The PlayStation 3's fast-car simulator, Gran Turismo 5, just got a huge update, bringing the title closer to a complete game! Sony has also begun round one of their GT Academy contest, where the top drivers in the U.S. compete for a chance to become a real race car driver.
First, the update. Here's what's being added to Gran Turismo 5, straight from the PlayStation Blog:
- Seasonal Events
The Seasonal Events area has been added to the main GT Life screen. From here you can participate in official online events that will be open for a limited time only. Each event has specific entry and race conditions, and completing events earns you rewards and experience points. Compete here to see how you stack up to the rest of the world on the global leaderboards in the time trials and drift trial events.
- Online Race Rewards and Experience
When you complete a race in the [Open Lobby] or [My Lounge], you will now gain rewards and experience. Even if you are focused more on playing online, you’ll still be able to gain rewards and levels that you need to progress in [GT Life].
- Hot Car Dealer
A new specialized dealership has also been added to the main GT Life screen, making it much easier to find popular and rare used cars compared to the standard Used Car Dealer.
- Distance Driven and Number of Wins in Online Races
Your total distance driven online, and the number of wins you achieve in Open Lobby and My Lounge will now add to your Profile and Garage stats.
- Improved Rewards for Playing
Earn increased rewards for winning races in both A-Spec and B-Spec mode through the end of January only. Now’s the perfect chance to rack up points, build up your garage, and get ahead in the game
GT Academy pits virtual drivers from all over the U.S. in races to determine who is greatest of all. Participants will compete in a series of rounds, with the best of each moving ahead to the next level. Eventually, one, lone heroic driver will be left, and he/she will be trained as a real driver and get to compete in a real endurance race. The competition will be documented in a GT Academy reality show that will air on the SPEED channel and PlayStation Network.
Check out the official site for more details.