Microtransactions Finish Last
In 2017, the game industry suffered a meteor shower of microtransaction filled, full-price, AAA games, leading to widespread upset and fans swearing off installments of their favorite series due to the perceived insult by their mere presence. Over the past few months however, some of those game’s developers have been pulling loot boxes out of their games entirely in an effort to reclaim that lost audience and get their franchises back into gamer’s good graces. Now, Turn 10 is following suit by removing the controversial system from Forza Motorsport 7, for the benefit of this holiday’s Forza Horizon 4.
Studio Head Alan Hartman made a statement on the developer’s official website, saying that Turn 10 has made the decision to remove loot boxes as they were “inspired by the brilliant passion of the Forza Community.” The team is projecting to have the prize crate system full removed from the game sometime this winter, and have already begun to unravel them by “unlocking more than 100 previously locked ‘exclusive’ cars, and, second, by completely removing cars from the prize crates in the game.”
Hartman states that the currently available prize crates “offer no competitive advantage” to buyers, and that Forza tokens, a premium currency available in past games, would not be replacing the crate system, nor would they be present in Forza Horizon 4.
This news comes hot on the heels of Microsoft announcing Forza Horizon 2 as part of August’s Games With Gold for Xbox One earlier this morning. Forza Horizon 4 was just announced at E3 last month and will be available later this year on October 2 on Xbox One and PC.
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SOURCE: Turn 10