car Subaru Impreza WRX STI (18inch BBS Wheel Option) '07 Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STI spec C Type RA '05 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR '05 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR Premium Package '07 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR Tuned Car Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR Tuned Car Suzuki Cappuccino '95 Suzuki Swift Sport '07 Suzuki Cervo SR '07 Suzuki Cappuccino Tuned Car Suzuki Swift Sport Tuned Car Daihatsu Copen Active Top '02 Daihatsu OFC-1 '07 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 '06 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) Tuned Car Dodge Viper GTS '02 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe '06 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe Tuned Car Ford Mustang V8 GT Coupe Premium '07 Ford GT '05 Ford Focus ST '06 Ford GT Tuned Car Audi R8 4.2 FSI R tronic '07 Audi TT Coupe 3.2 quattro '07 BMW Z4 '03 BMW 135i Coupe '07 BMW M3 Coupe '07 BMW 135tii '08 Mini Cooper-S '06 Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG '02 Volkswagen Golf GTI '01 Volkswagen Golf V GTI '05 Alfa Romeo 147 TI 2.0 TWIN SPARK '06 Alfa Romeo Brera Sky Window 3.2 JTS Q4 '06 Ferrari 599 '06 Ferrari F430 '06 Ferrari 512BB '76 Ferrari F40 '92 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione '91 Citroen C4 Coupe 2.0VTS '06 Renault Clio Renault Sport V6 24V '00 Clio Renault Sport V6 24V Tuned Car Aston Martin DB9 Coupe '06 Jaguar XK Coupe '06 Lotus Elise 111R '04 Lotus Elise '96 Lotus Elise 111R Tuned Car Lotus Elise Tuned Car TVR Tuscan Speed 6 '00 TVR Tamora '02 Art Morrison Corvette'60 Amuse/Opera Performance Gran Turismo 350Z RS Amuse S2000 GT1 Turbo Mine's BNR34 Skyline GT-R N1 base '06 Blitz Dunlop ER34 '07 For more information contact: SCEE Press Centre Email: email@example.com Tel:+44 (0)20 7859 5000 About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PLAYSTATION®3, PlayStation®2 and PSP?(PlayStation®Portable) software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PLAYSTATION 3 in November 2006 and the end of January 2008, over 10 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level. Between the beginning of April 2006 and the end of January 2008, over 26 million PlayStation 2 consoles have been sold worldwide, continuing its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history. Between the beginning of April 2006 and the end of January 2008, over 20 million PSP systems have been sold worldwide. More information about PlayStation products can be found at http://www.playstation.com or visit the Virtual Press Office at http://www.scee.presscentre.com. PlayStation, PSP and the PlayStation logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. UMD (Universal Media Disc) is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. ENDS**** UPDATE INFO 06-03-2008 MAJOR THANX TO ALBA! UPDATE INFO 28-2-2008 European Bundle for GT5: Prologue has been announced, and now it's accompanied with picture showing the bundle. Retail price should be 399 euros while bundle should be on disposal day after the solo-game - March 29. Official announcement is still on hold. Notice that bundle should come with "normal" Sixaxis, not with DualShock 3 (wierd). New Official wheel for Gran Turismo series announced - all info and discussion in a separate thread: https://www.gtplanet.net/forum/showthread.php?t=102724 Release dates for EU and US semi-official confirmations: EU RELEASE DATE - March 28, 2008 US RELEASE DATE - April 17, 2008 UPDATE INFO 29-1-2008 So, below is official press-release form SCEA. Note few intresting bits, but somehow I doubt to beleive in them because we all know that PR often missintrerpret the reality. Notice that RD is set to "spring". However, here are the most intresting "facts" for US release: • Race more than 60 high-performance and exhaustively detailed cars, including vehicles from Ferrari, Audi, Nissan and Mitsubishi, • Quick Tune facility allows you to adjust power, tires, suspension and more. FULL PRESS RELEASE Gran Turismo 5 Prologue FACT SHEET Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) Developer: Polyphony Digital, Inc. Platform: PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™ Genre: Racing Release: Spring 2008 Rating: “RP” for Rating Pending OVERVIEW With more than 47 million units shipped worldwide, the award-winning Gran Turismo™ franchise has raced far beyond a driving simulator experience; it is a global lifestyle. Setting the bar to unprecedented heights of realism, quality of design and physics technology with every product release, famed developer Polyphony Digital, Inc. continues to obscure the line between simulation and reality with the newest iteration of its blockbuster franchise, Gran Turismo™ 5 Prologue, exclusively for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™. Available on Blu-ray Disc and as a download via PLAYSTATION®Network, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue showcases the automotive experience that is imminent with Gran Turismo 5. Featuring over 60 meticulously detailed cars - including vehicles by Ferrari, Audi and Nissan - for users to race on five beautifully rendered reversible tracks from around the globe, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue runs in stunning1080p High Definition. