Porsche (Mostly) Disappears
New titles in a racing franchise are supposed to add cars and brands that were not previously represented. Forza 4, however, lost Porsche, which is one of the world's most recognized automotive brands. What happened?
The issue is licensing. As you might expect, developers have to license the right to use an automotive company's cars in their game. Usually, this license is made available to multiple developers, or it is made available to one developer who then offers it to others in the trade for their own exclusive licenses. In the end, gamers receive the cars they want without knowing that a lot of legal mumbo-jumbo was involved.
However, this time was different. Electronic Arts, publisher of the Need for Speed franchise, holds exclusive license to Porsche. Some bigwigs decided that this license should not be made available to competitors, so Forza 4 was deprived of the Porsche brand.
However, it's still sorta-kinda possible to drive a Porsche. You see, there is a German automotive company called RUF that takes the chassis of an existing Porsche and tweaks it for better performance. Their relationship is similar to that of the Saleen brand to Ford - often, Saleen modifies Ford cars to create their own, but they're an independent entity. RUF is included in Forza 4, so if you really want to drive a Porsche, look them up.