Porsche Auto Group has, for some time, had an exclusive deal with Electronic Arts (EA Games) to use their vehicles in games like the Need for Speed series but in the past, EA was kind enough to let other developers use Porsche models in exchange for payment. However, when the folks at Turn 10 Studios (the designers behind the wheel of Forza Motorsports 4) finished designing some 35 Porsche models for use in Forza 4 and went to Electronic Arts to pay homage (and cash) for the usage of the vehicles in the new game – EA said no.
EA Games previously stuck to “arcade” racers like the older Need for Speed games but with their recent, successful attempts to insert themselves into the sim racer segment with Shift 2, Forza Motorsports 4 is in direct competition the EA Games racing series. Because of EA Games’ ventures into new portions of the racing game market it is no surprise that they are not allowing Forza 4 – as the biggest and arguably most successful simulator series of all time – to use the Porsche models. This gives EA’s racing simulators an advantage over Forza, especially to those who are clamoring to drive Porsches in their favorite racing games.
There is some relief for diehard Forza gamers who were looking forward to tearing around FM4’s virtual raceways in Stuttgart built sports cars, as the game will still featured Porsche models prepared by post-title supercar builder RUF. RUF has made an appearance in more than one game (such as older Gran Turismo versions) with the only Porsche models available for gameplay due to similar legal issues and while there will be only 3 RUF models compared to the 35 Porsches originally planned to appear in Forza 4.
While this is bad news for Porsche lovers who looked forward to driving their favorite German sports cars in Forza 4 but for the rest of the gaming world, the loss will be less severe as Turn 10 plans to include 35 different vehicles from various automakers to replace the vehicles lost from the inability to use the Porsche vehicles.
Recently, Turn 10 offered up a video of the making of Forza Motorsports 4 which you can check out below!
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Image source: The Turn 10 video shown above.