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will also introduce to the franchise an in-cockpit view, providing a unique perspective for racers and featuring real-time gauges and human animations that accurately represent the true performance and handling of each vehicle. Additionally, in conjunction with a robust offline experience, for the first time in the history of the franchise Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will support up to 16 players racing head-to-head online, complete with community events and leaderboards, to quell any question of who is the best driver in the “World of GT.” Dedicated to expanding the user’s immersion in automotive culture, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will feature access to Gran Turismo™ TV, a dedicated online channel available exclusively from PLAYSTATION Network that delivers some of the greatest motorsport and manufacturer content that television has to offer. KEY FEATURES • A first for the franchise, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue supports online racing with up to 16 drivers racing simultaneously on a beautifully rendered race track. • Race more than 60 high-performance and exhaustively detailed cars, including vehicles from Ferrari, Audi, Nissan and Mitsubishi. • Race on five stunningly realistic tracks, including the Eiger Nordwand, the London City Track and Suzuka. • A new physics engine delivers next-generation vehicle handling. True to the heritage of the Gran Turismo franshise, this new physics engine provides unprecedented realism and authentic handling specific to each car. • A new in-cockpit view provides a unique perspective for racers and features a customized dashboard for each of the cars in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Real-time gauges and human animations accurately represent the true performance and handling of each vehicle. • All-new and improved opponent AI for a nail-biting and more strategic race racing experience. • Access to Gran Turismo TV: a clearinghouse of great motoring TV (video) programming (both HD and SD – all broadcast quality) online through PLAYSTATION Network. • To extend the realistic driving experience, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is also compatible with the new DUALSHOCK®3 controller, which has vibration functionality. • Quick Tune facility allows you to adjust power, tires, suspension and more. • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue runs in stunning High Definition at 1080p (race: 1080p-60fps, replay: 1080p-30fps) NEWS UPDATE 11-12-07: GT5: Prologue OFFICAL PRODUCT OVERVIEW DEFAULT ONLINE FEATURES News - Dealer News Information Motor Sports News Map and Weather of Major Circuits Worldwide Calendar ADDITIONAL ONLINE FEATURES (FROM 25th December) Online Events (Multiplayer Race with Maximum 16 People) Online Events (Time Trial) Online Time Trial Ranking Boards Download Ghosts from Online Time Trial Ranking Boards GAME MODES: Arcade (Singe Race with Maximum 16 Cars) Arcade (Time Trial) Race Events (3 categories / 24 events) TRACKS AND CARS LIST TRACKS: 5 Courses 10 Layouts: Superspeedway - Daytona International Speedway The Road Course - Daytona International Speedway Suzuka Circuit Suzuka Circuit East Course Fuji Speedway F Fuji Speedway GT Eiger Nordwand (Forward) Eiger Nordwand (Reverse) London (Forward) London (Reverse) CARS: Acura NSX Alfa Romeo 147 TI 2.0 TWIN SPARK Alfa Romeo Brera Sky Window 3.2 JTS Q4 Audi R8 4.2 FSI R tronic Audi TT Coupe 3.2 quattro BMW BMW Z4 BMW BMW 135i Coupe BMW BMW M3 Coupe Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) Daihatsu Copen Active Top Daihatsu OFC-1 Dodge VIPER GTS Ferrari 599 Ferrari F430 Ford Mustang V8 GT Coupe Premium Honda INTEGRA TYPE R (DC5) Lancia DELTA HF Integrale Evoluzione Lexus IS F Lotus Elise 111R Lotus Elise Mazda ATENZA Sport (2007 Tokyo Motor Show reference exhibit) Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG (R230) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR