EA has blocked the inclusion of Porsches in Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport 4, the developer has revealed.
Creative director Dan Greenawalt said in an interview on the game’s official blog (via): “This kills me. While Forza Motorsport 4 will feature RUF, it will not include Porsche cars.
“In Forza 3, we were able to feature more than 35 different Porsche models by offering to collaborate with EA. For Forza 4, we were looking forward to adding even more Porsche cars. In the end, however, EA couldn’t see their way towards collaborating again.
“We’ve asked our contacts at EA to reconsider their position frequently and regularly over the last 18 months. We also reached out to various influential people in gaming to lobby on our behalf, and on your behalf, but that was to no avail.
It is believed that EA were unwilling to strike a deal due to the recent rise in popularity of their Need for Speed franchise thanks to both Hot Pursuit and Shift. “To make sure we tried everything,” Greenwalt continued, “we consulted with these advocates and were happy to find they were already aware of the situation and lobbying from within on behalf of Forza 4.
“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 approach.
“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 ecosystem.
It would seem like the developers are just as disappointed as fans surely will be, if not moreso. Greenawalt concluded: “I’m very sorry for all of this. 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 4.”
Forza 4 is on for an October 11 release in the US and October 14 in the EU, Porsche or no Porsche.