Gran Turismo™ 3 A-spec Delivers the Most Technologically Advanced Racing Experience Exclusively on Playstation®2

Best-selling Gran Turismo Franchise Adds New Installment to the Racing Dynasty

PRNewswire
FOSTER CITY, Calif.
Dec 22, 2000

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the Spring 2001 release of Gran Turismo™ 3 A-spec, the latest installment of the greatest racing series in history. Developed exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system by Polyphony Digital Inc., Gran Turismo 3 A-spec harnesses the technological power of PlayStation 2 bringing the team's creative vision to life through outstanding graphics and special effects, and creating the most technologically advanced racing experience ever.

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The Gran Turismo franchise revolutionized the racing car genre. In May 1998, the original Gran Turismo was released on the PlayStation game console providing the best graphics and realism to date. Since its launch, 3.7 million units have been sold nationwide and more than 10 million units sold worldwide. Back by popular demand, in December 1999, Gran Turismo 2 was released on the PlayStation game console selling more than one million units in six weeks. As one of the most highly-anticipated titles for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Gran Turismo 3 A-spec's mass market appeal is expected to drive hardware sales for the platform in 2001.

"We are thrilled to bring the Gran Turismo franchise to the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. "Gran Turismo 3 A-spec truly revolutionizes the racing category, bringing a new dimension in physics, graphics and special effects that blurs the line between game and reality. It will appeal to a much broader audience and will drive the formation of the PlayStation 2 platform."

Gran Turismo 3 A-spec immerses players into the most true-to-life environments ever realized, including special effects like blinding sun glare hitting the windshield, shimmering heat rays rising off the tarmac and real-time reflections on the cars, adding to the overall experience. Improved opponent A.I. (artificial intelligence) further adds to the realism, allowing players to experience a true sense of emotion emanating from the opposing cars. As drivers respond to annoying tailgating, they may pass you on the inside or perform sneering cut-offs. In addition, the power of PlayStation 2 allows for each car's characteristics to be accurately designed and calculated to handle according to the "real life" physics of that particular vehicle, taking into account weight, speed, friction, wind and more.

The most realistic interactive racing experience to date, Gran Turismo 3 A-spec delivers speed that players can actually feel. The game takes full advantage of the DUALSHOCK™2 analog controller, so that the harder the driver pushes on the touch-sensitive controller, the faster the car goes, simulating the gas pedal of a real car. Drivers can "feel" the speed as they maneuver through curves and shoot down straight-aways while racing fellow competitors.

The PlayStation 2's superior technology has enabled the development team to evolve the sound effects in Gran Tursimo 3 A Spec to a new level of realism. Tire sounds have been improved so that each tire has its own distinctive skid sound. Players will notice that the friction noise changes throughout the game, depending on the driver's speed, and the type or size of the tires on the car. As players accelerate, the sound of the wind from the car's body will increase, adding to the overall sensation of speed and realism.

In Gran Turismo 3 A-spec, weather conditions, including enhanced fogging effects and rain, have been implemented to improve realism and add challenge to the racing experience. An enhanced Rally Mode adds further variety, allowing players to race through gravel tracks, kicking up dirt to impair their opponent's view. Dirt tracks offer a completely different driving experience with varying topography that changes how well each vehicle's traction handles the gravel tracks.

More than 150 authentic vehicles will be available to the player, including a variety of models from Japanese, European and American car manufacturers. Among the choice of vehicles, there will be 30 new car models, plus the return of European "super cars" and American "muscle cars" as seen in Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo 2. All vehicles will feature individually customized performance, handling, drive train and real engine sounds. The following is a list of automobiles featured in Gran Turismo 3 A-spec:

