I was rather disappointed this week to find out that the great looking weather and day/night features from the upcoming Gran Turismo 5 will not be universally available throughout the game.
The official track list has been released and along with it comes info about the different tracks as well as whether or not they support the time and weather features. It makes you wonder if things have really been taken too far, and if we should have already had GT5 a while back, and be looking forward to GT6 with all of the features available on all of the tracks.
I was also really disappointed when I saw just how few tracks actually support the features.
Here is a list of the tracks in Gran Turismo 5, please note that these are the main track names and do not include all the variants and versions of each track. I have however put the number of variants in brackets.
So, out of all of these tracks and variations, how many do you think have weather and time?
Fuji Speedway (2)
Suzuka Circuit (2)
Daytona International Speedway (2)
Tsukuba circuit (1)
Circuit de la Sarthe (4)
Indianapolis Speedway (2)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (2)
The Top Gear Test Track (1)
Laguna Seca Raceway (1)
Gran Turismo Originals
High Speed Ring (2)
Cape Ring (5)
Autumn Ring (4)
Deep Forest Raceway (2)
Grand Valley Speedway (4)
Eigar Nordwand Track (2)
Circuit de Mardrid (4)
Tokyo R246 (2)
Cote d’Azur (1)
Special Stage Route 5 (4)
Special Stage Route 7 (1)
Dirt and Snow
Eiger Norwand (6)
Now, if I add those variations up (and I do so quickly so I hope I was correct), I get 69 total variations.
Out of those 69, only 14 total variations feature weather or time, and in most cases, not both.
They are the following:
Suzuka Circuit – Weather
Circuit de la Sarthe 2009 – Time / Weather
Nurburgring Nordschleife – Time
Nurburgring 24 hr – Time / Weather
Autodromo Nazionale Monza – Weather
High Speed Ring – Weather
Eiger Nordwand Short Track – Weather
Special Stage Route 7 – Weather
Toscana – Time
Toscana Reverse – Time
Chamonix Main – Weather
Chamonix East – Weather
Chamonix West – Weather
Chamonix Mini – Weather
So just to reiterate, these are the only variations noted as having weather or time, not the complete tracks and their variations. In some cases they have listed many tracks as having weather or time, but not the same for the same tracks in reverse, which makes me wonder.
Either way, I am pretty disappointed about this. Sure I am looking forward to the incredible looking weather effects and even the time of day feature, but it feels like in order to finally get this game out the door, they had to stop in the middle of even more additions to the game.
Last Updated: November 15, 2010