GT Academy 2012 Launches Today in 15 Countries, Available as Free Download

May 1st, 2012 by Jordan G.

The search for the next generation of GT Academy champions begins today! This year’s competition will be bigger than ever before, open to players in more than 15 countries in four different regions:

  • Europe:
    • Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain and Portugal
    • Switzerland
    • Austria and Poland
    • UK and Ireland
  • The United States of America
  • Russia
  • Germany

A champion will be crowned from each region, with each getting the chance to drive for Nissan in the 2013 Dubai 24 Hours. Players in other countries will likely be able to download and play the demo, but will not be eligible for the competition’s main prize. As of writing, however, no official confirmation (other than special prizes for Japanese gamers) of this has been announced by Sony.

As previously announced, GT Academy 2012 will be available on the PlayStation 3 as a free, downloadable mini-game via the PlayStation Store. The game will consist of eight consecutive time trial events over the next eight weeks. It’s now available to download in the PlayStation Store (search for “Academy” to find it) as a 3GB file.

GTPlanet’s new GT Academy 2012 Forum has also just been launched, and is available as a free resource and discussion platform to all competitors from around the world. Good luck, everyone!

Meanwhile, European Brand manager Penrose Tackie has included the following information on the PS Blog:

Here’s how everything works – the exclusive Gran Turismo content will be available to download from PlayStation Store, free of charge, from 17.00BST / 18.00CEST on May 1 until 23.59BST / 00.59CEST on 24 June. You can download and take part at any time during this period, so even if you miss the start you can still play catch up and get involved.

Once you have downloaded the content, Polyphony Digital will release new rounds approximately every two weeks; in total there are eight rounds and within each round there are five sections.

Here’s a list of the rounds and when they will be available:

Round 1 and 2: 1/5 (Tue) 17.00BST – 24/6 (Sun) 23:59 BST
Round 3 and 4: 14/5 (Mon) 00:00 – 24/6 (Sun) 23:59 BST
Round 5 and 6: 28/5 (Mon) 00:00 – 24/6 (Sun) 23:59 BST
Round 7 and 8 (ROUND 8 IS FINAL/QUALIFICATION EVENT):  6/11 (Mon) 00:00 – 24/6 (Sun) 23:59 BST

The various GT Twitter feeds also state the earlier time of 1700BST (1600GMT) as the launch time for the European version.

Edit: The download has now gone live in Europe and North America and is a 3Gb download from the PS Store!

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  1. May. 1, 2:21pm
    Escort mk1 yum

    Aghhhh, it keeps saying ” A connection to the server could not be established ( ID = 1;536) even though im connicted to the psn network, is anyone else getting this? Or can someone help please

    • May. 1, 2:22pm
      Escort mk1 yum

      And I’ve turned it on and off about 5 times

    • May. 1, 2:26pm
      BolgOfThe North

      Same here : (

    • May. 1, 2:35pm
      Escort mk1 yum

      Thought it was just me, thanks bud, I’m having a very bad day as it is, been looking forward to this aswell

  2. May. 1, 1:58pm

    I can’t find it in the Danish PSN-shop ? Oh well .. Here we go again :o)

    • May. 1, 2:10pm

      Nothing in the Norwegian PS Store! Guess were left out again! PD give us some love!!!

    • May. 1, 2:16pm

      Wait until tomorow and it might be there as a demo since the competition is not open for us! If not make a UK account and try it from there…

    • May. 1, 2:41pm

      SO we are not invited to this years Academy Race, as we are being the Skilled Scandinavians ? – Well Well !! They most be tired of loosing the battle Then Hrmm.. Hehe :P

    • May. 1, 3:02pm

      I downloaded from UK and i’m in Norway just got it to work ;-)

    • May. 1, 4:01pm

      Thanks Vicheous – I could have read the topic before complaining hehe – So No Nordics this time. Yep I will for the fun of it, create a UK and get it.. :o) Happy Racing M8 :o)

  3. May. 1, 1:57pm

    10 gold trophies with little effort, far too easy. Don’t even need to brake or lift for four of them.

