The Japanese car making giant Toyota has confirmed its cars will, for the time being at least, only appear in Gran Turismo Sport.
In a series of tweets, the company’s UK division revealed the Toyota Motor Corporation “has no concrete plans to license its model range to any other games besides Gran Turismo Sport at the moment”.
While Toyota’s tweets did stress the car maker is “currently limited” in what it can officially disclose, the social posts do bring to an end speculation as to why the PlayStation 4-exclusive title has been the only major racing game of late to feature Toyota production models.
Officially, Toyota Motor Corporation has no concrete plans to license its model range to any other games besides Gran Turismo Sport at the moment. 3/5
— ToyotaUK (@ToyotaUK) August 21, 2019
Before today’s announcement (21st August, 2019), it was rumoured an exclusivity deal with Sony and/or Gran Turismo developer Polyphony Digital was the reason why titles like Forza Horizon 4, Forza Motorsport 7 and Need for Speed Payback didn’t include road cars from Toyota or its sister brand Lexus.
Toyota UK’s announcement also comes shortly after the company deleted a tweet posted yesterday (20th August 2019) that, according to GTPlanet, incorrectly suggested its cars wouldn’t be represented in Need for Speed Heat because the game promotes illegal street racing.
While Toyota UK didn’t say when racing game fans can look forward to driving digital representations of Toyota and Lexus production models in titles that aren’t Gran Turismo, it did say: “We’ll be really excited to share our future plans with you as soon as we’re able to.”
Gran Turismo Sport’s licensing arrangements with Toyota aren’t the only exclusivity controversies the title has courted. In 2017, Eurogamer claimed Gran Turismo “now has [the] sole rights” to the Pikes Peak hill climb course, with Dirt 4’s chief game designer Paul Coleman confirming Codemasters “couldn’t use” the iconic racing route in the rally racer.