Open tracks, sunny skies and a great selection of cars to choose from always result in a decent driving game. And while there are plenty of us who will want to race around Forza 4 with a Bugatti Veyron or a Lamborghini Murcielago, you won’t be seeing the iconic shape of a Porsche car on the digital tracks any time soon, thanks to some heavy-handed EA policies.
“This kills me”Creative Director Dan Greenawalt said in an interview on forzamotorsport.net, which has since been removed.
“While Forza Motorsport 4 will feature RUF, it will not include Porsche cars. As many of you know, since the beginning of the Forza franchise, 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 EAâ€.
â€œFor 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.”
Greenwalt however, has been entirely diplomatic about the whole affair, and remains optimistic that the Forza franchise will once again feature Porsche vehicles in the future. “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 approachâ€.
“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 ecosystemâ€.
EA has made no comments yet about their decision, but it most likely has something to do with their own simulation racing game, Need For Speed: Shift, which they are trying to market as the dominant game in the genre, over Forza and Gran Turismo.
Greenwalt concluded the video with an apology, saying “I’m very sorry for all of thisâ€.
“Fans shouldn’t have to think about any of this, you should just be able to drive Porsches and Ferraris in the games you love. Porsche makes wonderful cars and I’m sorry that we won’t have them in Forza 4â€.
Is EA being selfish, or are they justified in their exotic vehicle hoarding approach? While one can understand that they want to make their franchise as special as possible, Gran Turismo and Forza have also proven that a racing game isn’t all about exclusive cars, while the Forza devs have also been remarkably calm and diplomatic about the current affair.
Last Updated: August 25, 2011