  4. May. 1, 1:52pm

    I dislike this word. :(


    • May. 1, 1:53pm

      Hey, oh well to that. Can’t wait for this. Is it ready for Canada yet?

  5. May. 1, 1:49pm

    done the first round which consists of 5 license type events and won a Leaf G ’11 for my real GT5 game. Second round is available and has a Silvia Spec R Aero to dirve around what looks like more licenses. Cool to see how many ppl are online and clocking up mileage by the second

    • May. 1, 1:57pm

      after each segment of event the traction control resets back to default 5, so go to drive options after each part

  6. May. 1, 1:46pm

    just downloaded, already a patch (1.01) :D

  7. May. 1, 1:34pm

    woah on first round at its a license style round – round a corner on Monza in a Leaf G ’11 car. 30 secs for GOLD

    • May. 1, 1:41pm

      Haha taking ages to download!!!! Leave it out Nissan

  8. May. 1, 1:30pm

    downloaded and now a software update 1.01 of 35 mb !!!

  9. May. 1, 1:29pm

    Greece is out ! ! ! There is nothing in the store…
    Thanks for making me not playing GT5 anymore ! ! !

    • May. 1, 1:31pm

      be patient ffs

    • May. 1, 1:34pm

      I am just sooooo disappointed with PD ! !

    • May. 1, 1:49pm

      It wasn’t shown at the start to me either. Make a new PSN account with UK as a country. I did that and worked for me ;)

    • May. 1, 3:04pm

      Thank you ! Are you living in Athens ?

  10. May. 1, 1:24pm

    Where can we register? I made de download, opened the aplication but i cant play because i have no regist… but i cant find nothing in the official site… just to GT Academy 2011 -.-‘

  11. May. 1, 1:24pm

    Anyone from Norway able to find GT Academy in the PS store?

    • May. 1, 2:13pm

      It’s not on our store! At least not yet… And since we’re not in the comp we might not get it at all! Download from UK and try that. Or it might come as a demo with tomorows store update ;-)

  12. May. 1, 1:20pm

    downloaded – time for a test run

  13. May. 1, 1:20pm

    UK PSN Store down for maintenance.

  14. May. 1, 1:14pm

    Nearly 70% and counting, 1 mb a second!

  15. May. 1, 1:11pm

    Wow it must have tons of content inside. I still have GT HD Concept installed on my PS3 (my HDD is 250 GB) and it only weights 689MB. Take in consideration the amount of cars in that game, music files, only a track and more cars than the GT Academy.

    3GB means hidden content to me.(i love speculation, lol)

  16. May. 1, 1:00pm

    Live in Spain, Europe. The PS Store is working bad and sometimes it gave me “service is under maintenance” message. Be patient.
    3021 MB. (less than 70 minutes download for me with a 10 Mb DSL network)

    • May. 1, 1:02pm

      For me, in portugal, 190 minutes :O

  17. May. 1, 12:58pm

    Still in maintenance in Portugal… yes it is :(

  18. May. 1, 12:53pm

    downloading in Portugal – 3021mb

  19. May. 1, 12:49pm

    Still in maintenance in Portugal…

    • May. 1, 1:01pm

      No, im from portugal, and i have… Vai as cenas do gt5, onde estao os extras, no ecra pricipal, tipo, jogos mais populares, entras no gt5, e esta la a academy… Sao e 3 gigas, demora

  20. May. 1, 12:40pm

    “Polyphony Digital will release new rounds approximately every two weeks”

    Where have I heard something like that before? hmmm :P

    • May. 1, 3:18pm


    • May. 1, 3:46pm

      Haha that’s funny.

  21. May. 1, 12:38pm

    I was going to have a middle finger salute to pd for not including Australia but I just relealised that it is only been out for 37 minutes and So people don’t rage that it isn’t in the store yet as I was about to do wait and it should be there later.

  22. May. 1, 12:36pm

    Downloading from italian PS Store! If it doesn’t show up, just search “academy” on the Store.

