Updated / Europe gets extra GT5 Prologue goods

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Sony announced today that motor heads in Europe will be on the receiving end of some additional Gran Turismo 5 Prologue content. In addition to 16-player online racing, 71 cars, and 6 tracks that will be available worldwide, Europeans also get some nifty additional features:

  • 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.

Why these features are only available in Europe is anyones guess. Common things like split screen racing should really be available to everyone and not be limited to a certain region. I for one would really like to know what the reasoning behind these choices are.

Prologue will be out in two weeks time – on Blu-ray March 26 and as a download from PSN the following day, on March 27. Full release after the break.

Update: It turns out the “additional features” are an addition to the North American version of the game as well.

Get Your Motor Running – Gran Turismo 5 PrologueTM

o Additional special features included in the European release
o 16-player online racing on PLAYSTATION®Network – a Gran Turismo first!
o 71 dream cars, High Definition graphics, new physics engine… and a TV channel

Wednesday March 12, 2008 – Attention all driving fans!! One of the games industry’s most legendary titles is about to make its PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) debut! That’s right – the real driving simulator that’s already sold almost 50 million units is back. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Polyphony Digital are pleased to announce Gran Turismo 5 Prologue™, a prequel title showcasing the forthcoming Gran Turismo™ 5 for PS3, will be available both on Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) on Wednesday 26 March for £24.99 (RRP), and as a download from PLAYSTATION®Network on Thursday 27 March. Launching on the same day as the standalone BD version, a PS3 bundle will be available including a PS3 40GB model, a SIXAXIS™ wireless controller and a Gran Turismo 5 Prologue game, all for just £299.99 (RRP).

Gran Turismo on PlayStation® is one of the most successful global gaming franchises of the last decade – 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 71 stunning cars – including vehicles by Lotus, Aston Martin, Subaru and, making another striking appearance, Ferrari – for you to race on six seriously realistic tracks: the Eiger Nordwand; the Daytona International Speedway; the London City Track; the Fuji Speedway, Suzuka and the High Speed Ring – all drivable in two layouts and 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 in the history of Gran Turismo, you’ll be able to race online. Thanks to PLAYSTATION Network, up to 16 players will be able to go head-to-head on some of the world’s best racetracks – all you need to get racing is a broadband connection and a PS3. Once you’re up and revving, Global Online Rankings will leave the world in no doubt as to just who is the best at Gran Turismo.

And then there’s Gran Turismo™ TV – a dedicated online channel available exclusively from PLAYSTATION Network and packed with some of the greatest content that motorsport has to offer.

And, when you’re done watching live coverage, you can take a more sedate browse through the Gran Turismo museum, where you’ll find virtual exhibits on the history of many of the world-class car marques that have starred in Gran Turismo.

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, high-performance cars
  • Race the Eiger Nordwand, the Daytona International Speedway, the London City Track , the Fuji Speedway, Suzuka and the High Speed Ring – and then race them in alternative layouts
  • All-new physics engine means true next-generation vehicle handling
  • All-new and improved opponent AI opponents for a nail-biting race experience
  • Access to Gran Turismo TV : a world of great motoring TV programming online
  • 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.
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