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Sony And Polyphony Nix Gran Turismo HD

Well, despite all the hype for Sony and Polyphony Digital's download-based gaming endeavor, things just didn't pan out. Today, Sony has announced the official cancellation of the retail release of Gran Turismo HD, reportedly so the developer can center all its energy on Gran Turismo 5.

GT HD was originally slated for a Japanese release some time in December, and it should've been available for a very low cost. Of course, there was only minimal gameplay content at the get-go; players would've had to head online to download cars and tracks through a series of transactions.

However, they are preparing a version of Gran Turismo HD to be released exclusively in download form on the PlayStation Store. Entitled Gran Turismo HD Concept, the download will be free, and added to the Japanese Store on December 24. They have yet to announce a U.S. date.

That download will only be the first of many "Concept" downloads. There are no content specifics as of yet, but producer Kazunori Yamauchi did drop a few hints in a message posted at the official Gran Turismo site. He says the Christmas Even download will provide gamers with a first look at high-definition visuals made possible by the PS3. The next Concept download will come with Polyphony's next-gen driving engine.

Concerning the online racing originally promised for GT HD, Yamauchi has said this will now be included in the final Gran Turismo 5 product, which should make many GT fans happy. At this time, there is no estimated release date for what is guaranteed to be a hugely anticipated title.

One final bit of interesting news concerning the GT franchise: the official site lists the genre for Gran Turismo HD Concept as "Real Driving Simulator," which sounds similar to Gran Turismo 4. However, and this might get one thinking, they label Gran Turismo 5 as an "Online Car Life Simulator." Hmm...

Related Game(s): Gran Turismo HD, Gran Turismo 5

12/1/2006 Ben Dutka

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