Premium Package Nissan SKYLINE GT-R Vspec II Nur (R34) Nissan Fairlady Z Version S (Z33) Nissan Skyline Sedan 350GT Type SP (V36) Nissan Skyline Coupe Concept Nissan Skyline Coupe 370GT Type SP (V36) Nissan GT-R Proto Nissan GT-R (R35) Renault Clio Renault Sport V6 24V Subaru IMPREZA WRX STI (18inch BBS Wheel Option) Suzuki Cappuccino (EA21R) Suzuki SWIFT Sport TVR Tuscan Speed Six Volkswagen Golf IV GTI Notice: No racing cars confirmed or announced, guess some surprises awaits us since there is only 37 cars on this list ALL info: http://www.gran-turismo.com/en/gt5p/news/d1520.html NEWS UPDATE 26-09-07: GT5: Prologue in March 2008 for outside of Japan Basically, I've got a 99% percent confirmation for this, so it is true. We could pretty much expect this, it's a part of tradion for GT games after all Basically, my source has unoficially confirmed me that Gran Turismo 5: Prologue release on non-Japanese terrirtores has been postponed for Q1 2008, probably for March release. In other words, Play-Asia, here we come. Double sales for SCEi, but they've learned they praxis with GT4 after all Do not mourn though, who thought they'll come on time has forget sheer amount of language-translations that PAL relaese have to oblige for releasing the game on all PAL territories. 6 months then for official PAL online-racing, and December will show how will Japanese servers cope with ping of all of us from rest of the world Oh and yes - if you're going to share this GTP exclusive news to another places, please quote the GTP source. Thanx NEWS UPDATE 24-09-07: Famitsu's video of TGS Gt5rologue presentation held by Kazunori Yamauchi: http://www.famitsu.com/fwtv/?71210674 New video (off screen) at Gamespot, first seeing of LONDON CITY TRACK and DAYTONA. http://www.gamespot.com/video/942026/6179462/gran-turismo-5-prologue-official-trailer-4 Final track for GT5 is Daytona, with both configurations - oval and infield (Rolex) course. Tokyo Game Show is behind, and many new info has surfaced. However, this one in the most important - SCEA has pretty much confirmed GT5 release in North America. ALPHA has it in his thread here: Also notice that GT5: Prologue has been delayed in Japan - in October there will only be a FREE DEMO available on the PSN with 7 (new?) cars and Suzuka track in Time-Trail mode. Full-game has been postponed to 13th December, as both PSN download and Blu-Ray release: http://www.gran-turismo.com/jp/gt5p/ GT5 obviiusely in 2008: SOLINENT found intrseting photos from GT5 presentation on Dengeki: ALPHA was also the first to find those new videos of Fuji Speedway F and Suzuka from TGS: Together with the first video ever of someone who really knows how to drive on fairs: NEWS UPDATE 28-08-07: SCEE OFFICIAL PRESS-RELEASE: 28/08/2007 19:02 Start your engines for Gran Turismo™5 Prologue New prequel an early taste of Gran Turismo 5 for PLAYSTATION®3 - A taste of Gran Turismo 5 for PLAYSTATION®3 is here at the end of this year - Up to 16-player online racing on PLAYSTATION®Network - a Gran Turismo first! - Over 40 dream cars, High Definition graphics, new physics engine… and a TV channel The real driving simulator that’s sold 50 million units is back: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) and Polyphony Digital are pleased to announce Gran Turismo™5 Prologue, a prequel title showcasing the forthcoming Gran Turismo™5 for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™ – available both on Blu-ray disc and as a download from PLAYSTATION®Network (PSN) at the end of this year. Gran Turismo on PlayStation is one of the most successful global gaming franchises of the last ten years – renowned for its realism, quality of design and in-car physics technology – now, with the power of PS3™ behind it, it’s going to be unstoppable. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue features over 40 stunning cars – including vehicles by Lotus, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Ferrari for you to race on seriously realistic, real-life tracks: including the Eiger Nordwand, the London City Track and Suzuka – all rendered in incredible High Definition graphics. There’s also all-new driving physics for the most lifelike driving experience ever and new, improved opponent artificial intelligence for the toughest race challenge yet. But that’s not all – for the first time ever in the history of Gran Turismo, you’ll now be able to race online. Up to 16 players will be able to go head-to-head on some of the world’s best racetracks on PLAYSTATION®Network™ – all you need to get racing is a broadband connection and PS3™. Once you’re up and revving, Global Online Rankings and the My Garage homepage