  23. May. 1, 12:33pm

    Great. Can’t even download it since I’m in Canada. It’s really time to move back down to the States. I’m tired of this jerking around.

    • May. 1, 12:33pm

      OK, just UK is up. Better be there later though. Grrr…

  24. May. 1, 12:32pm

    3021 mb on UK store

  25. May. 1, 12:26pm

    Russian store is EMPTY

    • May. 1, 12:29pm

      can’t you make a UK account and download from there?

  26. May. 1, 12:26pm

    if it’s still not on front page then goto Popular Titles on the left and menu and then GT5 is in there, once you click on that you can see the GT Academy 2012

    • May. 1, 12:29pm

      Are you in the US of A?

    • May. 1, 12:29pm

      UK here sorry

    • May. 1, 12:31pm

      LOL! You got my hopes up. :P

    • May. 1, 12:32pm

      US of A store empty, and I gotta go to work in 20 mins….I guess it’ll there when I get back.

  27. May. 1, 12:25pm

    Is it really 3 GB ?

  28. May. 1, 12:25pm

    Search for gt academy 2012

  29. May. 1, 12:24pm

    What’s the exact name to search for?

  30. May. 1, 12:20pm


  31. May. 1, 12:19pm

    Downloading now, 3 gig download. Use search function.

  32. May. 1, 12:13pm

    Like back in 1992 with mp3’s via edonkey: The d/l needs 56 minutes.

    But right now I am on a 20mbit / sec connection :-)

    • May. 1, 12:28pm

      lol, ’92, good ‘ol days!

  33. May. 1, 12:09pm


  34. May. 1, 12:08pm


  35. May. 1, 12:06pm

    It’s just gone up!

  36. May. 1, 12:05pm

    It’s there now but not on front page, had to goto GT5 content and 2012 GT Academy is in there – 3012mb download

  37. May. 1, 12:05pm


  38. May. 1, 12:05pm

    “do you not know of Lotto Quebec’s Monopolostic views on third party contests?
    Bonjour Jacques :)” Lambod

    I do, I also know Quebec is ‘distinct’ and Sony/Nissan could avoid them and let the rest of Canada compete eh. There are contests in Canada (exception is Quebec-La Belle Province)! despoite Quebec!

    • May. 1, 12:26pm

      I wish this could settled, but I almost believe Sony/Nissan don’t want to see Canadians in the mix, because USA is a much bigger market and to see a Canadian (or two) possibly win the competition would anger them….

    • May. 1, 12:37pm

      Or it could be that Paul Tracy is a jerk. *shrug*

    • May. 1, 1:14pm

      ^^ Hmmm, interesting thought.

  39. May. 1, 12:04pm

    downloading :D

  40. May. 1, 12:04pm

    For portugal, whats the hour of the release? I just dont understand, its confusing so much hours, so expectation! Say a time, and i will go download…

    Ayrton Senna da Silva, eighteen years! Not forgotten!!

  41. May. 1, 11:58am

    This is specific Store update not the general one

  42. May. 1, 11:43am

    17 minutes left!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • May. 1, 11:46am

      dude where are you getting that from? It’s not going to be available for 8 hours and 14 minutes. Right?

    • May. 1, 11:55am

      17:00 GMT is Noon in New York (EST)

      I had to check that. I wasn’t aware that the PS Store updates at different times. If it does update at different times.

  43. May. 1, 11:35am

    iam at Portugal , Oporto …so ..still no dlc or any news of gt academy…no preview for portugal ?

  44. May. 1, 11:32am

    Is it up yet?

  45. May. 1, 11:31am


  46. May. 1, 11:19am

    Disastrous Fail on PD/ Nissan / Sony for excluding random countries from this event.

    Very sad, and incomprehensible, much like our requests getting zero feedback from the developers,

    Although, understandably (somewhat) , Quebec Canada would not allow any prizes from such contests, so Kaz probably just bypassed Canada for this sole reason.

    • May. 1, 11:37am

      “much like our requests getting zero feedback from the developers”

      How does that have any truth to it?

