Upcoming PS4 racer Gran Turismo Sport will boast a roster of Porsche cars thanks to a change in the manufacturer’s licensing situation.
Sony has now officially confirmed the inclusion via Twitter.
Sony has also offered US gamers the chance to sign up for the game’s upcoming closed beta. Applications can be submitted here.
GT Sport, which will be exclusive to PS4 and support PSVR, focuses on online competition. The winners of the two-year long championship will be crowned via a real-life ceremony featuring some big names from real life motorsport.
The long-running agreement between EA and sports car manufacturer Porsche seemed to come to an end late last year.
For several years Porsche has been largely missing from the rosters of the market’s largest racing games – that’s why you tend to often see cars from German company RUF, which bases its models on unmarked Porsche chassis.
However, Porsche branded entertainment manager Sebastian Hornung said the following via a translation when asked about Porsche’s appearance in recent racing sim Assetto Corsa last December:
“[Porsche] were always following what was going on in the gaming industry aside from EA. The license with EA runs out this year, because together they arrived at the realization that the current situation was not desirable anymore.
“The relationship also with other game developers will change after 10 years of absence from pure simulations there is a desire to diversify what is being offered.”
There have been exceptions to the rule over the years despite EA’s agreement, however, such as with Forza Motorsport 3 and the Porsche DLC for Forza Horizon 2, but Need for Speed has been the only series to consistently feature the brand.
Way back in 2011 Turn 10’s Dan Greenawalt confirmed that effort had been made to secure Porsche for Forza 4, but that EA had ultimately blocked the move.