Porsche turns up (digitally) where you don’t expect it

Many racing games nowadays have Porsche on board, but other genres are also taking advantage of the Zuffenhausen brand. Cyberpunk 2077 can welcome a Porsche!

If you’ve played any racing game anywhere between 2000 and 2016, chances are you didn’t come across any Porsches in it. The cars were either skipped or replaced by RUFs, which are based on Porsches but are their own brand. They have their own trademark rights.

Exclusive

The reason for this is simple: EA, the maker of among others Need for Speed, had exclusive rights to Porsche. Rivals such as Forza or Gran Turismo could bring Porsche to their games, but with payment afterwards (paid DLC). The curtain fell on this exclusive deal in 2016 and the gate has been lifted ever since. Porsche returned to the then top version of Forza, Horizon 3, with about 30 cars, in addition to the 911 GT2 RS being unveiled together with the successor Forza Motorsport 7. Porsche is also back in Gran Turismo and ‘newcomers’ like The Crew 2 and Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown may also run with Porsche.

A Porsche 911 GT2 RS in Forza Horizon 4.

Porsche hobby

Enough Porsche hobby in modern games. The cars you can play with vary from the 356 to the latest 911 (992), with legends like the Carrera GT, 959 and 911 GT1 also added. One of the favorite cars that always returns, remains the early 911. And well, the 911 that came after. Especially as Turbo (930) an iconic model. It now appears in a game where we expected it less quickly. The upcoming and highly anticipated sci-fi stunner Cyberpunk 2077.

Cyberpunk

In principle, that is not a car game. It’s a science fiction role-playing game, according to its creators. You play a character à la Grand Theft Auto in a dystopian futuristic city. The game is published by CD Projekt Red.

For the gaming enthusiast, this good looking game is an important release, but the car fanatic is not completely skipped. It’s easy to skip the licensing rights for these types of games: too much hassle. But Porsche is apparently not the most difficult and you can take a seat in a car from Zuffenhausen in Cyberpunk 2077. It is – yes – a 930 Turbo.

Restomod

The car belongs to protagonist Johnny Silverhand, played and voiced by Keanu Reeves. It is a restomod. The classic lines of the 930 hide a car built to the standards of 2077. For example, just like the new iPhone 12, the car has LIDAR sensors to explore the environment and cameras instead of mirrors. The choice for the 911 was made because the developers are fans of the classic Porsche. And Porsche said yes. Jackpot!

Eye candy

The Porsche will look good in Cyberpunk 2077, a game that is of course pure eye candy on a PC. But the brand new Xbox Series X and S and PlayStation 5 are also ready for one of the coolest looking games of 2020. Finally, the game is also coming to Google Stadia, the new cloud-based console. You can play Cyberpunk 2077, including Porsche, on November 19th. If you don’t feel like buying Cyberpunk 2077 to see the Porsche 911 Turbo: a physical model of the CyberPorsche is on display in the Porsche Museum until October 22.

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