To make Gran Turismo 5 even more awesome than it should be, Polyphony Digital and SCEI have partnered with BBC’s Top Gear show to be made downloadable through Gran Turismo TV (GT TV) that will be included in the PS3 game.
GT TV will be an online dedicated channel that will offer the latest news and content from the motoring world. It will launch worldwide on the PlayStation Network sometime next year. BBC will offer 40 episodes from their revered Top Gear show for download.
Additionally, the Top Gear Test Track – the track featured each week on the show, where the show’s team test the latest cars – will be digitized and made available in Gran Turismo 5.
“We at Polyphony are great fans of the world’s best motoring programme, Top Gear, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with BBC Worldwide to deliver Top Gear content via Gran Turismo,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, President, Polyphony Digital, “We’re sure that players will be as thrilled as we are when they get the chance to put their own driving skills to the test on the Top Gear Test Track in GT5, as well as enjoying classic episodes of Top Gear via GT TV.”
Below are some images from the Top Gear integration in GT TV.
As of this writing, the PlayStation Network is down. The online network for Sony’s PlayStation 3 is supposed to have been taken down by the early release of Gran Turismo HD, which clocks in at over 1GB. Apparently, everyone is trying to download the demo, causing severe overload for Sony.
Please refer to this story for more information on the free release.
Earlier this month it was confirmed that Gran Turismo HD would be released as a free demo in Japan. Now, Sony has announced that it will also be available for free to North Americans, starting December 24, for a “limited” amount of time, however.
Based on Gran Turismo 4, this demo runs in 1080p resolution and features online leaderboards, although there is no online multiplayer. GT HD supports video replay uploading as well, and will include the following ten cars and one track – the Eiger Nordwand – which will be available in reverse mode too.
- Suzuki Cappucino
- Mazda Eunos Roadster
- Honda Integra TYPE R
- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV GSR
- Infiniti G35 Coupe
- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR
- Lotus Elise 111R
- Nissan SKYLINE GT-R Vspec II
- Toyota Celica GT-FOUR Rally Car
- Ferrari 599
Originally planned for release as a full PS3 title, Polyphony Digital wanted to focus on a true sequel to GT4 instead of working on a stopgap. No information has yet been released on Gran Turismo 5, and nothing is expected until late next year or 2008.
Sony’s Japanese website reveals that Gran Turismo HD will not be given a retail release, but will be available for free via the PlayStation Network starting December 24. The company decided to forgo GTHD in favor of working on Gran Turismo 5, the true successor to Gran Turismo 4 (PS2), maybe due to development costs and the recent negative press concerning the use of micro-transactions.
The freely downloadable game will contain ten vehicles and two variations of a track. No North American or European release dates were mentioned.