There were going to be 35 Porsches in Forza Motorsport 4, but now there will be precisely zero. Kind of. In the video game world, some developers own the rights to a brand, and Electronic Arts owns the rights to have Porsche appear in any other game. When the Stuttgart brand appears in a non-EA game, it's because the other developer paid EA a licensing fee. That's what Turn 10 did with the previous Forza games and expected to do with FM4.

EA has other ideas, informing Turn 10 that it won't allow the rival developer to license any Porsches. That takes almost three dozen Stuttgart runners out of the controllers of enthusiasts around the world when FM4 launches in October. It has been suggested that EA is building a fence around its Shift and Need for Speed franchises.

The smackdown does not apply to RUFs, however, so there will be three fettled models that originated in Stuttgart and were finished in Pfaffenhausen. The other 35 cars will be replaced by various makes and models.


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      boostedbimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what kills gaming experiences, business decisions like this. Instead of gamers getting the fullest experience they can get from a top teir driving game, EA flexes their muscles and basically shuts the door on Turn 10. For what? To build a Porsche duopoly around their two driving franchises and have gamers fill EA's pockets instead of Turn 10 when they want to drive a polygon porsche? In the end, it's the gamers that get screwed, as always. Thumbs down EA
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      as much as i like EA...this is a shitty move.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Forza should bite back and licence all of the most famous racetracks and not let EA use them. EA is just jealous Shift won't hold a candle to Forza, so they hold all of the Porsches hostage. It's legally their right, but it's a dick move.
      Graham
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will never buy an EA game now.
        slip_angle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Graham
        It must suck to make a game called 'Porsche Unleashed' and then have other studios release titles that simulate Porsches 50x better as RUFs within 5 years...
        Gator
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Graham
        EA racing games suck anyway. EA us just jealous that Forza is 10x better than anything they have made.
      Critter
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a longtime Gran Turismo addict, I've always wondered what the true story behind the scandalous lack of Porsche was, and I sure as hell wasn't going to get any straight talk from the cross-translated cryptic nonsense Polyphony deals in. THANK YOU to this rival franchise for having the guts to call out EA and Porsche, who are BOTH EQUALLY RESPONSIBLE here. 1- EA for being greedy on an even higher level than money, refusing to even license the brand back out and 2- PORSCHE for making one of THE MOST BRAIN-DEAD SHORT-SIGHTED DEALS IN HISTORY by giving EA exclusive rights to their cars in video games for... how long has it has it been since Gran Turismo had to put in RUFs for example... A DECADE AND A HALF OR MORE?!?!?!?!?!? In the world of video games that is AN ETERNITY!!! THREE GENERATIONS OF CONSOLES with EA strangling the Porsche brand... an absolute mortal sin. Think of all the amazing Porsche racing history that could have been simulated like, or better than Ferrari's has been in that time. Sure they made "Porsche Unleashed"... FOR THE PS-ONE! If they made a sequel to that, like they keep doing for Hot Pursuit, this might satisfy the demand, maybe if it was done well. It's not even in the pipes. Disgrace. Utter fail. That's decades of total and abject failure due to one bad, BAAAAAAAAAD deal.
        ShutoSteve
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Critter
        I have Porsche's in my Wangan Midnight Game made by Genki on PS3. 3 Porsches, and one RUF in fact. So Genki must be doing something right.
      motang
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do what Sony does with GranTurismo, use RUF.
      deba94
      • 3 Years Ago
      Totally expected, EA did the same with Gran Turismo 5.
      SmoothMarx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't Porsche have ANY say in this? "Hey, I know you own the licensing rights dude, but cut them some slack. Who knows, that may favor you when our extension contract comes along..."
      Stevan Cartwright
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just emailed EA and I told them they could go f*** themselves and I wasn't buying the Run and they could go choke on the Ferraris I will be racing in Forza 4. Hahalol
        Kiiks
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stevan Cartwright
        What email address did you use? Could you share it with us, so we can voice our concerns as well?
          Hey
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kiiks
          I think flooding their facebook page will have the same effect, if not higher.
      increaseby1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just created an AOL mail just to say FU EA. I now hate you even more than before.
      Peter Burjanec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow EA is a bitch. I wonder how Porsche allowed them to take control of the brand in the digital world.
        Ray
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter Burjanec
        easily....EA paid them a crap-ton. money talks.
      Kiiks
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't buy any of EA's "racing" games because they sucked. Now, I won't buy them out of principle.
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