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Jul 26, 2012

Gran Turismo 5: Academy Edition




Sony and its Polyphony Digital team have presented a brand new version of their hit Gran Turismo 5 racing game, in the form of Gran Turismo 5: Academy Edition, which will be released this September in Europe.

Gran Turismo 5 came out back in 2010 and quickly managed to draw in millions of PlayStation 3 owners to its racing simulation experience. Since then, plenty of add-ons have been released for the title, as well as special editions like the GT 5 Spec II in Japan, or XL Edition in North America, which included some of the DLC packs already launched. Now, Sony is preparing a similar compilation for European PS3 owners, as they’ll soon be able to buy the Gran Turismo 5: Academy Edition. This special bundle celebrates the long-running partnership between the franchise and carmaker Nissan in the GT Academy, which allows players to become real-life racing drivers.

“GT Academy has captured the imagination of many Gran Turismo fans. It is exciting to watch what Lucas Ordóñez, Jordan Tresson, Jann Mardenborough and Bryan Heitkotter in the USA, are achieving in their new racing careers with Nissan,” said the creator of the series, Kazunori Yamauchi. “People can now see that it is possible to make the switch from being a fast gamer to become a real racing driver. We wanted to mark the tremendous success of GT Academy with the very latest version of GT5.”

Besides the actual game, the upcoming bundle comes with an array of downloadable content packs, including different cars and courses, not to mention a special version of the Nissan GT-R race car, which has recently entered the Nurburgring 24 Hour Race. Check out the DLC that will be available as PSN vouchers below:

  • Complete Pack (Car Pack, Course Pack, Special Paint Pack, Racing Gear Pack)
  • Car Pack 2
  • Car Pack 3 and Course Pack 2
  • The Nissan GTR driven in this year’s Nurburgring 24 hour race by Kazunori Yamauchi.

The Gran Turismo 5: Academy Edition is going to appear on September 26 across Europe for just €29.99/£19.99 (around $36).

Gran Turismo 5: Academy Edition
Image credits to Sony

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