Aug 25, 2011

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Porsches Will Not be in Forza Motorsport 4

Porsches Will Not be in Forza Motorsport 4

Today via the official Forza Mortorsport site, Community Manager Brian Ekberg introduced Forza Motorsport 4: Under the Hood Part 1. Under the Hood will be a continuous blog giving gamers more information about the upcoming racing title along with answering questions some might have about the game. In Part 1, Brian addressed the question regarding Porsche cars in Forza 4, and the news isn’t good for Porsche fans.

“This kills me. While Forza Motorsport 4 will feature RUF, it will not include Porsche cars” Brian writes. “The Porsche license has been available only through a sub-licensing deal with EA. In Forza 3, we were able to feature more than 35 different Porsche models by offering to collaborate with EA. For Forza 4, we were looking forward to adding even more Porsche cars, and we were especially looking forward to featuring multiple Porsche experiences in our new Autovista mode. In the end, however, EA couldn’t see their way towards collaborating again.”

While EA has been willing to work out deals to include Porsches in previous Forza titles, the recent success of their Need for Speed titles probably had a little to do with their decision to not allow them in Forza 4. The Forza franchise has consistently released solid racing titles, some even feel that it is the best racing franchise in the market. Will the exclusion of Porsches hurt the upcoming title, probably not, but you are looking at 35+ less cars that were going to be in the game.

EA is definitely looking like the bad guy here and Brian isn’t really saying much to discredit that notion.

“While we respect EA’s need to run their business as they see fit, we’ve regularly collaborated in the past and hope we can find our way back to that approach. Forza had the exclusive license for all Ferrari cars, for example, on the Xbox and PC platforms. But at the end of the day, we’ve always found that we just weren’t willing to block other racing games from having Ferraris outright, as we believed that this would do nothing but hurt the racing ecosystem.”

Is EA going back to their old ways of putting the profit margin ahead of the games, maybe, but if they can market their NFS game as the only game to feature Porches, can we really blame them? EA has yet to respond to this situation but as soon as they do we’ll update you.