In an interview published today on the official Forza Motorsport 4 website
, Turn 10's creative director, Dan Greenawalt, conceded that there would be no Porsches available in their upcoming title.
Greenawalt went on to explain that the Porsche license had been available only through a sub-licensing deal with EA. In the past EA had permitted the use of the license to the franchise, and the license was well used, for example, Forza Motorsport 3
featured over 35 different Porsche cars.
However, despite the best efforts of the Turn 10 team, who over the last 18 months had "frequently and repeatedly" asked EA to reconsider their position, no compromise could be reached, and to quote Greenawalt, "EA couldn’t see their way towards collaborating again."
The creative director summed up his feelings in the first words of the interview, stating simply and honestly, "This kills me."
However, it's not all bad news. Greenawalt revealed that there would be three RUF Porsches available in the game. RUF are considered a manufacturer in their own right who, according to their own website, "manufacture new RUF automobiles from a bare chassis", specializing in Porsches.
Unfortunately, no reason was given for the lack of collaboration. Optimists may well hope for the possibility of a Porsche Pack DLC in the future, but if 18 months of negotiations have already failed, it's difficult to see anything changing.
Personally, as a lifelong Porsche fan, I am also bitterly disappointed. Le Mans without a Porsche is just not the same. I guess it's back to Forza Motorsport 3
for that experience.
As Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson might say, "So there you have it. No official Porsches, at all, in Forza Motorsport 4
, and on that bombshell ..."Forza Motorsport 4
will be released on October 11th, 2011 in North America, October 14th, 2011 in Europe, and October 20th, 2011 in other territories.