Sony's European Brand Manager Penrose Tackie has announced Gran Turismo 5 Special Edition PS3 details today, as follows:
I am absolutely delighted to be able bring what will hopefully be very exciting news to those patiently (or impatiently) waiting for more information on Gran Turismo 5.
During E3, our American colleagues unveiled their rather tasty looking Collector's Edition. Today I can now confirm the special editions of Gran Turismo that will be heading Europe's way later this year.
First up, we have a very special version of the game; one that, with its artfully sculpted exterior, glossy black finish and meticulously designed premium content, exemplifies everything the Gran Turismo brand has always stood for - beauty and precision.
This version of the game is known as the Signature Edition and the recommended retail price will be €179.99. It contains a whole host of exclusive additional content, which is listed below.
- Metal sculpted box finished in SLS AMG Obsidian Black
- Exclusive GT branded SLS AMG 1:43 model car
- GT leather wallet containing Signature Edition competition entry card
- Branded USB key with Polyphony/Mercedes-Benz trailer
- GT branded metal key fob
- Signature Edition coffee table book featuring the beautiful cars and locations of Gran Turismo 5
- 200 page Apex drivers magazine with hints on driving technique, car tuning, future technologies and more
This is in addition to five 'ChromeLine' Collector's Edition cars plus six 'Stealth' vehicles, both featuring enhanced performance and liveries and an exclusive dynamic theme.
A dazzling array of content, I'm sure you will agree, but what makes this very special of special editions, well...very special, is a rather unique competition.
Those lucky enough to get their hands on the Signature Edition (quantities are going to be strictly limited) will be able to enter an extraordinary competition that will combine in-game and real world driving challenges - the prize at the end of these two stages? A real Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar.
That's right; through a combination of meeting challenges in-game within Gran Turismo 5 and then subsequently pulling all the right moves at the AMG Signature Edition driving school, you could win what Kazunori Yamauchi himself has called the "most exciting car in the world right now".
To have a chance of getting your hands on the prize, you're going to have to be 18 or over and hold a full driving licence. Full competition details will be made available at gran-turismo.com shortly.
The Signature Edition competition will be open to residents of the following countries;
UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UAE and Saudi Arabia.
It could well be time to get saving.
Next up for something slightly less exotic but certainly no less exciting, alongside the Signature Edition at launch we will be offering the Gran Turismo 5 Collector's Edition. This version of the game will have a recommended retail price of €79.99.
The Collector's Edition features an exclusive commemorative #5 slip case. It also shares special edition inlay art with the Signature Edition.
What's more, not only do you also get the same dynamic theme as in the Signature Edition, the same set of five ChromeLine vehicles, and also the Apex driver's magazine, you also get five collectible artcards featuring beautifully rendered images carefully chosen by the team at Polyphony.
And if that lot hasn't got you going then the final piece of the jigsaw just might. Alongside the special editions of the game, I can now unveil the 6 highly covetable pre-order cars that will be available in those countries with PlayStation Store.
All of the 6 pre-order vehicles in what Polyphony has titled the 'Stealth' range feature both performance and livery enhancements to give you that little extra edge in-game.
I hope the exciting packages that we have unveiled here have whet your appetite for the fifth proper Gran Turismo game - so which special edition to choose? Decisions, decisions...
There will be more information to come on all of the above and of course plenty more news to come on Gran Turismo 5 itself. Without a doubt it's going to appear here, at eu.playstation.com and on gran-turismo.com so keep checking back.
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