Hmm, will be a bit disappointing if there's no Skoda to be honest, R5 is a bit of a Ford v Skoda battle at the moment. I was hoping the three would be Peugeot, Ford and Hyundai, with the fourth they were apparently pursuing being the Skoda, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. If one of them is the Mirage/Space Star it would be nice, but not at the expense of the others. And if they're doing DLC by the end of the year, the new Polo could be a nice addition too...
I have always had this belief that modern Skoda's are pretty hard to licence. When was the last time you saw a skoda in a game outside the WRC games? The last I remember was Sega Rally online arcade back in 2011
Agreed, it does seem to be that way. Would be crazy if they are difficult; the whole point of their rally programme was to give themselves a more sporty image than their traditional one, so I never understood why they seemed so intent on hiding their rally cars from gaming. Hopefully CM can pull something out of the bag!
I have a lot of experience in working with Skoda's PR and marketing departments (I work in an automotive magazine), an boy, they are picky and demanding compared to other carmakers. In my country you need an authorization for the interview. Sometimes Skoda "improves" ONE sentence 10 times or more. If you want to organize an event with them prepare for the Great Battle of Every Detail. I guess that can be part of the problem with licensing.