It's been almost six years since the last installment of the Gran Turismo series was released. You could say that GT5 has become somewhat akin to the Chinese Democracy of racing games. So a lot is riding on this title, not only for Polyphony, who've already put upwards of $60,000,000 into the production of the game, but for Sony and their PS3 as well. But soon, we'll be getting our first proper glimpse of what all the fuss is about.
After a long, long wait, a true demo for GT5 will hit the PSN store on the 17th of this month, satiating the hunger for racing sim fans who've been chomping at the bit for this game ever since the PlayStation 3 was announced.
And to help get things started right, Polyphony is bringing back the GT Academy contest, in which gamers will have a chance to compete against one another on the time trial leaderboards to win real-world prizes.
For North American residents, the fastest racer will win a trip to the Indianapolis 500 - a fine prize for sure. But for the Euro residents, the spoils of victory are even sweeter.
The top prize in Europe will be a spot in the GT Academy racing school, doing some real world driving in a real race-spec Nissan 370Z. Far from a fantasy racing trip for tourists, the GT Academy has already helped one gamer make the jump from the console to the driver's seat in a very dramatic way. Get your clutch foot ready because the wait is almost over.