Why Porsche Cars May Start Appearing In More Video Games
- Author: Regina Holmes Dec 15, 2016,
Dec 15, 2016, 1:11
The only way other racing games could get Porsche cars was by signing a licensing deal with EA.
Polygon has reached out to Electronic Arts for comment on Hornung's remarks.
This is because the manufacturer had an exclusive contract with EA since 2000, which is coming to end this year.
Anybody who has ever played a racing game that isn't Need for Speed in the past 16 years will understand the frustration of not being able to drive cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo or Porsche Cayenne.
Ibrahimovic late strike seals Man United win over Palace
The first significant contribution from United goalkeeper David de Gea was a save at full stretch to turn McAthur's shot over. Ibrahimovic's late intervention ensured United left south London relieved rather than furious.
Considering how long EA held the exclusivity deal for, many have wondered why it didn't do more with the brand. No one is really sure why Porsche chose to do this, but it's not a big leap to assume the automaker did not foresee the sheer amount of potential advertising value video games would eventually come to offer, or predict that EA's racing games would have fallen so far behind the competition.
From next year then, official Porsche cars could potentially end up appearing in a wide range of famous racing games.
With Porsche being back on the market and prowling for a proper suitor, it will be interesting to see if Sony or Microsoft will attempt another exclusivity deal similar to Electronic Arts, or if they'll try to stay competitive by only licensing the vehicle brand when necessary and keeping it open for others to use as well.
The move has become a cause for celebration among Porsche fans who do not play EA games because they can now play their favorite games using their dream vehicle, the Porsche.
Though we've seen Porsche products in the past in games like Forza Horizon 2, and most recently Forza Motorsport 6, the cars were typically only available as an expansion pack (or wearing a RUF badge).