For Immediate Release
City , 18 October, 2011: Four new downloadable content (DLC) packs for Gran Turismo®5, and one comprehensive ‘Complete Pack’, are now available to purchase from the PlayStation®Store. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announced the new DLC on 11 October when it released the new GT5™ Functionality Update 2.0 for the 63.5 million-selling racing simulation game.
With Update 2.0 already making significant improvements to the GT5 gaming experience, the DLC packs add stunning new content in the form of cars, tracks, special paint and racing gear.
The new ‘ Racing Car Pack’ includes a new iteration of the stunning Red Bull X2011, the ultimate racing vehicle designed in conjunction with Red Bull Racing and adds 11 new cars from Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Dodge as well as three new bespoke karts.
A hugely exciting addition to Gran Turismo 5 is that of the famous, real ‘World Track’ Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Located in Belgium’s Ardennes forest, Spa is the venue of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix and the famous Spa 24 Hours and is loved by drivers and spectators alike for its fast, hilly and technical nature as well as iconic corners such as Eau Rouge. The new track is available as part of the ‘ Course Pack’ along with a stunning new indoor karting arena which itself includes two layouts.
A new 100-colour set of paints, that include new matte, chrome and polarised colours, makes up the ‘ Special Paint Pack’. This will allow a new, unprecedented degree of personalisation within GT5.
But it is not only the cars that will be personalised. The Racing Gear Pack’ includes special racing gear with 25 new Gran Turismo design helmets and 15 race suits as well as new Simpson helmets and Alpinestars GP1 race suits.
If gamers are looking for inspiration, they will also have access to a famous driver pack from which they can select the race gear of drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson from Nascar; as well as rally drivers Petter Solberg, Sébastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen and Toni Gardemeister.
“ I was clear from the launch of Gran Turismo 5 in November last year that the game would continue to develop over time,” explained creator Kazunori Yamauchi.
“ This new DLC, combined with the recent Spec 2.0 functionality update, will enhance the GT5 experience for our hard-core fans as well as those new to the game. In the same way that many of the changes in Spec 2.0 were driven by feedback from our community, much of the new content was also created as a result of their suggestions. I am particularly pleased to see the wonderful Spa-Francorchamps circuit make its full debut on Gran Turismo. It will be a lot of fun.”
The DLC packs are available to purchase separately for or as a ‘Complete Pack’ bundle at a reduced price:
Racing Car Pack - €7.99
Course Pack- €3.99
Racing Gear Pack - €1.99
Special Paint Pack - €1.99
Complete(Bundle) Pack - €11.99
PlayStation Plus Bundle Price - €8.99 (1 month offer)
About the Gran Turismo® Franchise
With more than 60 million units shipped worldwide, the award-winning Gran Turismo® franchise for the PlayStation® , PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 and PSP (PlayStation® Portable) is regarded as the best and most authentic driving simulator ever created due to its true-to-life graphics, authentic physics technology and design. Since the inception of the Gran Turismo franchise, famed creator Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital Inc. in Japan have revolutionized the racing category as we know it today. His offerings provide the most realistic driving simulation in the industry and a unique medium for automotive manufacturers to showcase their products.
Gran Turismo®5 was released on 24 November, 2010 and sold 5.5 million units worldwide in its first two weeks on sale. The ninth instalment of the world’s best-selling racing franchise features a completely new physics engine for an improved feel for steering during turns and drifts, delivering a more intuitive driving experience than ever before. The game also features an impressive line-up of more than 1,000 licensed cars from the world’s top manufacturers. Other innovative features include stereoscopic 3D support, real-time car damage, dynamic weather effects and a deep online and community feature set where players can race online with up to 16 competitors through PlayStation®Network. With the widest scope and depth of gameplay options in the Gran Turismo series, Gran Turismo 5 offers users an entertainment experience that is only possible on PS3.
Gran Turismo clothing and merchandise is now available on www.shop.eu.gran-turismo.com
About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®3, PlayStation®2, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®Network software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PlayStation 3 in November 2006, 50 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level. Maintaining its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history, PlayStation 2 has sold over 151 million systems worldwide. Since its launch at the end of 2004, over 69.5 million PSPs have been sold globally, highlighting the importance of the portable entertainment market. With the huge increase in interest and accessibility of network applications and network gaming, more than 77 million accounts have registered to PlayStation Network, the free-to-access interactive environment, and over 1.57 billion items have been downloaded.
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