      Standard cars – improved graphically + interior view, optional wheels
      Ability to take off the HUD
      We got Spa in the first, but only, track pack.
      DLC wasn’t even supposed to happen, but it has, and I doubt we’ve seen the last of it.
      An option to make the AI more aggressive (in Arcade Mode).
      G25 + G27 support that I believe needed collaboration with Logitech in order to do this.
      Cockpit View camera shake has been made acceptable to everybody as it doesn’t make the screen shake like crazy anymore, which I didn’t have a problem with, but it’s fine/better the way it is now.

      That’s all that I can come up with right now. There are so many things that we didn’t ask for that improved the game greatly, but of course, people always ignore that fact.

    • May. 1, 11:38am

      Physics + AI improvement was one of them. If anyone argues that the AI is stupid and wasn’t improved, I say shame on you :)

    • May. 1, 11:39am

      * two of them

    • May. 1, 11:40am

      “Disastrous Fail on PD/ Nissan / Sony for excluding random countries from this event.

      Although, understandably (somewhat) , Quebec Canada would not allow any prizes from such contests, so Kaz probably just bypassed Canada for this sole reason.”

      It didn’t have much to do with Kaz. How can I explain it? I can’t show “proof”, but Japan isn’t even in the competition. They never have been.

      Again, people always ignore facts and love their opinions so much that they think they’re being factual.

    • May. 1, 11:59am

      hahaha I read Zero feedback as something else. Whoopsies.

      Either way, they’ve answered a number of our requests. They don’t NEED to communicate with us, especially the Boss of a game developer from a country that doesn’t speak English as it’s main form of communication.

  47. May. 1, 11:18am

    I race to win.

  48. May. 1, 11:13am

    Did Canada do something to Kaz, PD, or Nissan?

    People do drive Nissans in Canada!

    Some great drivers have been Canadian eh; and French Canadian eh!

    • May. 1, 11:19am

      do you not know of Lotto Quebec’s Monopolostic views on third party contests?
      Bonjour Jacques :)

  49. May. 1, 11:06am

    less than 1 hour

  50. May. 1, 11:06am

    “You can download and take part at any time during this period, so even if you miss the start you can still play catch up and get involved.”

    hahaha BRAVO! I know some people on GTP that’ll be really happy about this.

    • May. 1, 11:35am

      yea that’s a good move. Not everybody will be able to dedicate time every week

  51. May. 1, 10:54am

    Will there be any exclusive content we can unlock for GT5 itself?

    • May. 1, 11:06am

      It’s apparent that there will be.

  52. May. 1, 10:42am

    1 hour 18 minutes left:)

  53. May. 1, 10:34am

    Sweet, sweet pic, but… Where’s Asia or Oceania? Why can’t we enter?

  54. May. 1, 10:26am

    How big is the download??

    • May. 1, 11:35am

      good question. My HD space is pretty much nil

  55. May. 1, 10:14am

    @famine thanks a lot

  56. May. 1, 9:53am

    so the time here in greece is 4:52 afternoon that means that in 8 minutos we take the demo????

    • May. 1, 10:12am

      No. It’s at 5pm BST – British Summer Time – or 4pm GMT/UTC. That’s 1hr48 from now.

  57. May. 1, 9:45am

    does every region still get the download?

    • May. 1, 9:46am

      sorry,i know now

  58. May. 1, 9:43am

    Germany is part of Europe, why isn’t it listed under it? :P

  59. May. 1, 9:26am

    5 PM PST

  60. May. 1, 9:13am

    Isn’t it strange that in the era or borderless internet, when I can type here this messag and you can read it in 2 seconds, there are still stupid region-restrictions for the competition?

    • May. 1, 9:50am

      +1+1+1 for that. every one should get a chance! they want to make something big but not that big …..

    • May. 1, 10:29am

      But this competition doesn’t take place solely on the internet does it? There are laws and competition rules they have to adhere to.

  61. May. 1, 9:06am

    Any ideas what time it’ll be there? just checked the PS store and no GT academy yet…

    • May. 1, 9:09am

      Sorry didn’t read it fully!!!

