GT5 to get major update next week
Having heard of the preparation for a conference around Gran Turismo 5 next Wednesday, we immediately disguised as a Sushi delivery boy to infiltrate Sony’s French HQ (located only a mile away from mygranturismo.net) to get crucial information.
Getting advantage of the confusion surrounding the coffee machine that was displaying a puzzling “An update is required for this Cappuccino, please press PS button to continue” message, we’ve sneaked in the Secret Files Office. It didn’t take long to find a two pages document along with a floppy disk, just in time before our flashy pink suit raise suspicion among employees. The information we gathered are surprising, to say the least.
GT5 goes green
Let’s start with the bad news: the B-Spec mode is disappearing, cut from the game following ecologist lobbying. It has been pointed out that it unnecessarily raise power consumption: during B-Spec session - which can last 24 hours each - where player has, most of the time, no need to interact with the game at all, a first gen PS3 consume 200 W (100 W for a PS3 Slim), which is the lightning power consumption of several home (a dozen of light bulbs). Is it really a bad news after all?
Bye Bye Bob
As a direct consequence of the B-spec mode disappearance, a mini-game called “Shooting Bob” is introduced. It use the engine of the game Pain (available on PlayStation Network) in order to allow players to get rid of their B-spec drivers in a way that they deserve. It would seem that the injury points will award experience or credit (the document, which we read while running for escape, was unclear on that point).
M-Spec mode introduction
The most optimistic were expecting a C-Spec, or maybe a D-Spec mode (in the best-case), the arrival of a M-Spec mode is then surprising, especially as M stands for Motorcycle. The document did mention that twelve M models will be added to the car list, along with new driver suits that match the player’s country colors. We still don’t know if cars and motorcycle will share tracks, nor if they’ll be solo events like the A-Spec for cars, but we can expect, at least, to see Seasonal Events dedicated to these new machines.
F-Spec : Catch the fish
We didn’t have to read most of details about this new mode, but we can say that it will let you fish into the numerous water bodies that take place along the tracks. In this mini-game, the luckiest players will catch not only fish but also car’s paints, museum cards, and car’s parts (that explains why these are trading items since the game release).
Unfortunately, Sony security employees eventually catch us before we finish reading the document - who knows what other secret we missed?
The men in black were not very happy to have been fooled, but we succeed to hide the floppy disk. At the time of writing, we’re looking at a floppy drive. Expect an update today once we have seen its content.
Update : we've just read and unzip the floppy content, an image file that fill entirely the media, named Midnight_Track_AF01.tif. Here's a smallest version:
Update: as most of you already guessed (the article has been written with that purpose in mind), all the above is an April Fool. There were numerous hints, not mentionning many ridiculous details (but Power Consumption data are true). The picture is from PGR4 (Xbox 360), and have been modified: licence plates are AF (April Fool), and one often ignored not-so-small detail would deserve attention here...