Since its release on Xbox One last week, much discussion surrounds the Forza Horizon 3 demo, its stunning visuals, energetic presentation, dynamic environment … and, yes, the credits.
Licensing of auto manufacturers and their respective vehicle models is a make-or-break moment for video game content. Without a license, brands from Audi to Zagato, and all others in between, would not be possible in the virtual world. Case in point: the German automaker Volkswagen has already been ruled out from Forza Horizon 3, with Turn 10 Studios’ community manager citing an inability to “align fans’ desires with the interests of [VW’s] licensor.”
So, it comes as a bit of a surprise when a scan through the demo’s credits (accessible via the pause menu) reveals some presumable partners not already announced for September’s open-world racer from British developer Playground Games.
Of those finds is RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF (RWB) — a Japan-based tuner synonymous with the Porsche 911 — alongside a number of other worthwhile mentions. GTPlanet has captured the licensing portion of the game’s acknowledgements for our readers’ review. Roll credits:
Porsche’s exclusion from the list of licensed trademarks (despite being spotted very briefly on screen at E3 last June) is leading gamers to speculate on RWB’s involvement with Forza Horizon 3. It is entirely possible, however, that the demo’s version of the credits is not indicative of the game’s final build (including all downloadable content) or that RWB is involved in some other fashion unrelated to the presence of their Porsche body kits.
In addition to RWB, here are a few more notable names found in the licensing rundown:
- Arctic Trucks – Icelandic aftermarket 4×4 truck tuner
- International Truck Intellectual Property Company LLC – licensor of International, Scout, and International Harvester trademarks
- Morgan Motor Company Limited – vehicle manufacturer, last seen in the franchise’s Forza Motorsport 4 (2011)
- GTA Spano – Spanish supercar never before featured in the Forza franchise
- Scion – Toyota vehicle brand with no confirmed cars in Forza Horizon 3, as of yet
- Zenvo – Danish supercar manufacturer never before featured in the Forza franchise
- Novitec Rosso – German Ferrari tuner, never before featured in the Forza franchise
How each of these licensed by Microsoft brands will or will not used in Forza Horizon 3 should be made clearer in the coming months; check back to GTPlanet for the very latest updates.
Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One and PC launches worldwide Sept. 27 with early access opening up to public this Friday (Sept. 23) for those who have pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition.
Feature image courtesy of ClydeYellow.
International Harvester Trademarks? I am so unexpectedly ready for Forza Horizon Farming Simulator 2017.
I just wanna play some GTSport already. I bought ProjectCars, AssettoCorsa, and GTAV for my PS4 but only turned it on about 10 times since I bought the PS4. Still playing GT6. Just venting. Sure my fellow GT fans get me.
Yes we do Project car feels like gt2 disk 2 simulation mode. AssettoCorsa is fun but controllers feel funny and not enough tune….I’m thinking about crossing over to the dark side…Xbox 1
If you’re thinking about crossing over, I think you should do it. I was in the same place and finally got an Xbox One and Forza 6 a few months back and it’s by far the best racing game I’ve played in 10 years, way better than any GT release on the PS3. I’ve hung onto GT for so long but honestly GT5 and GT6 pale so much in comparison to FM6, and GTS looks very much the same game as those PS3 releases unfortunately. I’ve been so sick of waiting for GT games for several years and, when they finally do release, how underwhelming they are. This way all my eggs are not in PD’s basket and that’s so much for the better.
I’ll probably still get a PS4 sometime, but for sure not just for GTS, but I have no regrets whatsoever about getting an Xbox One for Forza 6 alone. I also got Forza Horizon 2 which is a great game as well although a very different style, and I’m looking forward to picking up FH3 probably later this year. Come over to the dark side; you won’t regret it. I’ve always been a huge GT fan all my life, but getting an Xbox One and jumping on the Forza wagon was one of the best gaming decisions I’ve ever made.
Interesting that they added Scion even though Toyota pulled the plug on them.
Not so much. Theres plenty of cars in the game that arent being made anymore.
Yeah, there are lots of “orphan” brands already confirmed:
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