  62. May. 1, 9:05am

    Swden isn’t even a country according to PD so this isn’t the least interesting…

    • May. 1, 10:24am

      Well, I’m going to be Mr. technicality here but in the game, when you sort by country, Sweden appears as a separate entry so….;)

    • May. 1, 11:38am

      maybe there are things preventing them from doing it in sweden. Like canada. Limitations on outside party contests. Or maybe they’re afraid people from finland will cross the border and overrun the contest leaderboards!!! lol

  63. May. 1, 8:39am

    I am waiting on australia for the ability to download I am guessing 3 more hours

    • May. 1, 9:03am

      why would it be 3 hours it’s only 9:02 am here in eastern time(maryland) you will have to wait until 8:00 pm to download my time(eastern time)

  64. May. 1, 8:23am

    Are you people blind or what

    ” Players in other countries will likely be able to download and play the demo, but will not be eligible for the competition’s main prize.”


    • May. 1, 9:05am


    • May. 1, 9:28am

      Well I shouldn’t have to say it since it is in the post lol

    • May. 1, 1:50pm

      haha. Don’t worries I was only playing, but. Thanks for bringing it up though.

  65. May. 1, 7:54am

    is samsung hacking our phones? fight the koreans! just kiddin :)

  66. May. 1, 7:40am
    Mac K

    Hoping the excluded countries will atleast be able to download it and give it a go..

    • May. 1, 7:45am

      I really hope so to :) just weird that countrys like DK,SWE,NOR,FIN ain’t alllowed :(

    • May. 1, 7:46am
      Mac K

      I have a bad feeling in my gut though..

    • May. 1, 10:25am

      In the worst case scenario, make a fake PSN from an eligible country and download it using that account :p

    • May. 1, 10:39am
      King Something

      But if you win and make it to the finals, you’ll be disqualified right then and there for faking eligibility.

  67. May. 1, 7:30am

    What about Czech Republic ?

  68. May. 1, 7:25am

    OMG why not entire Europe ?? Noobs who runs the GT Academy….!:O

  69. May. 1, 7:11am

    Will there be any “Academy” cars? Ala the 370Z and the GTR?

    • May. 1, 7:13am

      I hope so. Probably a:
      Leaf (GTA 2012 version)
      GTR (GTA 2012 version)
      370z (GTA 2012 version)

      :D that would be nice…

  70. May. 1, 7:02am

    Question. Even though my country isn’t in the competition, will I be able to download this mini game and try it out?

  71. May. 1, 6:52am

    They want a german or russian guy this time… They’re competing appart from all the others.

    1 Spanish (Lucas)
    1 French (Tresson)
    1 English (Mc)
    1 American (Heit)

    I don’t know if they want 2 teammates of the same country. xD Because France, Spain and England have as much great drivers (or even more) as Germany or Russia IMO.

    Just thinking…

    • May. 1, 8:56am
      GT HP Nut

      Just realized that the current lineup formed a

      a Russian would fit, but not a German… lol just joking, don’t take this offensive.

    • May. 1, 10:41am
      King Something

      Actually they would fit. Such a lineup would be


  72. May. 1, 6:51am

    So I guess Canada can’t join this event after all huh? :(

  73. May. 1, 6:38am

    I was well inside the Uk top 30 last year,
    My partner could quite possibly leave me if i spend the same amount of time on it as i did last year lol

  74. May. 1, 6:30am

    Just release the damn game. It’s May 1st and all this hype is getting old.

  75. May. 1, 6:28am


  76. May. 1, 6:27am

    As usual, it’s great to see New Zealand being included in all of this. Oh wait…

  77. May. 1, 6:25am

    Will be flying the flag for GTPlanet with my GTP_m8h3r account. I’ll be reasonably happy with <5

    • May. 1, 6:25am


  78. May. 1, 6:20am

    And why is Asia always excluded? :(

    • May. 1, 9:00am
      GT HP Nut

      Nice question. PD please answer. lol

    • May. 1, 9:56am

      They are having a different competition based in Super GT cars. They are excluded for GT Academy but have their own competition.

