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
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.
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/.
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