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TGS07: GT5 Prologue is most expensive demo ever

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Hidden away in Sony's TGS catalog was a shocking revelation: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's Japanese release date and price. Scheduled for December 13th, the game sample (demo, as we used to call) will retail for a whopping ¥4,980 ($43.10) on Blu-ray and ¥4,500 ($38.95) when downloaded through the PlayStation Store. Although the game will feature stunning graphics and many features of the final game, this seems as much too high for a game that has a limited track and vehicle selection. We hope that this kind of sticker shock doesn't come across the Pacific into other territories.

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1. Sampler?? are they trying to copy sega again and call demos samplers? Anyway they have to make they're money somehow since the ps3 has no games to sell.

Posted at 2:37PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Rasta4Eye

2. Wow, Polyphony and Sony sure have some balls. Trying to charge us now for something they previously said was free. Gay.

Posted at 2:42PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Popfrogs

3. WOW!!! I figured it would have a cost... But I was not expecting that much!!!

Posted at 2:47PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Jeff

4. We pay 40 for a demo and 60 for a game no thanks.

Posted at 2:47PM on Sep 21st 2007 by john

5. Wow.

Sony, I know that the network is free(and we love you for that), I know it takes a ton of effort and dollars to make GT5 Prologue, but do not make the mistake of charging for it. The PS3 needs every good headline it can get and this would be a biggie. It would trump anything on the Xbox network by a mile, and be an unprecented gift to users. People sitting on the fence, not sure if they want to dive in because of bad publicity, would get a great reason to join the Sony camp.

Posted at 2:48PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Jason

6. Oh come on, you can hardly say that it's going to cost that when it comes to US and EU. The currencies never convert directly over to our currencies like that - look at the Loco Roco game, EOJ booster backs .etc.

It'll probably cost £10/$20 at most.

Posted at 2:52PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Joe Collinson

7. Haven't the GT Prologues always cost money? What's new this time besides unrealistic expectations?

Posted at 2:55PM on Sep 21st 2007 by upz

8. How is a game with 40 cars, 5 tracks and online play a "demo". It's already more of a game than most racing games.

You do realize that GT4 prologue cost $29 when it came out for the PS2 right?

Posted at 3:00PM on Sep 21st 2007 by JC

9. @6: Seriously? Locoroco is more expensive in North America than it is anywhere else in the world.

Posted at 3:00PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Popfrogs

10. @7
yup - the Prologues have always cost money in Japan. i remember reading that GT5Prologue wasn't going to be limited like the GTHD demo that came out last year and was going to have a bunch of cars and tracks. i can't remember what mag/site i saw it on, but it said something about it being "limited" compared to GT5 (full game), but not limited compared to other racing games. i'll try to find that quote if noone else knows how many cars/tracks there'll be in the final GT5Prologue...

Posted at 3:01PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Solace

11. It's not a demo and prologues have never been free. It's a taste of what is to come late 2008, for the fans it's an opportunity to play a brilliant racing game. For the people who don't want to play, you don't have to buy it, you can just wait for the full game or play the free GTHD demo.

Btw. it was never said by any Sony or Polyphony rep that it would be free. I've heard the rumors but those were made up and also debunked by Sony.

Posted at 3:03PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Egster

12. "Anyway they have to make they're money somehow since the ps3 has no games to sell."

Do you think that repeating something long enough eventually makes it true?

Give me PS3 lineup *any day* over Wii's ridiculously pathetic lineup. At least PS3 has lots of really hot titles coming, unlike Wii (no, I couldn't care less about Mario and apart from Nintendo franchise there's nothing).

Posted at 3:03PM on Sep 21st 2007 by ouj

13. Whoever is planing on buying it now, where probably planning on burning it. Damn, why not just release the game now? Im hoping its a mistake or some good reason like the dualshock 3 is actually coming out this year bundled with GT5 Prologue, now that would be a good reason but DAMN!!

Posted at 3:12PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Ruben

14. In the past prologues have cost money, but now the difference is that the PS3 has networking capabilities. If Sony plays their cards right, they could offer an upgrade to the full game via the playstation store for those who bought prologue. So let's say Prologue sells for $40 in the US. They could easily sell the upgrade for $20. It might be a pipe dream, but maybe if someone puts the idea to Sony it could happen.

Posted at 3:13PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Zsoldier

15. This is clearly an inflammatory and inaccurate title. Maybe this article should be on Joystiq. As already pointed out, the Prologues have never been free and Sony never said it would be and anyone who has played this series extensively knows that with 5 tracks and 40 cars there will be tons of gameplay here.

It's also pretty sad when the author can't even include this information in the article-- but then he would have to take out all those references to demo, wouldn't he? And then it wouldn't be inflammatory.

Not sure what the point of this article is. I'll be putting my money down on the Blu-Ray version, 1st day, with no problem.

Posted at 3:14PM on Sep 21st 2007 by John

16. Oh god more FUD to spread around for the Xbots. It;s like people have selective memory this generation. Maybe the PS2 had so many games, it was hard to keep track but I remember prologue being like an expansion pack but you don't need to buy the game to play it. Its not a demo since a demo would be a sample of a product while prologue is a different product entirely.

I'm dissapointed in you Andrew, I'd expect this from Joystiq but not you.

Posted at 3:19PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Akamaru

17. It's worth the money at lest two times over, we're already getting plenty of free stuff as it is.

They said at some presentation that it's taken an average 6(!) months to model each car. I'm suprised the prolouge is this cheap.

Posted at 3:22PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Lav

18. Andrew Loon strikes again!!!

"I smell a microsoft viral spy"

Posted at 3:29PM on Sep 21st 2007 by TheSh0wstopper

19. You know I thought they said they were going to try a digital release of the whole game at one time maybe this will be it. Prologue as a starter and more to come in the future so that you can get the game now and the addons regularly eventually making it the full featured game or a every evolving game and maybe later on in its life they release a compilation a full version if you will.

Posted at 3:33PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Konchu

20. plS, ill be spending the 60$ on the final game and just wait it out, 40$ for a demo is a little crazy.

Posted at 3:33PM on Sep 21st 2007 by kATANA

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