I vaguely remember seeing a reference to there being a banjo in the upcoming release of GPO with the ARIA player. If it is to be included, I'm wondering if it will have scripting that lets it "strum" a chord like Real Guitar. It seems to me that, since this technology has been around for a while (and is part of Kontakt) that it makes sense for any instrument that is normally strummed to include it. But I am unfamiliar with the ARIA player and don't know if it is possible in that format.
Yes, I know the banjo is also used to pick out individual notes, probably more so than the guitar. But I all ready have quite a few banjo VIs that play only this way and I am hoping that, if a banjo is included in GPO, that it will be able to emulate strumming.
And, yes, I know that you can simulate strumming by playing fast arpeggios on a keyboard - but I don't think the banjo notes are laid out the same way, so I wouldn't expect it to sound the same. Real Guitar translates my keyboard chords into the way they would sound on a guitar and it seems more authentic to me than trying to fake strumming with, say, one of the guitar instruments that ships with K2.
Also, if it isn't too late to vote on instruments that I'd like to see in GPO are saxes - at least an alto and tenor solo. (I have saxes in JABB, but they are of limited usefulness for classical sounding pieces). I would also hope it includes a mandolin. I realize that these instruments are not commonly thought of as being part of the orchestra, but in the musical theater they are all quite common. (And banjo should have been part of JABB, too. There is so much early jazz that uses it.)