Forza Motorsport 7 Receiving Changes After Backlash

After a wave of negative feedback during the launch of Forza Motorsport 7, Microsoft and Turn 10 studios have released an open letter to the Forza community. The studio intends to revert its VIP membership benefits back to how they worked in previous Forza games after outcry from buyers that the new system resembled a pay-to-play mobile game.

VIP membership in Forza games costs $19.99 and has traditionally provided players with a permanent credits boost for completing events and a collection of exclusive cars, among other bonuses. VIP membership is also included with the $99 Ultimate Edition of the games. For Forza Motorsport 7, Turn 10 removed the credits bonus altogether, replacing it with 5 consumable loot crate mod cards that offered a 50% credit boost over 5 races. Additionally, the membership came with a few exclusive driver outfits. Drivers that didn’t pay close attention or fully understand the new loot crate mod system could burn through all the benefits of the $20 membership within an hour and have little to show for it.

Microsoft and Turn 10 announced that the system will revert back to the old system with an upcoming update and 4 new cars and 1 million credits have been gifted to VIP owners as a sort of apology. The additional gift cars are:

  • 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 Forza Edition
  • 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Forza Edition
  • 2017 Acura NSX Forza Edition
  • 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S Forza Edition

The letter also addressed the problems players have been facing with the PC version of Forza Motorsport 7. In my review of the game, I detailed the crippling performance issues I encountered. Turn 10 released a patch for Forza yesterday which promises to address some of the PC version problems. The patch notes are as follows:

  • Fixed numerous livery-related issues, including some liveries applying as paint colors only, liveries not appearing in multiplayer, and game lock-ups when cancelling liveries.
  • Fixed an issue where vinyls would not appear in the vinyl editor for players who were creating vinyl groups with HDR enabled.
  • Arabic text is no longer reversed in game menus
  • Default profile slider settings for wheel users are no longer maxed out
  • Benchmark mode on PC now displays the correct minimum FPS
  • Framerate now improved in loading with G-Sync enabled.

Not addressed in the letter was a response to the criticism of the game’s homologation and Collection Tier systems. These changes to the progression of the game are a major departure from how previous Forza games have worked and have resulted in slower progression for users that don’t purchase loot crate mods. The homologation system virtually eliminates player choice in car selection over the course of the career mode and the Collection Tier system ensures that players must buy many unwanted cars in order to unlock the chance to buy the cars they actually want. While players can choose their own cars and upgrades in single race mode, they can only select cars they have unlocked via the tier system, requiring career progression.

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