feature will leave the world in no doubt as to just who is the best at Gran Turismo. And then there’s the Online Dealership, providing a wealth of information on cars and manufacturers and also Gran Turismo™ TV – a dedicated online channel available exclusively from PSN and packed with some of the greatest content that Motorsport, car manufacturers and TV has to offer. Key Features: - The first ever Gran Turismo title with online racing: drive online against up to 16 other Gran Turismo aces - Race a total of over 40 stunning, high-performance cars - Race on seriously realistic, real life tracks including the Eiger Nordwand, the London City Track and Suzuka – then race them in reverse and with alternative routes - All-new physics engine means true next-generation vehicle handling - All-new and improved opponent AI for a nail-biting race experience - Access to Gran Turismo TV : a world of great motoring TV programming online - Online Dealership: Access to car manufacturers online - My Garage - a personalised homepage feature with friends, chat and personal game records - Quick Tune facility allows you to adjust power, tyres, suspension and more - All in stunning High Definition at 1080p (race: 1080p-60fps, replay: 1080p-30fps) - Gran Turismo 5 – the full title – launches in 2008. Until then, there’s enough ultra-realistic, high-speed racing in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on PS3™ to keep your accelerator firmly to the floor for the rest of the year. ENDS Notice this is text released today, on SCEE (European) press-vault. We can now say that European PAL release is official in 2007. Nice. However, still no word about the format and pricing... NEWS UPDATE 27-08-07: My dear friend Spacemaniac.hr brings exclusive Gran Turismo 5: Prologue hands-on report from Lepzig, together with few nef info-bits from Q&A sessions that he and my other colleagues did 4 days ago with Kazunori Yamauchi (see below for Q&A summary): Space-man, thank you very much . ENDS. NEWS UPDATE 24-08-07: KAZUNORI YAMAUCHI Q&A @ LEPZIG 2007. GT5: Prologue Hard Facts - great thanx to Dario, Space and Djuro. + New video and great screens - thanx Fafat: NEWS UPDATE 23-08-07: NEW cokpit video - courtesy of Gamersyde (thnx Blim!): http://www.gamersyde.com/news_4856_en.html ALPHA was there first for the official site update - thank you man! New video (link below) shows a brief footage of Fuji Speedway's straight. We may presume it is GT or GP circuit, which remains to be confirmed. PhotoMode (or is it interactive menu?) footage is jawdropping. On the very end of this update there are more video-links. New screenshots are the must too. Enjoy! GameSpot's GT5 section (real time driving): http://www.gamespot.com/ps3/driving/granturismo5prologue/media.html?tag=eventgames;video;4 NEWS UPDATE 22-08-07: Leipzig - playablle demo is on floor. New Info, as follows: • 5 tracks (Suzuka, Eiger Nordwand, London City Track confirmed - 2 to go) •50 cars •16 players online battles •November release for PAL? Pic that shows existance of London track and Novemeber release: First ever video-footage of cockpit view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmmh9BT7iok More info in days to come. NEWS UPDATE 27-7-07: GT Prologue will obvousely BE PLAYABLE at Games Convention in Leipzig in August. Germanys' "Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle" goverment body (everything sounds so freaking good on German ) has validated "Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (GC demo)" to be playable at territory of Germany. http://www.usk.de/65_Aktuell_geprueft.htm Official page has massive new screen section of GT5 menus and Suzuka replay-screens: http://www.gran-turismo.com/jp/gt5p/screen/ http://www.gran-turismo.com/jp/gt5p/screen/20070727_2.html + Famitsu scans: ENDS******* NEWS UPDATE 25-7-07: Originally Posted by IGN; http://ps3.ign.com/articles/807/807834p1.html - ThankXXx, Scandisk - in post #666 July 25, 2007 - The latest issue of Famitsu has a huge blowout on the racing game that's set to make PS3s throughout the world burn later this year, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. In addition to some slick screenshots (which we hope Polyphony will be good enough to release online shortly), the magazine also sat down with producer Kazunori Yamauchi for the full word on the GT5 sampler. A series of firsts kick off the coverage. We're given a first look at the new cockpit view, which places you in the driver's seat -- a first for the series. In addition to a detailed interior, this view has nice touches like a moving speedometer and odometer and rear/side mirrors that reflect the happenings behind your car. You can use the D-pad to look left and right, although Yamauchi noted that you'll need to have the steering wheel peripheral for this. Engine sounds are different when driving from the in-the-car perspective. Extra credit work from Polyphony's hard-working development staff? Actually, Yamauchi admitted that the team had recorded these sounds before. The magazine also offers a first look at the "My Page" interface, which serves as your personalized menu for the game. In addition to icons for Race, Garage, TV, Album, Option, Profile and Home (you'll have to figure out what these do for yourself for now, although some should be obvious), the page has a calendar with upcoming race events marked, a world map with your area of play marked in red, weather readouts for major areas of the world, and a clock. Yamauchi seems to have high regards for the My Page area. GT5 Prologue has been made with online play in mind, said the producer to Famitsu, and its game style is fundamentally different from other race games. Just as social network users start off at their personal pages when accessing sites like My Space, Polyphony expects GT5 Prologue players to want to start off at their My Page. Sure enough, the game will take you directly to your My Page after start up. Yamauchi feels that GT5 Prologue offers the feeling of a simple GT Mode, a "Gran Turismo World" in which a large number of players co-exist. Polyphony is working on perfecting the details, from the interiors of cars to town scenery. That's right, the game will recreate not just your garage, but your area of residence! When you turn off the icons from the My Page screen, you're shown actual pictures from your location of play. Polyphony is assembling scenes from Tokyo and other cities, as well as the inside of buildings and more natural settings. As you might have guessed from the presence of the Home option on the My Page interface, Polyphony will be adding Home support to the game. The current plan is to give Gran Turismo its own universe within the Home virtual space. Players will be able to jump into GT5 Prologue directly from this space, then jump back by selecting the Home option from the My Page menu. It seems that GT5 will be replicating some of the Home functionality in game. Polyphony is hoping to implement friend lists in the final version of the game, complete with the kind of features you'd expect to see in a social network. How this will work with the friend list and other community features of Home was not discussed in the interview. Also sure to contribute to the feeling of community is voice chat. You'll be able to select two forms of online racing, one with the chat features on, the other a more purified arcade experience with the chat features turned off. Offline, the game will play completely different from GT4 Prologue, in which the single player mode consisted primarily of license tests. Yamauchi says we can expect a game design somewhere between the arcade mode and GT mode of past titles. You earn money from racing, with each race offering a different prize. This money can be used to purchase cars from a car dealer. The tuning shop from a full-fledged GT mode is missing. The game will feature around 40 cars and 4 courses with 8 layouts, including some locations that have never before been seen in the GT series. Prologue will not feature paid downloadable cars and courses, Yamauchi confirmed. Yamauchi also made note of some of the technical specs of the game. The final game will run in 1080p, just like last year's demo. This technical feat is, Yamauchi admitted, very difficult, and his team is working hard to make it work. Famitsu noted that the lighting effects in the Pit Menu screen are particularly impressive, and Yamauchi responded that the game uses a technique called High Dynamic Range Lighting. He believes that this is a technique that cannot be replicated on other systems. He also pointed out that the scenery used in the pit menu is actually an evolved version of the same scene from the GT4 intro. Of course, the scene was pre-rendered footage in GT4, and it's real time here. Despite the 1080p visuals and the detailed cars, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's engine is powerful enough to display more cars than we're used to seeing in the racing genre. While the number hasn't been finalized, Polyphony is hoping to have 16 cars on the track during offline races. That number will likely drop to 12 for online races due to possible connection issues. And the feature-list keeps on growing! Believe it or not, Yamauchi is hoping to include a B Spec mode in the title. In this mode, instead of driving, you stand on