Yamauchi spills GT5 details at TGS

New details for Gran Turismo 5

At a press conference Thursday at the Toyko Game Show, Gran Turismo 5 Developer Kazunori Yamauchi disclosed additional features so far unrevealed by the E3 2010 and GamesCom 2010 conferences.

First up is a series of new tracks and cars. Laguna Seca, Trial Mountain, and Circuit de la Sarthe may all be familiar to racing buffs -- but the cars are a bit strange. The K├╝belwagen, Schwimmwagen, Samba Bus, and 4200R are all technically "old" cars developed years ago -- but maybe people haven't ever seen them. Additionally, Kazunori also revealed the GT by Citro├źn R.

Next, Kazunori revisited the My Home social networking feature built into GT5. In addition to status updates via browser and track-sharing tools, he revealed a Remote Racing feature where friends can race via web browser using the b-spec mode. Players can leave their PS3s on, creating servers for these web-based games.

"Right now the browser game industry and the console game industry are two totally different things," Kazunori said through a translator. "But [this mode] is the first [that] bridges the two."

Kazunori briefly touched on the game's special-events system using a live demo of Rally Mode. In this dirt-track mode, the courses are generated dynamically right when you load into the course. A navigator calls out turns, or you can use a course-overlay view to track turns. Like a real-life rally race, times are cumulative, and other cars get to start first.

Lastly, Kazunori revealed the Dynamic Weather Changes system. For courses where applicable (like the endurance run courses), a "forecast" set by the developer creates conditions for weather events to occur. For example, a course my be "partially cloud" and then during the race, the player may experience rain or sleet. The effects of weather create real road challenges, like a slick road at night that reflects lights oddly or a dry desert course with sand blowing in front of the windshield. Kazunori said this is a feature that'll probably be more for the hardcore than the casual racer.