2016 seems to be the turnaround year for Porsche when it comes to branding in racing games. After long years of an exclusivity contract with Eletronic Arts, the manufacturer from Stuttgart was finally able to expand its reach to other titles, and Assetto Corsa will be one of them.
KUNOS Simulazioni staff announced last Friday (17) that Porsche will come with a good part of its history to the Italian racing simulator in two DLC packages for all platforms where Assetto Corsa is or will be present. There isn’t a confirmed list of models in the moment but we may expect classic machines like the 917K and the 911 GT1, as well some modern icons like the 918, the 911 RS and hope for models like the 911 GT3 Cup and the Le Mans winning 919 Hybrid, or at least is what the presentation video of the deal shows.
In fact Porsche was already present in another title this year as a pack became part of Forza Motorsport 6 on Xbox One, and eventually this can be played in a different perspective as Assetto Corsa will also be on Xbox One as well on Playstation 4, which release was delayed probably to add the items of the new packs or any other adjustments. To the PC sim racers, it was an eternal wait, as the last title with licensed Porsches was GTR2 from SimBin Studios, already a ten years old title but still with its legion of fans.
About the announcement, Marco Massarutto from KUNOS Simulazioni declared: “I can’t describe how proud we are about this partnership with Porsche, and how exciting it is to bring back the Brand in the simracing world. This Fall, Assetto Corsa will be the only multi-platform title to have the Porsche brand in a genuine racing simulation. The gamers, and our fans really want to have the chance to DRIVE the Porsche cars in a realistic manner. it’s a privilege, and a big responsability for us. We are working closely with Porsche with the aim to reproduce each single model with the maximum accuracy, and the fact that the same simulation will be used at Porsche race centers will push our team even more to provide the best Porsche virtual experience ever.”
While no certain date was given, the release of the Porsche DLC pack was confirmed to this Autumn.