WMMT5DX New Course Info: Hanshin Expressway No.3 Harbor Road

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The Japanese teaser site for the upcoming WMMT5DX was updated today to show off a nice logo redesign, and two screenshots of an upcoming course; “Hanshin Expressway No.3 Harbor Road”.

Don’t be fooled by the name, this is not an extension of the current Hanshin Expressway in the heart of Osaka. This new course is roughly 30km away, and runs through to Kobe Port in the Hyogo prefecture.

Using the 2 screenshots on the teaser site I was able to locate the stretch of highway that the new course would be based on.
Screenshot WMMT5DX Kobe Tower Kawasaki World
The first one was pretty simple to find due to the well known Kobe landmarks shown in the screenshot.
Kobe Tower near Hamate Bypass
This highway is ‘Hamate Bypass‘ that runs alongside Kobe Port which features Kobe Tower, Kawasaki world, Kobe Harbor Land Ferris Wheel in the background, and well known hotels. On the right hand side of the screenshot we get a small look at what looks to be a giant fish with scales. Although obscured in the screenshot, this is actually ‘Cafe Fish!’ A harborside seafood restaurant.
Screenshot WMMT5DX Kobe Bridge
The second screenshot was a little harder due to a lack of landmarks.
Kobe Ohashi Bridge Screenshot Streetview
This is Kobe Ohashi Bridge that runs over Osaka Bay and the Ishiyagawa estuary about 6 kilometres away from the first screenshot. It’s on the same connected highway before reaching the bypass.
Harbour Road 3This road is called Kowan Kansen road or Harbor Road, which is the stretch of toll road that links Kobe Port and surrounding areas to the Hanshin Expressway No.3 toll road that runs alongside it.
Ground Level Offramp
A bit further up from the Hamate Bypass screenshot, we are lead to an offramp and drive on ground level. There are very few times in WMMT that you drive anywhere near ground level, so this is pretty interesting.
Osaka Kobe Tollbooth Killspot
A few kilometres ahead of Kobe Ohashi Bridge we get to this nightmare of a tollbooth right at the exit of a corner! If this makes it into the final course, this will be an absolutely prime kill spot for ramming.
Plotted Path Kobe Facing North
For your reference, here is an overhead map with the points of interest I’ve covered below. The entire stretch of Harbor Highway is about 10.8km.
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While not exactly the same as the real road, it’s fairly true to life. The developers have always changed small parts of a map to make it more visually interesting and more challenging to drive. According to the teaser site, there is still one more update on WMMT5DX to be posted. I wonder what they’ll reveal next?

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5 thoughts on “WMMT5DX New Course Info: Hanshin Expressway No.3 Harbor Road

  1. fergus

    is the wmmt5dx update just for japan version or its for international versions as well? cuz i saw the first trailer, they are adding the new cars which the international version already have it in wmmt5. do you know any about it? or the wmmt5dx update for international version would have other features?

    • Myth✰

      Hello. If I actually had the power to do that, I probably would. But just to clarify, I do not work for Bandai Namco Entertainment, nor do I have any insider knowledge.

    • Myth✰

      I’m not entirely sure. I have no idea how long the course is exactly. I just found where the two screenshots were taken and looked at the surrounding roads. More than likely it’ll loop around somehow onto the Hanshin Expressway No.3.

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