A few days ago, we reported on the possibility of the Subaru BRZ being included into Gran Turismo 5's expansive car roster at some point, and this new announcement from Playstation Europe proves that this is the case. However, the subsidiary to the Japanese technology giant also had quite a few more tidbits of info to share.
As part of GT5's DLC 'programme', not only will the Subaru BRZ be offered as as a paid-for addition to the game on Tuesday 25 September, but two more cars – the Nissan GT-R N24 that competed and won its class in this year's Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race, and one of the many Honda HSV-010 Super GT cars that made up the grid of last year's season – will also be made available for purchase next week.
But it's not just the announcement that makes the downloadable cars interesting. After all, two of the trio have been requested by the community ever since Polyphony Digital began releasing DLC in October last year, and all three will be available to purchase individually for £0.79 (for previous content, you couldn't buy the cars individually – if you wanted one of the cars, you had to buy the entire pack).
On top of this, it's also been announced that a new software update will be available on the day the downloadable content will be released. Dubbed '2.08', it features quite a few noteworthy changes, such as altered tyre wear on endurance races, additions to online play and enhancements to the affects of aerodynamic bodyparts and ride height.
The full list of changes has been listed below:
•Now possible to select “Disable collisions” in the [Event Settings] of online races.
•Response of the clutch pedal when using the steering wheel controllers “G25 Racing Wheel”, “G27 Racing Wheel”, “T500RS” and “TH8RS” has been adjusted.
•Amount of air resistance change when altering aerodynamic wing settings has been increased.
•Adjusted the changes in control characteristic when altering vehicle height from standard height. (Vehicle height can be changed by adjusting ride height, either by installing a suspension kit or adjusting a full customizable suspension kit.)
As with all major GT5 updates, there will be a period of maintenance 'downtime', and it's just been announced that this will be 4.00 AM GMT on September 25 and will last for roughly an hour, with the DLC being made available shortly afterwards once the PlayStation Store has been updated.
All in all, quite an interesting bit of news, we reckon. Yes, the BRZ and the Nissan GT-R race car were probably givens, but we weren't expecting the Honda Super GT car to be part of the announcement as well (then again, Kazunori Yamauchi did reveal a while ago that his development team had been working on it for some time…), nor an update that alters some key compnents of the in-game physics.
But what do you think of these new downloadable items? Will you be buying the cars and welcoming the update with open arms, or do you sit on the other side of the fence and aren't particularly satisfied with what Polyphony will be releasing next Tuesday? Let us know in the comments, in our Forums or on our Facebook page.