Microsoft and Turn 10 launched the Ultimate Edition of Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One and Windows 10. This special bundle includes ‘VIP Membership’ among other perks. Although the game has gotten glowing reviews (including our own from Steve on Xbox One and myself on PC), there has been a lot of backlash from the community over the aforementioned VIP membership being nerfed to make space for microtransactions.
One of the perks that Forza Motorsport 7’s VIP membership gives players is the benefits of having a special ‘Mod’ that can be applied to a race which doubles the amount of Credits (in-game currency) that can be won at the end of each race. The problem is that unlike in past entries, Motorsport 7’s implementation of this system is actually limited to only 25 times instead of being perpetual. Turn 10 has decided to turn this into a microtransaction system, allowing players to buy more perks for a small fee despite already owning the membership. People are understandably angry about this.
This has forced the developers to make some changes. First, the VIP Membership’s description of the Microsoft Store has been updated to actually mention the limited-use of the money bonuses. This, of course, hasn’t done much to make people any happier. As a result, Turn 10 has stated that it will be reverting the VIP system back to the standard of past entries where the bonuses will be indefinite. A specific time for when this change will occur has not yet been announced.
Turn 10 has also stated that VIP members will gain access to four special cars: the 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S, 2016 Jaguar F-Type Project 7, 2017 Acura NSX and 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. These are all avaliable now. On top of this, all VIP members have been given 1 million Credits.
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