It’s said that cheats never prosper, but in this case they may have helped everyone benefit as widespread corner cutting in the second round of the GT Academy USA Round Two has led to postponement of Round 3 pending an update for Gran Turismo 5.
The second round featured time trials on Rome and Madrid, but the fact that corners could be skipped entirely, along with other examples of ‘wall-banging’ and abuse led to the times being discarded, and the competition restarting with Round 3, which was due to begin on February 14th, 2011.
However, the cheat may have stepped up the next Gran Turismo 5 update, as Kazunori Yamauchi has revealed it will come ‘mid-February’, and Round 3 has now been postponed until after the patch has been released.
Sony’s official response:
“Because of this we are effectively negating Round 2 of the competition, allowing EVERYONE who entered round 2 to automatically progress to Round 3. As notified before, we had changed the course for the event twice due to these issues, but we were unable to completely eliminate the problem.
“For this reason we are now working on an update that will help prevent this type of inappropriate driving. Because Round 3 must take place after the release of this update, the previously announced schedule of February 14, 2011 9:00AM is subject to change. The new schedule hereafter will be announced again at a later date.
“We send our sincere apologies to all participants of Round 2, for the repeated inconvenience and turmoil this may have caused. We are currently working hard to make the necessary adjustments to prepare a fair race environment for everyone, and ask for your patience until Round 3 of the competition is ready”
This follows two previous circuit changes due to corner cutting, as Round 2 originally featured the Indianpolis Motor Speedway Road Course, but due to cheating, this was switched to the Eifel, before the continued cheating led to the whole thing being scrapped!
Hopefully Round 3 will progress more smoothly!