Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Hits Japan in October

BOOM widget 48384A preview version of Polyphony Digital's upcoming PlayStation 3 driving sim Gran Turismo 5 will be available for download from the Japanese PlayStation Store this October. Titled Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, the sneak peek will feature online play in addition to a number of different vehicles, including some currently unrevealed concept cars.

First announced last week at Sony Computer Entertainment America's E3 press briefing, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue follows Polyphony's tradition of providing an advance look at the franchise's next iteration. This legacy began with the Japan-only Gran Turismo 4 Prologue (PS2), which offered five courses and 50 of the final game's 500 cars months before the proper Gran Turismo 4 arrived, and continued with last winter's free release of Gran Turismo HD through the PlayStation 3's online PlayStation Network.

Sony Computer Entertainment has yet to make any decisions regarding the pricing of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Shacknews has contacted SCEA for North American release details. For more on Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, check out our screenshots.

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