Hello everyone. If you were on the PlayStation Blog during the long hot summer (*wink*), you may have noticed an announcement for the forthcoming GT5 Academy Edition due to be launched 26th September 2012. I am pleased to now bring you more exciting information on this new edition of GT5.
The GT5: Academy Edition has of course been inspired by the extraordinary exploits of the winners of the innovative GT Academy competition that we run in conjunction with our partners at Nissan. Now a few lucky owners of the GT5: Academy Edition will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of our winners via the exclusive in-game GT Academy Challenge.
Here’s the lowdown on what it’s all about. Purchase GT5: Academy Edition and place in the top six within the GT Academy Challenge in January 2013, then opportunity knocks as you will be invited to Silverstone race circuit in March 2013 to take part in a set of GT Academy-inspired challenges.
If you emerge as the winner from the Silverstone stage you will win an all-expenses paid trip for you and a willing companion to the 2013 Le Man 24H race – (taking place on the 22nd and 23rd June 2013) where two of our star GT Academy drivers, Lucas Ordonez and Jordan Tresson, raced last year.
The in-game GT Academy Challenge will start 1st January 2013 and will run until 31st January 2013 – so you have plenty of opportunity to hone your skills before proceedings kick off. The competition will be available in the following countries; Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic Of Ireland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK & UAE.
But fear not if you aren’t in one of the eligible countries listed above. During the Paris Motor Show, which takes place between 29th September and 14th October, there will be a special GT5 Academy Edition challenge at the Nissan stand that will offer an opportunity for attendees to grab a direct route to Silverstone in March 2013.
But the GT5: Academy Edition is not just about the GT Academy Challenge competition – purchasers of the special edition will also receive a 25% discount voucher for the online Gran Turismo merchandise store GT Boutique. This is in addition to the fantastic package of DLC and full complement of functionality updates that is included within this edition, which adds an extra 30 vehicles and three courses, plus paint packs and racing gear.
The GT Boutique voucher will be available in the following countries; Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, Russia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand.
So there you have it. Lots of great GT5 content, a chance to race for real, watch Le Mans in style, plus the opportunity to get kitted out in some rather fabulous gear. GT5 Academy Edition will launch on 26th September 2012 sporting an RRP of €29.99/£19.99. There will be more news on Gran Turismo to come so keep your eyes on PlayStation Blog and gran-turismo.com for more details.