      Take a look. www. gran-turismo .com /hk /news /d16587.html

  79. May. 1, 6:12am

    Good luck to everyone…i am going to push to the limits and above. And give me luck too. ;)

    • May. 1, 6:15am

      I hope you do well, in Finland I cant even take part :)

    • May. 1, 10:22am

      Finland can’t participate because it wouldn’t be fair to the rest of us.

  80. May. 1, 5:54am

    I’m going for the Belgium Top 200

  81. May. 1, 5:34am

    I don’t give a monkey’s if I can enter the competiontion or not. All I wanted was a go, just to see how I would stack up against the competion. But Sony said no…Australia, this is not for you.

    To all of you that can, the very best of luck.

    • May. 1, 11:42am

      dude, read the post. You can see how you stack up against everyone else, you just can’t win the main prize. It’ll be like the last EU GT academy contest. The leaderboards included people from all countries, and we were able to compete. We just couldn’t win anything. Remember, it was at toscana?

  82. May. 1, 5:10am

    This’s a joke. Germany and Russia race only between themselves. What the fu.. Everyone knows that Poland is best of the best.

    • May. 1, 7:53am

      Yes they drink well and play….lol

    • May. 1, 11:43am

      They’re afraid Robert Kubica will join the contest while he rehabilitates, no one else will have a chance lol

  83. May. 1, 4:52am
    Ben Rogue

    Ah well, was hoping it would be available in NZ.. yet again we get neglected by PD and Sony

  84. May. 1, 4:50am

    Cracking my knuckles and putting on my go fast socks for some heel toe action.
    Redbull lovers unite, it will be a long night.

  85. May. 1, 4:47am

    Damn, was waiting for this post for hours :P

  86. May. 1, 4:45am

    great photo

  87. May. 1, 4:38am

    Would have been nice for other countries to be able to at least try it even if their times arent recorded oh well

  88. May. 1, 4:28am

    I will end up in 1676th (ish) place as always…

    • May. 1, 4:35am

      I’m guessing I’ll be straight in at 14,517th place…

    • May. 1, 5:51am

      Consider yourself lucky, I managed 151,673 (-ish) on the latest Seasonal Time Trails. Looking forward to similar results with the Academy :)

  89. May. 1, 4:23am

    No love for Brazil and Australia? This is so lame.
    A lot of talent that don’t have a chance to compete.
    EU and USA only again? Cmon..

    • May. 1, 4:24am
      GTP Sifer

      I know that feel bro.

  90. May. 1, 4:23am

    Oh wait, in the info it says GT Academy is not available in greece, although in the photo, greece is shown in the 4th place. Any more information about that?

    • May. 1, 4:24am

      you’ re right! This is a good question !

    • May. 1, 6:47am

      I guess its because the demo will be available for every country. But just a few will be in the competition. Nor sure though…

  91. May. 1, 4:22am

    Obviously my country isn’t included. Screw them.

  92. May. 1, 4:22am

    GOOD LUCK to all! ;)

  93. May. 1, 4:21am

    Aww, have to wait til noon ;(

  94. May. 1, 4:20am

    Still waiting for Scandinavia’s time to get anything…

    • May. 1, 11:44am

      They’ll probably do a seperate contest for scandinavia, because you guys would destroy the rest of europe lol

  95. May. 1, 4:19am
    250 GTO

    For God’s sake I’m tired of hearing af about GT-academy…. how about some new DLC instead, this is turning into a joke!

  96. May. 1, 4:18am

    Why is it not available in all countrys in Europe?

  97. May. 1, 4:16am

    and what about the “postponed” update and maybe a dlc ?:)

  98. May. 1, 4:13am

    Awesome photo! So it can be assumed that Australians and other non-participating countries won’t be able to download it from the store? That is more then a little disappointing, but if worst comes to worst, I guess people could make up “Backup” accounts from eligible countries…

    • May. 1, 5:05am

      I’ll be trying it through my Japanese account, no doubt about that.

  99. May. 1, 4:12am

    It’s time.

  100. May. 1, 4:11am

    Can’t wait

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