Forza Motorsport 7 is by most accounts a great racing game, but it messed up with the VIP upgrade. Fans knew it and made their voices heard. Turn 10 knows it now and is making it right.
The problem. For $20, players can purchase a VIP upgrade. In Forza 6, it included exclusive cars, special online events, and most coveted of all, double credit earnings for races. In Forza 7, Turn 10 ditched the always-on double credit bonus for five limited use “mod cards.” These mod cards are tied to Forza 7’s new loot box feature.
Including non-cosmetic microtransactions in a $60 game is already a gray area for many of us. It gets a whole lot worse when you start adding paid DLC or VIP upgrades on top of it.
The good thing is, Turn 10 realizes they messed up. But only after a huge pushback from fans. If you don’t like a feature, let developers know. Be respectful, but you can’t expect to see changes unless you voice your concerns.
The solution. Forza 7’s VIP membership is going back the way it was. Double base credit bonus for every race. The change won’t happen today, though. The folks at Turn 10 are working on the change and “will release it as soon as possible.” Turn 10 is also sending all Forza Motorsport 7 VIPs four additional Forza Edition cars right now.
Props to Turn 10 for listening to their most dedicated fans. The VIP credit bonus change shouldn’t have been there anyways, but at least the devs are listening to fan feedback and acting on it.
Besides addressing the VIP controversy, Turn 10’s studio head Alan Hartman also talked briefly about PC performance. He says the studio is aware of “stability and performance issues that some PC players are facing.” And that, “the team is working around the clock to report, investigate, and resolve these issues as quickly as possible.”
Earlier this week, the devs released a patch addressing several stability issues for Forza 7. The team is aware of issues some of you are having, and are busy addressing them.
Turn 10 is saying all the right things. More importantly, they are doing the right things. It would be nice if the community backlash weren’t even necessary, though.
But these days, publishers are looking for any way to make some extra money. If you don’t like it, let them know. Don’t sink to personal attacks, but let them know what you have a problem with. Most of them are listening.