Kunos Secures Porsche DLC for Assetto Corsa, Arrives Autumn 2016

Talk about being taken by surprise. While Kunos Simulazioni, the brains behind the critically-acclaimed Assetto Corsa, may not have made the buzz at this year’s E3 that many were perhaps expecting, the small Italian studio, alongside publisher 505 Games, have made their mark elsewhere, having just announced a partnership no one was expecting.

The team have been teasing today, June 17th, for the past several days and we now know why: Porsche is coming to Assetto Corsa on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms later this fall. The partnership with the German marque brand will result in two DLC packs including the most iconic machines manufactured by the brand.

Marco Massarutto, Executive and Licensing Manager at Kunos, had some interesting words to share about the partnership:

“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 responsibility 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.”

Porsche is coming to Assetto Corsa. Yes, please!

After the console release was hit with its second delay, moving the title to a late August release, this news is sure to make things just a little better. As many already know, when the racer lands on consoles it will run at 1080p on the PS4, while the Xbox One version will have to sacrifice resolution at 900p, and both versions will run at a smooth 60fps.

It’s worth making a note that the only other console racer to feature the German brand before today’s announcement is Forza Motorsport 6, with Turn 10 releasing their own expansion pack more than three months ago. Is this possibly an indication that the brand will be coming to other racing titles sooner rather than later?

When the acclaimed racer debuts on consoles, racers can expect all DLC previously released for PC players to be included in the game, including the recently released Japanese Car Pack.

Assetto Corsa comes to consoles on August 26th in Europe, and August 30th in North America.

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Comments (95)

  1. dualshock

    I truly hope that Porsche becomes available for anyone again (can’t see why it wasn’t in the first place though) and if the pack has all those cars in the video then it is truly amazing….If it’s just another 20 911’s that I already have then I don’t see what all the fuss is about to be honest

    1. Johnnypenso

      We already have some hints that it’s a mix of classic and modern race and street cars including some of the most iconic cars Porsche has ever built. I’m hoping they throw in a 928 and/or a Panamera and/or a Cayenne just to mix things up a bit. Maybe even one of the 914 or 924 or 928 just for laughs.

  2. TX Executioner

    Does anyone know if they have any plans to add Le Mans in the future? I know that there is a mod for pc but that doesn’t help us lowly console users.

  3. Lambob

    Having had AC on PC since early access, news of this DLC is overwhelmingly mindblowing. I just took a dump and during the entire time thought about all the time spent lapping the ring since GT5 , now I will do it with more finesse and will pickup the PS4 finally, no doubt.

    Thank you Kunos,

    p.s any word of the new & improved PS4.5 , will we see it by then? will Kunos code to have a better Sony VR experience with that console?

  4. Coquico

    Take my money! Despite being happy with project cars, i need no more reasons to buy assetto corsa!

    1. Johnnypenso

      Patrik Sander, creator of the outstanding Mazda 787B, has been working on a 962C mod for Assetto Corsa for more than a year. Given AC’s penchant for adopting high quality mods as official cars, I’d say there’s a very good chance you’ll see Patrik’s 962C in the game in the near future.

    2. brownninja97

      well considering sander’s 962c was in the trailer. trust me i recognise that model. Its in there.


    Saw the trailer earlier and I was just completely stunned. While not total Confirmation, This can only spell good news for the Sim racing world on all platforms. Also:

    “This Fall, Assetto Corsa will be the only multi-platform title to have the Porsche brand in a genuine racing simulation”

    Haha, the best burn I’ve ever read towards EA. Like I said somewhere else, I’m glad I can finally race Porsches without having to buy a cringe worthy racing title.

  6. GMW

    We might see Porshce in GT Sport at some point because in the quote above their Manager says “……will be the only multi-platform title….” So I would a sum this excludes single platform titles like GT Sport ???. Or so I would hope, lol!!

  7. Donnced

    Avanti Kunos, Avantiii! Amazing news! Let them come!

    Ferrari, lamborgini, porsche…. Not bad for a little Italian studio that got his main office in the Vallelunga race track!

    Can’t wait to go for my Assetto Corsa prestige Edition the 26th August!

  8. varmintx

    I’m quite perplexed by how they got a deal with Porsche when EA still holds an exclusive license with them, but hey, I’ll take it.

    1. Johnnypenso

      Assetto Corsa is the retail version of the game. Kunos also has something called AC Pro, a simulation that is available to manufacturers and teams for testing and other purposes. Kunos and Porsche have teamed up to use AC Pro to power the software at the Porsche Experience through various PE facilities worldwide. It’s possible the relationship with Porsche and the subsequent obtaining of the license sprung from that relationship.

    2. jamesst99

      I got ac pro at walmart, and my car runs nice and cool. I think you’re thinking of netkar pro Johnny!

    3. Johnnypenso

      My above hypothesis confirmed:

      “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 centres will push our team even more to provide the best Porsche virtual experience ever.

