It started as a rumor, and now it’s evolved into something much bigger than we could ever imagine. Many sim racers once thought the elusive Porsche license to be nothing more than wishful thinking, a pipe dream reserved for a brighter and more prosperous future for sim racing. Yet late last week, Kunos dropped a bomb on the world by announcing they’d somehow manage to secure the rights to develop Porsche-branded content within Assetto Corsa, and merely days later, the plot continues to thicken. Ian Bell of Slightly Mad Studios has more or less confirmed that Porsche is also on the way for the next installment of Project CARS.
Previously, many sim racers believed that Assetto Corsa had struck a deal with the prestigious German automobile company, a belief enforced by Kunos Simulazioni staff member Aris Vasilakos bragging about a “special agreement” with the brand in a Facebook comment. This has now proven to be almost entirely incorrect – it’s not much of a special agreement at all when the head of your competitor’s studio basically comes out and says they’ll be getting Porsche as well.
The era of Electronic Arts exclusivity has officially ended. Expect the floodgates to open, and every team from iRacing to Sector 3 overwhelm sim racers with the exact same official announcements as one another regarding a Porsche license in the near future.