Turn 10 Responds to Forza 5 Microtransaction Criticism
Posted by Ken Barnes
Well, sort of.
Anybody would think that Microsoft invented the concept of micro-transactions, if the last week was anything to go by. We remember EA's Skate 2 allowing you to purchase a key to unlock everything in the game back in the day, but there you go. Despite this, and even though their game has been under fire for a somewhat callous approach to microtransactions, Forza Motorsport 5 developer Turn 10 has announced some new measures that they think will help improve the game and kill off some of the gamer rage.
In an official statement, Turn 10 stated:-
Your Turn 10 team continues to value the input of our Forza community, and we keep a careful eye on in-game data that shows how players progress through our games. 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.
They went on to announce a series of temporary measures that will come into play while they work on those changes, too.
Firstly, from Friday 29th of November through to midnight on Sunday, December 1st, all cars will be available at a 50 percent discount, whether you're paying in in-game credits, or purchasable tokens. Second up, Forza Motorsport 5 VIP members will be given the 2013 Lotus E21 Grand Prix car. If they've already purchased it, they'll receive the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO instead. These cars will be auto-added to your garage in due course.
Players that have purchased the LaFerrari Car Pack (or the Forza 5 Car Pass) for the game, will be given the 2013 LaFerrari for nothing.
Also, the credits paid out via the company's Forza Rewards (check it out) programme will be increased "dramatically." The higher your Forza Rewards tier by the end of November, the more credits you'll get.
Finally, the company admitted a mistake in the promotional build-up for the Limited Edition version of the game. L.E. owners were given 1,250 tokens, which Turn 10 claimed would be enough to be able to buy any car in the game. That isn't the case, as a few cars cost more than that. By way of apology, the company will allow Forza Motorsport 5 Limited Edition owners to download and own any one of the on-disc cars of their choice in the game. That will happen no later than December 16th.
It's a start, Turn 10, and we can't fault you for it.