  9. panjandrum

    Wow. That is just fantastic news as far as I’m concerned. IMHO it would be great for AC to have a wider variety of Porsche vehicles than is usually included. I’m actually a big fan of low-powered racing: I love the emphasis it places on maintaining momentum and smoothness. So while it’s always been great to have the YB and some other RUF models widely available in various sims and games, I would really look forward to seeing something like the 356, 912, 914, 912E, and lower-powered 911 variants, not just the modern high-powered stuff (although I will also like that of course). Come to that, it would be at least interesting to see some of the front-engined Porsche models as well, as they too have a reputation for excellent handling.

    Speaking of which, when is AC going to get a wider variety of performance classics? That’s where my real-love is. I can’t wait to see an E-Type, and the Alpine A110, and the Stratos, and… and… and…

  10. stupidstormy36

    I had the game already pre-ordered, but this just makes the wait all that much better! I really do hope this is a great sign of things to come with the Porsche licensing.

  11. Whodoyouthink

    Fantastic news! I just hope the teaser is nudging that we really will get the cars used in the teaser, and just a measly Boxster, and then a random classic 911. We really need the 918, 919 LMP1, Carrera GT, 911 RS GT3, etc.

  12. ribloGT

    Assetto Corsa is somehow killing GTS before its launch?
    Proud to be a genuine simulation is clearly a low blow to the real driving simulator that is playing today with fake cars and tracks?

    Nevermind… Kunos did it again! Italians do it better!
    My money will get in Kunos wallet…

    Proud to be a genuine italian like Kunos :D

    1. Johnnypenso

      Kunos has a bit of a reputation for being jokesters and not always taking things too seriously. Witness the latest update notes(IIRC) that mentioned the introduction of a “simulation value” slider, which was a total joke in response to a certain website that is constantly whining about AC’s simulation value and various conspiracy/tinfoil hat theories in sim racing.

    2. ribloGT

      Kunos are italians (mostly) and italians like jokes…
      It’s our nature…
      And seeing Kunos joking about someone that clim to make “The REAL driving simulator” putting a lot of fake cars in the game it’s always a good joke… :P

  13. YZF

    There is one universal truth, as soon as you start deleting (valid) comments, it’s a sign that you are (and will be) going down. This strategic doesn’t work, never did, never will. If I am a customer, and the product is bad, deleting my comments will get you nowhere. And yes, if you earn from PD existence, then you are included too.

    1. nick98

      I don’t know what you’re trying to say with this comment that isn’t even relevant to the article.

  14. Johnnypenso

    Had to oull over into Tim Hortons to grab some WiFi and watch the trailer. I think my heart skipped a beat. This could go down in sim racing history as the greatest DLC package ever, certainly for anyone that is a Porsche fan like me.

  15. ralph89

    Just so everyone knows, EA still have the license for Porsche, but Kunos manage to get a special license for Porsche and probably won’t come to GTS/GT7 until EA lose it.

    1. brownninja97

      no microsoft brute forced it with money going to EA. kunos did well i dont know what it worked.

    2. jokuri89

      Assetto Corsa dev said this : “EA still has the rights up to 2016 or 2017 can’t remember. But Porsche has a special agreement with us.”

    3. Johnnypenso

      Thank you jokuri. Interesting. I wonder if anyone else will be able to establish a special agreement.

  16. KiroKai

    This is awesome! Amazing they managed to secure a deal, and with such an up to date line-up as well. Plus it shows the finger to PD.

    I like how in your article, NFS is no console racer. :p

    1. Michael Leary

      There’s an explanation for this, two in fact.

      1. I’d forgotten NFS 2015 was even a thing. No lie.
      2. It isn’t a simulator.

      Factuals aside, does it really count considering EA holds (held?) the license? :p

    1. ScotteDawg

      RUF is okay but there are many that are exclusive to Porsche, cars that were not worked on by RUF that would still kick RUF’s butt!

      RUF, AMG, HSV & FPV – all “in-house” tuning companies for already good cars…

      PD are yet to make any RUF a premium, yet they gave done the process with most AMG’s and Mercedes! Maybe they need Porsche in the game before they premiumise the RUF’s…

    2. BoneSawTX

      Someone you saw some where is full of crap, RUF is a licensed manufactur. Those aren’t Porsches.

    3. panjandrum

      The problem here is that RUF is considered a separate manufacturer, but they are clearly very-much Porsche-based. Less so now than in the past, but they still start with a Porsche base (even their suspensions on many of the older-ones were just “upgraded” versions of the stock Porsche suspension, I don’t know if the modern ones use fully-custom suspension or not. I don’t see why they would need to do so since Porsche is so good at this already). This leads to some confusion since they are often mistaken as a Porsche-tuning company, when in reality the cars they produce are RUFs, not Porsches. This differs from, say, AMG Black division cars.