the sidelines and issue orders to an AI driver. The team is making use of something similar to the B Spec mode as a means of tuning opponent cars, but it hasn't been decided if the mode will be included with GT5 starting with Prologue. Gran Turismo fans may be wondering if it's worth picking up GT5 Prologue or just waiting for the final GT5 release. Here's some incentive to make the early jump. Yamauchi confirmed that, at the very least, money that you earn in GT5 Prologue will be available in GT55. Prologue's October release should mean ample time to save up in order to buy a spectacular first car when GT5 comes around some time next year. ENDS***** Update 24th June: ON special event in Tokyo 23rd July Kaz announced Prologue will feature around 40 cars and that game could come out earlier then Tokyo Motor Show. He hinted 20th October as posssibility. What remains intresting is mentioning "game release day" - which sill raises questions of wether the GT5: Prologue will be download via PSN or stand-alone BR-disc-game. Nothing answered though. Kaz said that GT5 could come out "during next year" and he even mentioned PSP game could be done after GT5 is finished. first ever in-game in-car view (thanx 2008STi): [/QUOTE] new Lexus SC430 Super GT Bandai Dunlop: F430 Pre-Race prep: Original link: http://response.jp/issue/2007/0723/article97205_1.html UPDATE 17-7: GRAN TURISMO 5 PROLOGUE IS OFFICIAL Major update on official page. http://www.gran-turismo.com/jp/ October release is official. It is connceted with start of Tokyo Motor Show and presenting new genertions of GT-R, NSX and Impreza Sti. As the text concludes: "From the first work 1997, 10 years (of GT series). In of the Japanese sport car, history is repainted again." (or something AltaVisitian ) Link to new movie: Type B movie: http://www.gran-turismo.com/jp/movie/d944.html Looking absolutely gorgeous. Cockpit shown in replay is amazing. (Still no actual in-cockpit-driving though...) Link to new screenshots: http://www.gran-turismo.com/jp/gt5p/screen/ 16 cars on track. Suzuka as an relevant circuit for GT-P. Pit-crew as an in-game intregrated movie. First ever F430, new EvoX, new Sti and GT-R appearance. Link to the story: http://www.gran-turismo.com/jp/gt5p/story/ Stroy is about 10 years of franchise and some other bits. Still no info about the contet itself. There is also new special section of the site that shows all collaborations of PD with manufactorers with details: http://www.gran-turismo.com/jp/products/collaboration/ First Game Menu screen: Seems it is going to be one hell-of-a-big "Prologue" Almost as a full game release with all those features that this pic resembles. This is going to be very serious stuff.. It has some kind of real-time clock, cross-world connection (cities are highlighted on world map), calendar, video-stream (GT Tube anyone?), PhotoAlbum and direct connection to PlayStation Home. Oh yes, Garage is now an separate entity, as it was not in GT4 prologue. So we can speak about possible great amount of cars there. Japanese site that have short report mentiones Kaz was also speaking about the weather reports and "customizations" - but it did not make clear what customization reffers to. It seems that after going online game will show you your city, location, local time, weather, temperature, etc.. They also mention that Kaz was speaking about 16 players online as a fact for Prologue. It also seems GT5 is going to be Network download game after all. I hope PD will deliver some new press info as Tokyo event finishes today.. UPDATE 12th July: 1Up podcast claims November release date, clarifies that footage is from Novemeber game and make some claims about being able to get in and out of the car (with the camera?). (thanx to SolidSnakex from NeoGaf for being first to listen): "I talked to the guys that are working on it (GT5 Prologue) and that was all from the version coming out this November. And as far as going in and out of the car you can do that, you can play with the camera.." Novemember now being almost official. Nice . Whole podcast available here, GT5 talks begins at 1:00:18. http://zdmedia.vo.llnwd.net/o1/Podcasts/071107.mp3 It gets very intresting from this point, waiting for 17th July (Tokyo PlayStation event) even more. Also notice that full info can be expected not before Tokyo Game Show which starts at 20th September. Updates to follow. ******NEWS 11th July: Looking.. Unbeleivable. This game looks like no game has ever looked in whole gaming history. Cars, cities, buildings, animations, lightning, pit-crew... and sound. Unphuckbelivalbe. Coming with full online capability. Date - still unknown. Hard facts - still unkown.