Could do with some vintage tracks for those lovely vintage Brabhams and Mclarens. Spa 66 Comes to mind immediately!
This kind of licenses don't have a time limit. When ISI acquired the Chevrolette license for the cars in their game, that license covers the use of that specific content in RF2 forever. And the game is still RF2, is not a remaster, not a sequel. The developer changed, but the licenses stay. Of course when S397 makes a dlc with new content in they have to acquire the licenses for that. Same thing if they decide to make a most recent version of that Camaro. But in order to update that same specific car (the model and liveries available now in game) they don't need a new license.
If the license for the Camaro would be expired, the car would have to be removed from the game. But it's not.
It's just a matter of what S397 wants. They want to push the dlc content and the content that works well online. The other stuff come after. As I've said, eventually they will update everything, but they are not in a hurry.
Don't know about Codemasters but Simbin removed cars when the product went to Steam. In that case their contract considered Steam as a new "platform" reason why some had to be removed. License is for title + platform. I.e afaik if you want to release a racing game on consoles + PC you pay 3 licensesBoth Codemasters and Simbin have removed content related to older/previous license.
So the above statement may not always hold true. We do not know what kind of license agreement was signed.
Yes, that's what I mean. They can update if they want to.RF2 went to Steam under ISI and all the cars and tracks were present, so this is not the case. S397 own the licenses for every piece of content in game, otherwise they would have removed the unlicensed content. If they don't update some old content to the new standards it's just because they have other priorities or they aren't planning to do that at all. But, considering that they started to update old content already, there is still the possibility that they will update most of it in the end. A different thing is fantasy content, like Monza Historic, because if they are planning to acquire the license of the track in the future, there are chances that they delay that for when the modern layout is secured, laser scanning the full track surface.