      @BoneSawTX i think it wasn’t necessary to add dirt to your point when attempting to recorrect a mistake <:)

  17. GBalao888

    If the 918 Spyder is there, the hypercar holy trinity is reunited in video games once again since Forza Horizon 2 and Forza 6, and if the Cayman GT4 is there, I would be speechless.

    1. Whodoyouthink

      Plus, someone has already done a super professional job with the Koenigsegg One:1, so if we do get the 918, AC will truly be packed with modern day super cars!

  18. nick98

    Kunos Simulazioni just keeps impressing me more and more. These guys show no sign of stopping: if they keep going this way then Assetto Corsa’s launch on console will be a success, and maybe Playground Games may get to have Porsche in Forza Horizon 3 at launch unlike its predecessor. Nothing’s gonna change the fact that I’ll wait until I get my PC before jumping into the world of Assetto Corsa, though.


    1. brownninja97

      firstly call an ambulance because i dont wish harm upon you but if you look closely you can see the backside of a 917/30 there.

    2. Johnnypenso

      I have just read bits and pieces so far but it looks like they’re going to include a mixture of classic and modern cars.

  19. jus1029

    “Proud to be in a genuine simulation”

    Is it just me, or is that a slight burn towards EA, Slightly Mad Studios and Turn 10?

    1. Humungus

      And PD. Only because this is a Gran Turismo fan site doesn’t mean Polyphony Digital is exempt from burnings.

    2. Johnnypenso

      I’d guess, if it is a burn, Polyphony Digital is on fire as we speak since “simulator” is part of their tag line.

    3. eran0004

      @jus1029 @Humungus: Had he said that AC was the only genuine racing simulation, yes. But that’s not what he said. He said that AC will be the only multi-platform genuine racing simulation to feature Porsche. That doesn’t exclude Project Cars, Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo from being genuine racing simulators, the only game it excludes is Need For Speed, as that is the only game that meets the criterias of being multi-platform and featuring Porsche.

    4. Tenacious D

      Eh, I think they were giving a dig to everyone in the “console sim” crowd to encourage them to try Porsche in a real sim. And to my recollection, this is the first real sim on console, at least in ages.

      I guess it’s because Porsche is so unobtainium that people go ballistic when they learn that the marquis is in a game. It’s definitely nice, but RUF is a perfectly acceptable stand in. And will you “feel” any difference between a RUF and a Porsche? So waiting for word that the breed is out in the wild in more games before I get too excited.

      Will I get it? Ehh… maybe, if I can get AC to actually work right. But by that time, GT Sport will be right around the corner, so who knows.

    5. Johnnypenso

      Ruf is a perfectly acceptable stand in….lol. Yes, enjoy that Ruf 356, 904-6 GTS, 914, 944, 928, 550 RS Spyder, 904, 908, 917, 956/962, 935, Moby Dick…need I go on?

      Head over to the big AC Forum on GTPlanet. I’m sure they’ll be able to help you get AC working. More productive than continuing to whine about it in news items at least.

  20. ALB123

    Whether you refuse to give up Gran Turismo or not, you owe it to yourself to give Assetto Corsa a chance on your PS4. GTS is looking pretty awesome to me. I’m sure Gran Turismo fans are super psyched. They should be. Still, Assetto Corsa’s driving experience is so much better & realistic, especially if you have a steering wheel. Now, with a bunch of Porsche cars available exclusively for AC players, give it a shot. You won’t regret it.

    1. sangdude82

      I’m one of those people who are getting the GT Sport because it’s a ‘GT’ title. The 2 games that I’m looking forward to get are Assetto Corsa on PS4 & FH3.

  21. infamousphil

    Porsches for Playstation!?

    … lightning bolts crack the dark sky accompanied by furious pounding thunder
    l fall to my weakened knees
    this caint be happening, it’snot possible

    duh Doh DAAAHHH

    I’ll never have to consider buying a MicroSoft console again

    1. SavageEvil

      Did they lose that exclusive gateway license that Porsche let them control? Perhaps VW/AG came in and made some decisions on that idiotic license to something that would get Porsche into more games and seen by more eyeballs. I’m wondering if PD have Porsche as well and are holding it back for last minute surprise? That would be awesome to see Porsche in GT Sport.

    2. ScotteDawg

      We can only hope it’ll be in GT Sport, but I have a feeling we may have to wait until GT7…

      Either way, I’m pretty sure (fingers crossed) it will come to the Gran Turismo franchise! It might even be in DLC form for GT Sport – who knows?

      Things are looking up for the GT faithful.

  22. Eunosthedeer

    I was on the fence as to wether or not I would by AC for Console, but this is definitely making me consider it more :)

  23. MrWaflz55

    Looks like I have more dlc to buy after getting assetto corsa for PS4, then I need to buy GT Sport, I just got the GOTY edition for project cars too!

    Ouch, my wallet.

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