Forza Motorsport 7 launched on PC and Xbox One last week, but fans were less than pleased about the changes that Turn 10 had made to the game’s loot system. The changes altered the paid-for VIP upgrade that grants additional bonuses, with players saying that it made it a lot less valuable.
Frustrated about the quality of the VIP bonuses and the fact that they hadn’t been properly informed about the changes, fans hit back and criticized Turn 10, demanding to be heard. Turn 10 had been listening, it seems, as the Forza Motorsport 7 developer apologized for the situation and confirmed that it would soon be making more changes. These should give VIP members “the most value,” it said.
This includes immediate access to four Forza Edition cars: 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 Forza Edition, 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Forza Edition, 2017 Acura NSX Forza Edition, and the 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S Forza Edition. These will give players a bump to their Car Collection score and players can “take advantage of the inherent perks that each of these Forza Edition cars offer.”
Additionally, Turn 10 is giving Forza Motorsport 7 VIPs one million credits, while changes to credit rewards are incoming too. “This new system will work like it did in Forza Motorsport 6, offering a 2X base credit bonus after every race,” explains the developer, also saying that it is currently working to roll these changes out. A specific release date hasn’t been detailed but Turn 10 aims to release it “as soon as possible”.
For Forza Motorsport 7 VIPs who were surprised and felt let down by the changes to the VIP membership system, Turn 10’s update is incredibly welcome. Although many will argue that this is how the system should have been in the first place and no changes should have been required, the developer did at least respond quickly to fan feedback.
But some will be wondering what this means for the other Forza Motorsport 7 loot system features that fans didn’t like. For example, the game now includes loot boxes with mods which grant an opportunity to earn more credits, and Turn 10 has plans to introduce microtransactions too. While fans are enjoying the racing gameplay, frustrated fans have branded the game as ‘pay to earn.’
Given the ferocity of the feedback from Forza fans and the backlash to microtransactions in other games, like Destiny 2 and NBA 2K18, Turn 10 may well change its mind about that too. It looks like the plans are going ahead for now though, meaning that this controversy may be far from over.