Gran Turismo Sport will also feature the 2016 911 GT3 RS.
Console racers have long desired a bit of rear-engined boxer love for their digital tracks. Now that Porsche’s exclusive license with EA Games has expired, sim racers can expect to see much more from Stuttgart, starting with a new Porsche Car Pack for Forza Horizon 3 that’s available right now. This is just the beginning of a six-year partnership between the automaker and Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios that also includes a sponsorship debut in Forza Racing Championship Season 3: The Porsche Cup.
“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, in an announcement from Turn 10 Studios. “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”.
Sony also says that Porsche will be joining the ranks for the Gran Turismo series, though details are very slim on what kind of arrangement is in place or what to expect for the future. In an email to Motor1, a Sony spokesman confirmed the 2016 911 GT3 RS would be available for Gran Turismo Sport. Thus far it’s the only Porsche we know of for the Playstation's premier racing title.
With seven modern and iconic classics to choose from, however, the new Porsche car pack for Forza Horizon 3 doesn’t disappoint. Players can virtually drive a 1960 718 RS 60, 1955 550A Spyder, 1995 911 GT2, 1973 911 Carrera RS, 2017 Panamera Turbo, 2016 Cayman GT4, and the same 2016 911 GT3 RS you'll find in Gran Turismo Sport.
Sim racers in the Forza world have had some taste of Porsche in the past through car packs, but due to the licensing with EA Games the offerings were limited. Still, that’s better than the Gran Turismo faithful who’ve only been able to choose from a thin offering of Ruf models over the years. Moving forward it sounds like Microsoft has the better deal in place for Porsche fans, but we’re just happy to see the manufacturer finally represented in both major racing titles.
Source: Turn 10 Studios, Sony