For a while there, we weren't sure what to think. Were they going to include various weather conditions in Gran Turismo 5 or not?
Well, it seems like everything has been clarified thanks to French site GameBlog , citing a recent JVN video interview with GT series creator, Kazunori Yamauchi. In the first part of the 8-minute interview, Yamauchi has confirmed the weather conditions; there will be both night and day races, and rain is most certainly returning. We'll also assume snow – for Rally races – will come back as well, so it's a definite challenge for Polyphony to recreate physical realism on all different surfaces, and at all different times of the day. That interview also reconfirmed what we had already heard last week at the Tokyo Game Show: 950 vehicle garage, 20 locations around the world, 70 total circuit variations, an entirely new physics engine, the new damage modeling, replay uploads on YouTube, enhanced GTTV and exporting between PS3 and PSP, and of course, the unlocking of certain cars in Gran Turismo PSP and the subsequent transfer to GT5. It's a definite beast of a driving simulator but without weather conditions, it would've seemed a little more…plastic, I guess. We needed the dynamic alteration of weather and time to really make the game shine.
And thankfully, it's definitely coming. Too bad we have to wait until March but we have a sneaking suspicion that GT5 will be a game that's well worth the wait.
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5