Chevrolet are set to officially unveil their latest Corvette on the 13th of January, 2013 but anyone with a PlayStation 3 and a copy of Gran Turismo 5 can download the prototype to drive around in the game.
Forza Motorsport and Need for Speed: Shift have tried to mark their territory in the racing simulator genre, however, the arcade elements and forgiving gameplay have meant that they never quite reached the level of the genre leader, Gran Turismo.
The first game was released by Kaz Yamauchi on the PlayStation One and since then over seven games with the Gran Turismo logo and name have been released by the same studio, including a PlayStation Portable title as well.
The series has amassed one of the largest overall franchise sales in the industry and remains one of Sony’s strongest exclusives. Gran Turismo 5, which is the latest game in the series to have been released is now over two years old, yet PolyPhony Digital, the developers of the game, are still providing content for the game.
A major update saw the game jump into the v2.00 territory, which brought a host of changes to Gran Turismo 5, essentially finally making it the game many expected it to have been when it was released. The latest driving simulator in the series was off to a shaky start as many were of the opinion that the game felt incomplete despite its lengthy development cycle.
Gran Turismo 5 was one of 2012’s top 10 best-selling games in Europe and Sony seem to want to continue to cater to the game’s fan base as they have announced an unprecedented offer for players of the game.
Anyone who has even the most limited knowledge of cars will have heard of the Chevrolet Corvette. As it turns out the latest Corvette is currently in its prototype and testing phase, with images of the vehicle set to fetch around $100,000 a piece.
However, Sony and Chevrolet have teamed up to release a camouflaged version of the vehicle for Gran Turismo players for the price of free.
The announcement was made on the Official PlayStation Blog, which read: “Well, the rumours are true – officially announced today at the LA Auto Show, Chevrolet and Polyphony Digital have been working very closely for months in developing an exclusive first-hand driving experience by offering a camouflaged Corvette C7 Test Prototype in Gran Turismo 5.”
The best bit about the announcement was still to come. It continued, “The DLC is now available for free through (the) PlayStation Store.”
The announcement also adds that “a designated Corvette design team was tasked with developing custom camouflage to conceal the new design elements.”
At the same time, players can race the car around the Nurburgring Nordschleife and share their times through Corvette’s Faceook page.