Demo also serves as GT Academy 2013 qualifier.
'Gran Turismo 6' has been promised for "Holiday 2013" for the PS3, but a demo for the game will be available next Tuesday, July 2nd. Not only will the demo be the first playable introduction for most people to the latest 'Gran Turismo' racing simulator, but the demo is also the first step for those wanting entrance into the GT Academy 2013.
From Ken Chan, Product Manger SCEA, "GT Academy 2013, the biggest competition in its history, will officially kick off with qualifications starting Tuesday, July 2, and ending Sunday, July 28, at 3:59 p.m. PST. The only way to qualify is by downloading the demo for PlayStation 3 and racing for the best qualifying times to advance to National Finals, where they’ll compete for a place in the Silverstone race camp to determine one ultimate winner from each country. This year, the stakes are even higher as players will get on the testing grounds with a new demo from the unreleased Gran Turismo 6 game for PlayStation 3, giving fans around the world a sneak peek into the biggest racing game of the year."
The demo will continue to be available to play long after the qualification ends. The demo is described as "the beginning rounds of a GT Academy-themed race camp." Three cars have been mentioned as part of that beginning, a Nissan Leaf, 370Z and GT-R. The final event of the demo, which players will have to unlock, will feature the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
Players who reach the final event and can submit a qualifying time will unlock bonus content for the full game. The GT Academy is a fairly recent (2008) aspect of 'Gran Turismo,' but shows no signs of slowing its importance to Sony and Nissan.
From director of global motorsport at Nissan, Darren Cox, "At the weekend, two former winners of GT Academy lined up in the Nissan-powered Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan LMP2 car to compete in arguably the greatest race in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours. Their impressive 4th-place finish shows the phenomenal success of the GT Academy program and its world class Driver Development Program. There is no clearer demonstration of why it is worth entering GT Academy, as it could be you next. Even if you don’t make it that far, there is no harm in dreaming and racing some lovely Nissan cars in the GT6 demo."
'Gran Turismo 5' is available for pre-order.
Author: Brian Hoss