Undoubtedly one of the biggest car manufacturers on the planet, Porsche’s cars have noticeably been absent from most of most major car-centric video games. The reason behind this being their exclusive deal with EA the makers of the Need for Speed franchise. Luckily reports from GTPlanet claim that the deal expires after this year.
Previously you could only drive the glorious Porsche 911 on a Need for Speed title unless you had to some special dlc or mod. Now all that is set to change with Porsche partnering with Kunos Simulazioni to have the Pro version of their Assetto Corsa racing simulator at Porsche Experience Centers worldwide. In order to allow this Porsche silently let EA’s license expire since they weren’t quite satisfied with the current arrangement.
SpeedManiacs report as translated by GTPlanet:
According to Sebastian [Gerhart of SpeedManiacs] they were also always following what was going on in the gaming industry aside from EA. The license with EA runs out this year, because together they arrived at the realization that the current situation was not desirable anymore.
Porsche has seemingly admitted that not only are they no longer working with EA on games, it is unlikely that we will see any exclusive deals anytime in the near future either.
The relationship also with other game developers will change. After 10 years of absence from pure simulations there is a desire to diversify what is being offered.
So with the expiry of the deal the mass arrival of Porches in popular car games has already begun. Not limited to a 2015 expansion pack for Forza Horizon 2, Forza Horizon 3 menus and a 2016 release of Forza Motorsport 6, Porsches have also been teased in an upcoming Project CARS sequel. So fans who have been craving to get into a Porsche in their favorite car game may not have to wait much longer.
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