Polyphony Digital has finally set the record straight as to the nature of their current GT project, called Gran Turismo HD Concept. After much confusion caused by their E3 2006 demo, we assumed this will be released as a full-fledged game, but that will not happen anymore. Instead, Polyphony are putting the final touches on a free GT HD demo, which will be released online in Japan on December 24, via the PlayStation Store.
Sony's announcement and the message posted by designer Kazunori Yamauchi on the Gran Turismo website today are describing the demo as a work-in-progress (but as final as it gets) version, built on the engine they are currently developing for Gran Turismo 5. It features 10 cars, a single track with two layouts, Time Attack and Drift Trial modes, as well as a Network Ranking feature, presumably allowing players to compare their track times with one another.
So, basically, Gran Turismo HD is being cancelled as a game, and all that will be left is this demo, for the time being only announced for Japan. And it will only be available to download from the PS Store for a limited period.
Once they get this off their hands, the devs from Polyphony will shift all their focus to the real "online car life simulator", Gran Turismo 5. No release date has been set for GT5 yet, but it's being assumed that it will be ready at some point in 2008. Between now and then, Yamauchi says there may be further "concept" demos, as they get closer to reinstating the 46 million-selling GT series to its former glory.
it'll keep GTers busy. still my fav is TDU damn cops always after me with their dumb roadblocks have to drive through the forest in circles.