When Forza Motorsport 7 was released last year, it was met with a fair share of controversy. Most of that stemmed from the inclusion of “prize crates” which is a spin on the “loot crate” trend that was a part of many wide release video games at the time.
The loot crate phenomenon is way to sorted and complex for me to explain in full here; But in a nutshell a loot box is a virtual “blind box” that contains in-game items and said virtual box is typically purchased with real money.
They became a point of controversy because many saw this mechanic as a form of gambling and a way for developers to get a lot of money from players without actually giving them what they want. I never quite saw it that way but I totally understand the distinction and the frustration.
When Forza Motorsport 7 launched its prize crates worked almost the same way except that prize crates could only be purchased with in-game currency and not real money.
The developers at Turn 10 Studios had the foresight to put the brakes on paying for prize crates when they saw which way the tide was going.
However, despite the fact that prize crates were not a microtransaction, some players were still frustrated with their presence in the game as certain rare cars were Prize Crate exclusive.
Well, it looks like all of that is about to change as Turn 10 Studio head Alan Hartman has announced in a recent blog post that Prize Crates will (eventually) be removed from Forza Motorsport 7.
Acknowledging the controversy and feedback Hartman states “The overwhelming feedback has been that this system feels out of place in the game. After careful consideration, we have decided to completely remove prize crates from Forza Motorsport 7.”
Though, it turns out that doing such a thing is easier said than done. Since the prize crates are imbedded into the game’s core systems, removing them outright while keeping everything else in tact will be “complex.”
Because of this, removing prize crates will be a staged process that will take place over an extended amount of time starting now with the goal of having them removed by this winter.
However, a major first step was already taken. While prize crates still currently remain in the game, they no longer contain cars. All prize crate exclusive cars ( over 100 cars) will be unlocked and will likely be made available in the in-game car dealership.
Until their complete removal prize crates will only contain driver gear, mod cars (which are only used in single player), and badges.
It should also be noted that prize crates are not the only thing going away. Alan also announced that tokens would not be coming to Forza Motorsport 7, nor will they be a part of the upcoming Forza Horizon 4.
Tokens, were a way for players to fast track getting cars that were typically very expensive by way of in-game currency.
For example, lets say I wanted to buy a 2014 Ferrari FXX K. That car costs 1.5 million in game credits but in previous Forza games they would also offer the same car for say 20 tokens and those tokens can be purchased with real money.
Tokens were left out of Forza Motorsport 7 as Turn 10 wasn’t sure how well they would fit since there was such an emphasis on car collecting in the game. Though they hinted that tokens may show up in the future.
Looks like that officially is not going to happen in Forza Motorsport 7 nor Forza Horizon 4 either.
What do you think about these changes? Are you glad that prize crates will be removed or were you among the few that actually liked them?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
For more Forza coverage check out our interview with Ralph Fulton from E3 2018 on all things Forza Horizon 4 below.
[Source: ForzaMotorsport.net blog]