  Manufacturer/Car/Model
  Acura CL               3.2                  Type S
  Acura                  NSX
  Acura                  NSX
  Acura                  Integra              Type R
  Alfa Romeo             156                  Super Turismo
  Alfa Romeo             156                  2.5 V6 24V
  Aston Martin           DB7                  Vantage Coupe
  Aston Martin           V8                   Vantage
  Audi                   S4
  Audi                   TT                   1.8T quattro
  BMW                    328ci
  Chevrolet              Corvette             Grand Sport
  Chevrolet              Camaro               Z28
  Chevrolet              Corvette             Z06
  Chevrolet              Camaro               SS
  Chrysler               PT Cruiser
  Citroen                Xsara                Rally Car
  Daihatsu               Storia               X4
  Daihatsu               Mira                 TR-XX Avanzato R
  Dodge                  Viper                GTS-R Team Oreca
  Dodge                  Viper                GTS
  Fiat                   Coupe                Turbo Plus
  Ford                   Focus                Rally Car
  Ford                   Escort               Rally Car
  Ford                   Mustang              SVT Cobra R
  Ford                   GT40                 Race Car
  Ford                   GT40
  Gillet                 Vertigo              Race Car
  Honda                  Accord               Euro-R
  Honda                  Raybryg NSX
  Honda                  Castrol Mugen Nsx
  Honda                  Arta NSX
  Honda                  NSX                  Type S Zero
  Honda                  NSX                  Type R
  Honda                  S2000                Type V
  Honda                  S2000
  Honda                  Integra              Type R 98 Spec
  Honda                  Civic                Type R(EK)
  Honda                  Civic                SiR-II(EG)
  Honda                  Cr-X Del-Sol         SiR
  Jaguar                 XJ220                Road Car
  Jaguar                 XKR                  Coupe
  Lister                 Storm V12            Race Car
  Lotus                  Esprit               Sport 350
  Lotus                  Elise                190
  Lotus                  Motor Sport Elise
  Mazda                  RX-7 Type RS
  Mazda                  RX-7 Type RZ
  Mazda                  Savanna RX-7         Infini III(FC)
  Mazda                  Eunos Roadster       Normal
  Mazda                  Eunos Roadster       Normal
  Mazda                  Roadster             1.8 RS
  Mazda                  Roadster             RS
  Mazda                  Demio                GL-X
  Mercedes-Benz          CLK55
  Mercedes-Benz          CL600
  Mercedes-Benz          SLK                  230 Kompressor
  Mitsubishi             FTO                  GP Version R
  Mitsubishi             GTO                  Twin Turbo
  Mitsubishi             GTO                  Twin Turbo
  Mitsubishi             Lancer               Evolution IV GSR
  Mitsubishi             Lancer               Evolution V GSR
  Mitsubishi             Lancer               Evolution VI GSR Tommi
                                              Makinen Edition(Stripe)
  Mitsubishi             Lancer               Evolution VI Rally Car
  Mitsubishi             Lancer               Evolution VI GSR
  Mitsubishi             Lancer               Evolution VI GSR Tommi
                                              Makinen Edition
  Mitsubishi             Lancer               Evolution VII GSR
  Nissan                 Silvia               Varietta
  Nissan                 Skyline              GTS-t Type M(R32)
  Nissan                 Skyline              GT-R Vspec II(R32)
  Nissan                 Skyline              GT-R Vspec(R33)
  Nissan                 R390 GT1             LM Race Car
  Nissan                 R390 GT1             Road Car
  Nissan                 Skyline              GT-R Vspec(R34)
  Nissan                 Skyline              GT-R Vspec II(R34)
  Nissan                 Pennzoil Nismo       GT-R GT
  Nissan                 Silvia               K's 2000cc(S13)
  Nissan                 Silvia               K's 1800cc(S13)
  Nissan                 Silvia               K's Aero(S14)
  Nissan                 Silvia               Spec R(S15)
  Nissan                 180SX                Type X
  Nissan                 Loctite Zexel        GT
  Nissan                 Calsonic Skyline     GT
  Nissan                 Fairlady Z           Version S 2 seater Twin Turbo
  Opel                   Caribra              Touring Car
  Pagani                 Zonda                C12
  Pagani                 Zonda                C12S
  Peugeot                206                  S16
  Peugeot                206                  Rally Car
  Renault                Clio Sport           V6 24V
  Renault                Clio Sport           Race Car
  RUF                    RUF 3400S
  RUF                    RUF R-GT
  RUF                    RUF CTR2
  Shelby                 Cobra
  Subaru                 Impreza              WRX STi
  Subaru                 Impreza              Sports Wagon STi
  Subaru                 Impreza              Rally Car
  Subaru                 Impreza              Coupe 22B STi Version
  Subaru                 Impreza              Sedan WRX STi Ver. VI
  Subaru                 Impreza              Wagon WRX STi Ver. VI
  Subaru                 Impreza              Rally Car prototype
  Subaru                 Legacy B4            RSK
  Subaru                 Legacy B4            Blitzen
  Subaru                 Legacy               Touring Wagon GT-B
  Suzuki                 Alto Works           Suzuki Sports Limited
  Tommykaira             ZZS
  Toyota                 MR2                  GT-S
  Toyota                 MR2                  G-Limited
  Toyota                 Corolla              Rally Car
  Toyota                 Sprinter Trueno      GT-Apex(AE86 Type I)
  Toyota                 Altezza
  Toyota                 MR-S                 S Edition
  Toyota                 Autobacs             APEX MR-SGT
  Toyota                 Celica               SS-II
  Toyota                 Supra                RZ
  Toyota                 Supra                SZ-R
  Toyota                 Castrol Tom's Supra
  Toyota                 Denso Sard Supra
  Toyota                 Altezza              RS200
  Toyota                 Altezza              AS200
  Toyota                 GT-One(TS020)        Race Car
  Toyota                 GT-One(TS020)        Road Car
  Toyota                 Vitz                 Euro Edition
  Toyota                 Vitz                 RS 1.5
  Toyota                 Celica               GT-Four(ST205)
  Toyota                 Sprinter Trueno      GT-Apex Shigeno version
  TVR                    Tuscan               Speed 6
  TVR                    Griffith             500
  TVR                    Speed 12
  Vauxhall               Astra
  Vauxhall               VX220
  Vauxhall               Caribra
  Volkswagen             New Beetle           2.0
  Volkswagen             New Beetle           RSi
  Volkswagen             New Beetle           Cup car
  Volkswagen             Lupo                 Cup car

Continuing to set the standards for racing games Gran Turismo 3 A-spec will incorporate many enhanced features including:

  -- Fifteen tracks including two new tracks -- Monte Carlo and Tokyo
     circuits
  -- Arcade Racing mode with power slides, burnouts and excessive speed
  -- In-depth simulation mode where money is earned to buy and sell vehicles
     and upgrade parts
  -- License tests and racing championship rounds
  -- Fully customizable vehicles
  -- Refined Replay mode
  -- One-to-six player racing using i-link

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has not yet rated Gran Turismo 3 A-spec. For more information about the ESRB visit http://www.esrb.org/.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PS one game console and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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SOURCE: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Contact: Charlotte Panther, 650-655-3542, or
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