Porsche has always been conspicuous by its absence in many racing game franchises, but that changes this week in Forza Horizon 2 with the new Porsche Expansion Pack DLC, which adds 10 of Stuttgart’s best cars to the open-world racer set in southern Europe.

The DLC includes the 2003 Porsche Carrera GT, 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo, 1987 Porsche 959, 1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3, 1970 Porsche 914/6, 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS, 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (997), 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S, 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder and 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo, as well as new Porsche-themed bucket-list events, Rivals events and 15 new Xbox Live achievements. Personally, I’m really chomping at the bit to get my hands on that GT3 RS 4.0.

It’s the first we’ve seen of the famed German marque in the Forza franchise since a similar Porsche DLC pack was added to Forza Motorsports 4, and the first time Porsche has been featured in a Forza game on Xbox One. It also makes Forza Horizon 2 one of the few games in which you can drive the current trifecta of hybrid hypercars: the 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1.

Continue reading to learn more about the Forza Horizon 2’s new Porsche Expansion Pack.

Why it matters

So, why don’t we see Porsche in more racing games? Video game giant Electronic Arts and Porsche have an exclusive partnership, meaning the company’s cars only appear in EA titles like Need for Speed and Real Racing. The details of the arrangement are a bit murky, but Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios seem to have some sort of back-room deal that allows them to occasionally license models from Porsche and EA.

Forza aside, the exclusive arrangement with EA seems like a raw deal for Porsche. Other car companies realized long ago that video games are a fantastic way to foster life-long allegiances in the malleable minds young gamers. By limiting itself to one publisher (one that has a less-than-stellar record when it comes to quality driving games), Porsche seems to be missing out on a sizable audience. But, the deal has been in place for years, and, for whatever reason, Porsche seems content to let it stay that way.

Does the licensing arrangement with Turn 10 and Microsoft mean we will see Porsche in future Forza games? Too soon to say, but we should find out in a matter of days when Forza Motorsport 6 gets revealed at E3 2015.

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Press Release

Porsche is coming to Forza Horizon 2! Arriving on June 9 exclusively in Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One, the Forza Horizon 2 Porsche Expansion will bring ten amazing Porsche models for the first time to an Xbox One Forza game. With Porsche models like the 1989 944 Turbo, the 2003 Carrera GT, and the 2014 911 GT3 RS 4.0, the Porsche Expansion Pack will give fans the chance to explore southern Europe in some of the legendary German manufacturer’s most beloved cars.

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Bringing Porsche to Forza Horizon 2 is fantastic news for Xbox fans and, even better, it’s just the start! The Forza Horizon 2 Porsche Expansion is the result of an agreement between Porsche, EA, and Xbox to bring the Porsche experience to all Xbox One players. In addition to the Forza Horizon 2 Porsche Expansion, this agreement also includes adding Porsche models to Forza Motorsport 6. We will have more details to share in the future on this integration.

In addition to an amazing field of cars, the Forza Horizon 2 Porsche Expansion will include 10 new Bucket List Porsche-themed Bucket List events in Forza Horizon 2, 10 exclusive Porsche Rivals events, and 15 achievements worth a total of 500 Gamerscore points on Xbox Live.

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The full car list for the Porsche Expansion Pack for Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One:

· 2003 Porsche Carrera GT
· 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo
· 1987 Porsche 959
· 1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3
· 1970 Porsche 914/6
· 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS
· 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (997)
· 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S
· 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
· 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo

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