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Gran Turismo 5 DLC being pulled from the store in April

Saturday, 22nd February 2014 18:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Gran Turismo 5 DLC will be removed from the PS Store next month, Sony has announced.

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According to a post on the European Gran Turismo website, the pull date will be April 30 – a month before the multiplayer servers are taken offline.

Sony noted that some DLC will be available to re-download should a user delete the GT5 Save Data, but some will not be able to be re-installed.

There include the Racing Car Pack, Course Pack, Family Upgrade and others.

Regarding Gran Turismo TV, distribution of all programs within Gran Turismo 5 will cease on March 14. Programs which have been purchased will be available for viewing and downloading during the availability period. All programs after this date will not be available except the opening and the ending movies.

As previously mentioned, online services for Gran Turismo 5, including Online Lobby, Seasonal Events, Museum, News, Community, Remote Race, Log in Bonus, Online Dealership and DLC purchase, will no longer be available after May 30.

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4 Comments

  1. slk486

    Download-only future ftw.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. TheWulf

    Well, that’s another strike against closed platforms, honestly. If it were an open platform, then people could easily hack their way around the DRM and just have the content they paid for anyway. The fact that this is impossible should make closed platforms incredibly undesirable, especially when it’s obvious that businesses are going to do this.

    So, do you pick the platform where you can crack your downloads, counting on this probability, or the one where you can’t? Why people are still buying consoles is beyond me, but I think it’s the whole thing where they’re conditioned to believe that PCs are hard to use, that they’d never be smart enough to understand them, and that PCs are meant for a desk. All of which is, of course, completely false.

    I hope that someone breaks into the market with an open platform-based console PC, and has the marketing cloud to undo this brainwashing. If people are anything, it’s easily brainwashed. Man oh man are humans easily brainwashed. It keeps coming up, like with the whole Star Citizen thing and how people just keep buying into it without any good evidence to prove they’ll ever see an actual product come of it. And they keep just giving them money.

    It’s as amazing as it is ludicrous and unbelievable.

    The first step to being able to counter brainwashing is, of course, being able to ask yourself questions. Which most seem unable to do, or they lack the realisation that they can.

    Is this a rip off? Would I find better elsewhere?

    I don’t know, but it seems to have gotten worse in the past two decades. We’ve become so, so complacent. Like happy little herd animals. Give us some grass to graze on, and we’ll never question anything that’s done to us. And on many levels, that terrifies me and chills me to the bone, but I’m also not at all surprised. I can’t be surprised. I’m just desensitised.

    I want to feel surprised, I want to feel that this is shocking and repugnant, but I can only shrug. It’s so common. How often does the average human question what they do, what they think, why they think it, what they feel, and so on? The answer is: Not very, since most of them don’t even get this far.

    But I want people to.

    Though I feel that questions aren’t convenient, turning one’s brain off and being fed a steady stream of congealed entertainment is convenient. And I can’t deny that convenience will always, always win.

    Sigh. Humanity.

    You know how some people are gender queer? I’m kind of species queer in that I feel so alienated by my own species.

    @1

    Maybe. But it’s more of a vilification of closed platforms. If one has an open platform, then one can simply crack the software. Done. I don’t like it when my hardware is so completely locked down that I can’t do what I want with it. Including what I should be legally entitled to.

    This is even why I have a love/hate relationship with my 3DS. It’ll be much less ‘hate’ though when custom firmware happens and I can run homebrew on it. Frankly, I want a piece of homebrew to replace Notes.

    See, that’s just like this!

    Nintendo ripped the online capabilities out of Notes. Were this an open platform, that never could have happened. There would have been hacks or alternatives. But no, we just have to ‘deal with it’ because we don’t have the power to overturn it. And that annoys me. So I really hope that the system is cracked, soon, because as soon as it is I’m jumping on that bandwagon.

    So, yes, the long and short of it is that this only becomes an issue if we’re talking about closed platforms.

    Hopefully this will be the last generation of closed platform consoles.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. Hcw87

    Sony sure seems to be closing down lots of game-services lately. The Resistance series and GT5 isn’t exactly old, unknown games that you can just shut down without upsetting people.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Cobra951

    @2 (TheWulf): Insightful post. But I feel it’s more an indictment of a digital-only future than of closed platforms. Anything can be cracked, and nearly always is. Both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 have a “healthy” piracy community. It’s just not as universally widespread as the free-for-all PC. Should Sony abandon us substantially, we will find a way to preserve what rightly belongs to us already, on any platform.

    #4 6 months ago

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