The reveal of Forza Motorsport 7 was one of the major talking points from the Xbox E3 2017 press conference. The racing sim series was looking better than ever and fans could not wait to get behind the virtual driving seat and play it for themselves. But now that the game has launched, some fans feel disappointed with what’s on offer.
Although fans and critics largely agree that Forza Motorsport 7 looks fantastic, the game’s loot system has been heavily criticized. The new game brings back the series’ CR currency but this time it allows them to spend that virtual cash on randomized loot boxes that can include cars, cosmetic items for drivers as well as something called mods. These mods can modify the next race a player takes part in, doling out a slightly higher amount of CR for completing that race. Sometimes, players must fulfill certain objectives within a race in order to get the higher payout.
Forza Motorsport 7 also brings back the game’s VIP upgrade. In Forza Motorsport 6, players could pay an extra $20 to get exclusive cars, online events, and CR earned from races would be doubled. But in Forza Motorsport 7, the VIP upgrade only offers players five ‘double CR reward’ mods which can be used five times each, amounting to a boost in 25 races in total.
The gameplay of Forza 7 is amazing, best it's ever been. But the rest of the game's ecosystems are a huge WTH. Did we need loot boxes?
— Sam Z? (@samanthazoeller) October 3, 2017
So Forza 7 took assists bonuses out of the game and now charges for them with loot crates? That kinda sucks not gonna lie.
— Spoopy Fizz-sama™ (@DFizzlio) October 3, 2017
So wait… in Forza 7 you open loot boxes hoping to earn bonuses for more credits to buy more loot boxes? Wow
— Spawn Wave (@SpawnWaveMedia) October 3, 2017
There are several reasons why people are disgruntled about this loot system. One point of frustration is that it was not made clear to fans that the VIP upgrade rewards had been changed from the last game, meaning that many forked out for it only to be disappointed with what they received.
Another issue is that mods just make the grind a little easier rather than removing it altogether. The loot box contents are also been criticised, as things such as driver outfits are hidden behind a vehicle’s body for most of the game and fans see no reason why these should cost anything to unlock.
Possibly the biggest concern, though, is that Forza Motorsport 7‘s loot system will be introducing paid-for microtransactions in the future. Developer Turn 10 confirmed to Ars Technica that it will offer a real-money currency called ‘Tokens’ once it has ensured that the game’s economy is both fun and balanced. Right now, fans are saying that the loot system is neither of those things and the addition of microtransactions will only rock the boat further. This isn’t exactly the best way to establish the racing game as an Xbox One X system selling title.
At this point it’s unclear whether Turn 10 will hold back on its microtransaction plans as a result of the ongoing backlash to the loot system. With NBA 2K18 and Destiny 2 microtransactions both being changed due to fan furor, Forza Motorsport 7 wouldn’t be the first to make hasty turnarounds. Fans of the racing series will just have to wait and see what happens next.
Forza Motorsport 7 is out now on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.