Porsche finally returns to Forza Motorsport 4
- Turn 10 Studios
- Forza Motorsport 4
Here's an announcement that's sure to make Forza fans everywhere rejoice in harmony...wait for it...Porsche is finally returning to Forza! Eat that EA.
The omission of Porsche has been one of the most talked about setbacks in Forza Motorsport 4 after EA rejected a collaboration, despite Porsche appearing in Forza Motorsport 3. It's an issue that is an especially sore subject for Turn 10 - "This kills me" Director Dan Greenawalt previously exclaimed as he yearned over their loss in a revealing blog post.
Mercifully, it now finally seems that Turn 10's bitter licensing feud with EA has finally come to an end. That or their long-running licensing agreement with Porsche ran out, paving the way for their rightful return in Forza Motorsport. We got our hopes up when the impossible-to-pronounce-Pagani Huayra mysteriously weaved its way past EA’s exclusivity barriers into the January DLC pack, but we honestly never thought we’d see the day.
It’s all part of a new Porsche expansion pack, scheduled for release on May 22nd for 160 Microsoft points. 30 prestigious Porsches will grace the pack, delivering an eclectic mix of both classic and contemporary models, although only 7 will be new to Forza Motorsport 4. The posted screenshots confirm the return of the 2010 Porsche Boxster S and 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic, but you can expect a sizeable portion of Porsches to be lifted from Forza Motorsport 3’s collection, which you can gawp at over on the Internet Games Car Database.
In addition, 20 Porsche-centric events will be available along with the opportunity to bag 250 extra Game points in 10 new achievements.
Coupled with the 6 announced monthly DLC packs, the addition of the Porsche expansion brings the total car count in Forza Motorsport 4 to 688 once they have all been released, although there could still be more content further down the road. We didn’t think Forza's comprehensive car catalogue could possibly get any better, but this surprise return of an old German friend is the best news fans could have hoped for.
If EA’s exclusive licensing agreement with Porsche has indeed run out, then this surely spells good news for future driving games - imagine a world where developers no longer have to resort to shoehorning in RUF's as a substitute...
Words by Martin Bigg (Twitter: @drivinggamespro)
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