(very loosely interpreted info, I may miss something so a proper translation would be nice :))
- July 26th
- Up to 8 players per hole
- Because your avatar will be on the hole, you can distract opponents taking their shots (Sounds like a griefing recipe for disaster :/ )
- Lobby size 50 people
- Online stuff largely based on Mingol Online
- Shigeki Maruyama playable as a golfer and as a caddy
- 6 Courses
(If you thought virtual characters looked freakish in HSG5, just see the one they modelled on a pro golfer)
They only announced 3 of the 6 courses so far:
Iris Field Country Club (from the demo)
Chiyu(?) and others Sea Golf Resort
Great Safari Country Club
1UP also have an article about the Famitsu magazine details:
The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu has revealed some details on the online features of Hot Shots Golf 5 for the PS3.
The online lobby will hold up to 50 players, and each player can customize their avatars from a set of characters and items such as golf clothing and gears. The online service will be available free of charge from day one of its release in Japan.
According to producer Daisaku Ikejiri, the number of playable characters and courses will be closer to that of Hot Shots Golf 3. There will only be 14 playable characters in Hot Shots Golf 5, including Japanese professional golfer Shigeki Maruyama. It is not yet known if the same characters will feature in the North American version of the game, but considering the previous releases, we may expect to see some changes.
Hot Shot Golf 5 for the PlayStation 3 is scheduled for a July 26 release in Japan. A North American release date is yet to be announced.