CVG reports that Sony Japan has confirmed that a massive 1000 cars are set to appear in the upcoming Gran Turismo 5 – though it has also been suggested that only 340 of those will come bundled on the Blu-Ray disc.
The rest of the content will be accessible via Sony's online PlayStation Network – though whether they will cost any additional money is yet to be seen. It had been previously suggested that the game itself might hit retail at a significantly reduced price, with additional revenue being raised from premium downloads.
In other Gran Turismo 5 related musings, it also emerged that Polyphony Digital will also be developing cars for individual clients.
UPDATE A spokesperson for SCEE has contacted MCV to deny these claims. A statement reads:
"Despite news articles claiming that 'SCEI/Polyphony Digital' have made an official announcement with regards to GT5 featuring 1000 vehicles, we can onfirm that this is pure speculation. It would appear that the list is a mixture of vehicles that were included in previous GT titles, coupled with
somebody's own fantasy garage.
"Further details about GT5 will be announced in due course, but for the moment at least, we can confirm that the current car list/speculation, does not come from SCE."