Well sort of, There will be two versions of the game, One with a couple of cars & two tracks, and one with no cars or tracks. But, you will be able to down load cars & tracks via "Microtransactions" With cars costing you $0.50-$1.00 & tracks costing $1.50-$4.50. Now, (this is a direct quote from 1up) "A complete copy of the game will cost gamers somewhere between $426.50 and $975" Well, the words "Holy crap" come to mind, for starters, what do you think?
I'm probably not going to get PS3 until the price goes down to about $400. Also, after the whole "beat up little kids" scheme that 40 year old men had with the Xbox 360, I don't think I want to fight a whole city trying to get into a GameStop, just for something I can't even dream of affording.
Here's the deal with this game. Microtransactions are a new thing to, what we're now calling, "current-gen" systems. Basically, and this is NOT SONY doing this you know, they are trying to push them as far as they possibly can, just to see if people are going to actually take onto this mass microtransaction deal. If people don't bite, which, hopefully, people will not, then they will know better than to try this again, and we will be better off.
But it's all up to the general mass to see if they are going to bite or not. If people actually DO buy from them in this fashion, then they may consider continuing doing this. But, like I said, this is nothing more than a test, a test to see how far they really CAN take this new system of purchasing.
Last week, Gran Turismo fans might have been concerned by a change in an online retailer's product listing for the series' PlayStation 3 debut. Instead of the winter 2006 date Sony had originally pegged for the title, GameStop was listing Gran Turismo HD as releasing December 1, 2007.
Sony today updated the game's Japanese Web site with some good news and some bad news for eager fans of the game. The good news is that a free demo version of Gran Turismo HD with 10 cars and two layouts of a single track will be available for download in Japan from the PlayStation store on December 24, 2006. The bad news is that the full version of the game has been canceled, as the Polyphony Digital team is switching its focus to the next PS3 installment of the series, Gran Turismo 5.
"The Gran Turismo series will change its core principles," Polyphony Digital head Kazunori Yamauchi said about the next installment in the series, which was not given any kind of release window. As for what direction Yamauchi is taking with the series, Sony has only said it "will be a fully realized Online Car Life Simulation."
Back in August, Yamauchi confirmed in an interview with Famitsu that development on the next PS3 version of Gran Turismo had begun. "We are working on a version of GT that supports the full PS3 specification," he told the magazine.
Gran Turismo HD may not be the last downloadable demo edition of the popular racing sim. The Japanese Gran Turismo site says that Sony might be able to offer more "concept" versions of the series before the full release of Gran Turismo 5 arrives. However, any such editions would be included in the final retail release of Gran Turismo 5.
While the free downloadable demo of Gran Turismo HD was confirmed for Japan, it's currently unclear if it will make its way to the US. When asked for a status update on the game's domestic fate, a Sony rep said only, "As of today, there are no official announcements for a North American release of GT HD."
not to live a fanboys dream but ps3 is dissapointing faster than its impressing me.....
really? i go to teh kiosk at the local stores to fuck with people on how good i am at the off-road game..... using the six axis motion sensing ^^ so i break my "PS3 sucks" rant, just ONE game is good enough for me to enjoy
still 360 gives some free downloads, and HD? what happened to "BLUE RAY ALL THE WAY"? Theres Flicking 8 gigs of space, and you have to buy the game for 60$, and get all the shit for 400-900$?