Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Free + Leipzig Details

In a recent Gamespot interview with Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi, Kazunori managed to spill all manner of beans about this year’s contender of Racer of the Year coming soon to PlayStation 3. The most interesting point taken from this interview is that when Gran Turismo 5 releases later this year, it will be downloadable for FREE!

Still standing? good, let’s summarise what additional details we can take from this interview…

  • Detailed cockpits for all vehicles
  • No animations for your character changing gears, though this will be present in the final version
  • Rear and side-view mirrors incomplete
  • AI opponents in multiplayer races
  • Rumble present (via Wheel) though fairly light and noticeable when driving over curbs
  • 8 player online, 16 players offline
  • Traditional GT AI “snake like” racing line still present
  • No damage model present
  • Rumour: Damage will make it on release or via downloadable update
  • Collision detection needed some work
  • Current car present on the main menu (think Forza 2)
  • Interchangeable location backgrounds
  • TV and Album menu options
  • TV to feature race replays through to car manufacturer videos
  • Album to feature user generated photos which you can share with others
  • Home to seamlessly integrate with GT5
  • Map and Calender areas on the main menu
  • Your friends locations will be shown on the map
  • Official and organized race events will appear in the Calender
  • 200,000 polygons used in GT5 vehicles compared to GT4’s 4,000
  • Rumour: Upgrades and parts available by download
  • AI drivers will be aware of rivals positions on track, they will swerve to avoid obstacles and accidents
  • AI improvements via download updates
  • Drifting possible in GT5

So there we go, plenty there to get all excited for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue once it hits the PlayStation Store later this year, October to be exact if you’re in Japan. We can no doubt expect more details to rise out of Tokyo Game Show at the end of next month. Lets hope AI is addressed, damage modelling confirmed and more online features are revealed in the months to come. Until then, check out the latest images from Leipzig for GT5 over in our media area.

Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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