Gran Turismo 5 to receive damage update, game sells 2.4 million units

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In a series of Twitter entries, Kazunori Yamauchi has revealed plans to release a few substantial updates and additions to the recently released Gran Turismo 5, which he and his team at Polyphony Digital recently shoved, pulled, willed and bribed out of the door.

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According to GTPlanet, the planned Gran Turismo 5 update/s will add “mechanical damage options” and possibly even a free roam mode:

Here is the full collection of Yamauchi’s tweets talking Gran Turismo 5 updates, plans and reminders:

  • Flexible camera angles and “dynamic and wide-area lighting needs” are to blame for the sometimes blocky shadows. Yamauchi admits they are a problem and wants to improve them.
  • Yamauchi appears to consider the possibility of removing the in-game HUD (heads-up-display features) at some point in the future.
  • To unlock the Red Bull X1, you’ll need to complete the “Sebastian Vettel Challenge”, which appears at Level 30.
  • Online “lounge” functionality and other features will be added “one by one”.
  • Polyphony Digital continues to work on fully supporting the Logitech G25 and G27, though Yamauchi admits he would like a “new steering device soon”:
  • Mechanical damage options will be implemented in a new update for GT5 coming “early December”.
  • As you may know, many players noticed that GT5’s face-tracking functionality only worked in Arcade mode. According to Yamauchi, it’s not available in GT mode due to memory issues with the PS3.
  • In-game rewards (such as the monetary prize in GT5 Prologue) for your performance in online events is something Polyphony Digital is considering, and may be implemented in a future update.
  • Gran Turismo 5’s official, 2-disc sound-track will be released soon.
  • Yamauchi wanted to implement a “free roam” gameplay mode in GT5, where players could drive around, respecting speed limits and obeying traffic laws, and even exit the car to walk around and explore the environment on foot.
  • The YouTube replay upload feature had to be pulled from the final version of the game because it took a very long time to render and it consumed too much memory. Yamauchi is still considering it, however.

Additionally, Gran Turismo Cup has reported that Gran Turismo 5 has sold 2.4 million units in only four days, with 1.5 million copes having been pre-ordered in Europe alone!

According to the site, this makes Gran Turismo 5 the fastest selling racing game this generation. Here’s a breakdown of the sales data:

  • EMEAA (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia): 1 841 500 copies
  • Japan: 212 296 copies
  • Americas: 382 000 copies

Read through El33tonline’s previous coverage of Gran Turismo 5, and if you think this ultimate racing simulator is your game of the year, vote for it in El33tonline’s Game of the Year competition!

Source: GTPlanet and Gran Turismo Cup

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