Porsche Comes To Forza And Gran Turismo
Porsche and Microsoft are set to collaborate more closely together following the announcement of a six-year partnership covering electronic gaming. The move means that in future Porsche sports cars will be more prominent in racing games such as Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon – music to the ears of gamers everywhere. Porsche hopes that the partnership will aid it in the growing area of ‘eSports’ – competitions where gamers compete in virtual contests. The move comes after Electronic Arts lost its long-running license with Porsche in 2016, in that past it meant that gamers wishing to race Porsches virtually suffered from slim pickings.
The starting point for this new partnership will be the Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC). Using as its basis the current Xbox racing game Forza Motorsport 6, which has included more than 20 Porsche vehicles since 2016, the 2017 ForzaRC season will include a motorsport championship dedicated to Porsche. Registration is open now. “By having Microsoft as our partner, we have the opportunity to take the pleasure of driving a Porsche and making it an experience in the virtual world”, said Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “Racing games and eSports connect the real and virtual worlds and enable us to gain further access to the young target group. It means that they can develop a passion for Porsche even before buying their first sports car.”
A new and exclusive Porsche package for the Forza Horizon 3 kicks off the collaboration, available to download now. The package contains seven current and historical Porsches, including the 550A Spyder, 718 RS 60 Spyder, and the Carrera RS 2.7. More modern cars available include the 993 GT2, Cayman GT4 and 991 GT3 RS, as well as the new Panamera Turbo.
Porsche Comes To Gran Turismo
Porsche will also, for the first time, appear in Sony’s Gran Turismo racing game, it will happen in the forthcoming offering, Gran Turismo Sport. It’s the first time in around 20 years that genuine Porsche cars will appear in the game, up until this point only RUF versions were available.
The addition has been opened up after Electronic Arts lost its license to replicate Porsche cars in racing games, the firm had largely kept a stranglehold on Porsches appearing in the virtual racing world. It is unclear at this time which Porsche vehicles will appear in GT Sport, but via in-built and downloadable content it is expected to be several.
Gran Turismo Sport, which will only be available on PlayStation 4, is due for release in late 2017.