Ever since the fourth instalment of the Forza Motorsport franchise for the XBox, there has been one notable, glaring omission from the series: Porsche.
Some time after its initial release, Forza Motorsport 4 did add a $20 downloadable content (DLC) package which brought the German marque back into the series, but similar DLC was conspicuously absent from both Forza Motorsport 5, and the first Forza Horizon game.
Finally, a DLC package available today for Forza Horizon 2 reintroduces Zuffenhausen’s finest to the Forza universe. Autoblog reports that the expansion costs just $10 this time, and brings with it 10 staples of the Porsche brand – plus 20 new events and 15 additional achievements.
True, that cost might be considered unjust, figuring that cars from every other major automaker are, you know, built into the cost of the game. But we won’t complain. In addition to Forza Horizon 2, the performance sportscar brand will reportedly feature in Forza Motorsport 6 – though we’re not sure whether that inclusion will be out-of-the-box, or will come along later as DLC as in this game.
Autoblog reports that the Forza Horizon 2 expansion will feature the following 10 models:
- 1970 Porsche 914/6
- 1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3
- 1987 Porsche 959
- 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo
- 2003 Porsche Carrera GT
- 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (Type-997)
- 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S (Type-991)
- 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
- 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS
- 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo
At the heart of why Porsche disappeared from the Forza universe in the first place is game developer Electronic Arts, Inc., which holds exclusive rights to licensing Porsche designs and nameplates to other developers. Thus, the Forza series – which is made not by EA, but by Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studio – was blocked from including the marque in its more recent releases.
Even this DLC package for Forza Horizon 2 required some diplomacy.
The 10 Porsche models listed above, as well as those other downloadable goodies, will be available starting today through the XBox Games Store.