Remember when Porsche was — other than a few exceptions — limited to only Electronic Arts games? When we first broke the news that the EA exclusivity deal was done, we figured the Stuttgart sports cars would start cropping up in other titles, but few could have predicted the pace at which it’s now happening.
Just yesterday, Milestone unveiled its latest racing game, titled simply Gravel. Red Bull sat down with design head Irvin Zonca to discuss the new off-road racer, and while much of the interview touches on what we covered yesterday, it’s the car roster talk that proves most interesting:
“We basically have the finest selection of cars from the ‘70s to 2017, including Group B rally cars, American trophy trucks, cross-country vehicles, rallycross cars, Group S prototypes, some brand-new vehicles such as the 2017 Abarth 124 and legendary brands such as Ford, Lancia, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Renault, Chevrolet, BMW and many more. And let me show off a little bit; we also got Porsche! When they said “yes” after reading the game design documents, it felt like Christmas day.”
All told, the game will have over 50 vehicles across all disciplines. While Porsche may seem like an odd inclusion for an off-road game, the most-decorated manufacturer in motorsports has had success off the world’s circuits, with two wins at the daunting Dakar in the ’80s.
For those keeping score, Gravel joins an increasingly large list of titles carrying Porsche. Assetto Corsa, iRacing, Project CARS 2, Forza Motorsport 6 (and likely Horizon 3, eventually): the list of new or upcoming games that don’t feature the marque is getting smaller as the days go by.
With an expected summer release date, we’re sure it won’t be long before Milestone shows off some of the rally-ready Porsches it’s included in Gravel. Which models do you want to see?
Gravel is scheduled to launch summer 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms.