If you’re like me and hate microtransactions in full-priced video games, then you would be upset at the number of 8th generation launch titles with these money-leeching tactics. Forza Motorsport 5 is one of the games that has said microtransactions, and while my fellow GameSided writer didn’t have as much of an issue with them in his review (he did note the lack of cars and tracks), many fans are upset that Turn 10 and Microsoft are trying to grab as much money on top of the $60 price tag.
The team at Forza 5 have noted this criticism, and are working on changing the system right now, according to a blog post on the company website. (bolded emphasis mine for this quote)
Based on the numbers we’ve seen from our first week of FM5, as well as feedback we heard directly from you, we’re in the process of making some changes to the Forza Motorsport 5 economy. But, while we’re putting the final touches on that, we want to make sure everyone continues having a great time with Forza 5. So, the following programs are going into effect this week:
(Cliff Notes version of list)
- Starting this Friday we’re offering a 50 percent discount (credits & tokens) on every car in the game.
- If you are a Forza Motorsport 5 VIP member, you’ll receive the 2013 Lotus E21 grand prix car as a thank you. (Note: You must own Forza Motorsport 5 VIP membership to take advantage of this offer.)
- Those players who have already purchased the 2013 Lotus E21 as of today (Wednesday, November 27) will also receive the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO as a further thank you.
- For those players who have purchased the LaFerrari Car Pack or the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass we’ll gift the 2013 LaFerrari directly into your Forza Motorsport 5 garage.
- Finally, we’re dramatically increasing the credit payout available to all Forza players in December via Forza Rewards, our ongoing loyalty program that rewards players with credits and cars for playing Forza games.
- We will soon be offering Forza Motorsport 5 Limited Edition owners the chance to download and own the car of their choice in the game.
Looking ahead, we’ll continue to make further adjustments to the Forza Motorsport 5 economy when they’re needed and I’ll be sure to keep you informed as these changes are made.
So, the way it looks like now, they have fully heard how making Forza Motorsport 5 money-driven over gameplay experience-driven was a bad idea from the driving series’ fans. Now that the developers on the long way to building a different economic system within the game, we’ll see just what they plan to replace it with and how long it will take.
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