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According to the company’s news release, gamers using two models of Logicool steering wheels have experienced two problems: first, the accelerator doesn’t go to 100 percent, and second, after turning, the wheel cannot be returned to center (turning the controller wheel doesn’t affect the onscreen steering). Sony has invited gamers experiencing this problem to mail in their game discs for a replacement.
Logicool is the Japanese name for peripheral maker Logitech and the affected products are the GT Force and the GT Force Pro aftermarket steering wheels for the PS2. SCEJ is treating this issue as a software problem, so there is no indication at this point that these wheels will have problems with other games, or that U.S. market Logitech products will be affected. Moreover, SCEJ’s news release confirms that this bug does not affect standard Dual shock controllers.
The Prologue Edition will feature five courses--New York, the Grand Canyon, an Italian town, and Japan's Fuji Speedway and Tsukuba Circuit--which were seen in previous demos of Gran Turismo 4. The New York course will be centered on Times Square, while the Fuji Speedway will be a reproduction of the real course before it underwent massive remodeling. While the Tsukuba Circuit is well-known in Japan, this will be the first time that the course will be included in the GT series. About 50 cars will be selectable in the Prologue Edition which, while a vast selection for a racing game, is still small when considering that the final GT4 will feature over 500 vehicles.
While Gran Turismo 4: Prologue Edition is sure to attract hardcore fans, developer Polyphony Digital also hoping it will attract new players as well. Producer Kazunori Yamauchi commented that one of the difficulties in continuing the series was in trying to make each new release more new-player friendly while expanding the game' scope and complexity. The Gran Turismo 4: Prologue Edition features a new "Driving School" mode which will offer players lessons on how to steer and other rules of the road.
Although the Prologue Edition is only a sample of the full Gran Turismo 4, SCE emphasized that the title will be richly featured and worth more than a simple demo. Yamauchi commented that Gran Turismo 4: Prologue Edition has about the same volume as a normal racing game. Yamauchi also commented on the full edition of Gran Turismo 4. He talked about how the developers focused not only on the cars, but also the scenery surrounding the courses. (An example of the scenery can be seen in the Prologue edition of the Grand Canyon course, where the game recreates 25 miles of the landmark.) Another factor that the development team focused on was the characters in the game, such as the drivers, pit crews, and audience. In order to make the human movement more realistic, Gran Turismo 4 will use a physics engine similar to the one used to simulate the cars' movement in the game. The human engine program went under development five years ago and has finally reached a useable level, but Yamauchi said that it will take another 10 years for the engine to be perfected.