Some whizzkids have been browsing the code for the fairly old Gran Turismo 5 and found that the game contains a large number of tracks from previous games, including Gran Turismo PSP, Gran Turismo 3, and even the original Gran Turismo.
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The tracks are unfinished and use the graphics from the older games, but they can be played if you hack into the code. Contact GTPlanet to explain how this was achieved.
We call the method of experiencing these tracks … “unofficial”. To get to the point, the game has to be fooled into loading a track when it is actually loading one of the hidden circuits. As the GT5 online servers were shut down years ago, it won’t harm any gamer, but it does allow fans to experience old tracks with cars they’ve never seen before.
Uncovered tracks including Pikes Peak, Complex String and Seattle Circuit, a video of a ride around this track is shown below.
Next to the tracks, another discovery was made and it’s very strange – wedding cars. The GT5 cars were decorated with ribbons and flowers and ready to take the bride to church.
Also pictured is the DB9 Volante, which was found in the code but was never released as part of the game.
There seems to be a logical reason for the old tracks; Gran Turismo 5 was originally founded as Gran Turismo 4 HD, making it one of the first HD remakes. At some point, however, it was decided to make a “new” game, but they kept much of the old data by dividing the cars into two tiers, Premium and Standard. Premium cars were made for the new game, standard cars were upgrades from previous games.
It seems the plan was to do something similar to the tracks, but in the end Polyphony Digital abandoned that idea but left the code in the game.
You can read our review of Gran Turismo 5 and the 174 comments (!) Here.
Source: GT Planet
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