Ever since the first Gran Turismo game came out in 1997, it became an instant success. Thus, because of that success, the Gran Turismo series was able to spawn six more titles of the “real driving simulator”.
One of the reasons for its success is due to the vast amount vehicles that players could choose from. From the Asian, to the American and to the European region, the choice of manufacturers and vehicles were almost endless. However, there was one major German manufacturer that was always absent in the game, and that was Porsche.
Instead of having Porsche as a manufacturer, the developers behind Gran Turismo, Polyphony, used RUF instead. RUF, a manufacturer that offers models based on Porsche vehicles, was an okay substitute with their BTR, CTR, RGT and RCT vehicles. However, there are some enthusiast who still longed for actual standard Porsche vehicles in the game. Looks like their prayers have been heard, as Porsche will officially be coming to the seventh installment of “the real driving simulator”, Gran Turismo Sport.
As to why it took this long for Porsche to be included in the Gran Turismo series, Porsche initially had an exclusive licensing deal with Electronic Arts (EA Games) – the studio behind the Need for Speed franchise. Now that their contract has ended, Porsche can officially license models in their lineup for use in other racing games. At the moment, the only model available from Porsche in Gran Turismo Sport is the 911 GT3RS. Do expect more Porsche models to follow in updates or future expansions.
Gran Turismo Sport originally planned a release at the end of 2016, but as with most Gran Turismo games, the release was pushed back. Currently, there is no official release date, but there is a closed beta testing available for players to partake in. With the closed beta testing ongoing, expect the official release to be happening soon.