Forza Motorsport 5 has had the misfortune of being one of Microsoft’s microtransaction experiments. This means that after paying R700 for a copy of the game, you’re enticed to spend even more on unlocking cars within the game. Of course, you can just play the game in order to gain car tokens to spend on car unlocks, but now that the game is out in the wild, people are upset.
The reason for the dissatisfaction is that Forza 5 appears to have been designed in such a way that attempting to bypass the microtransactions results in grinding becoming a requirement. In previous Forza games you unlocked cars as your driver ranked up through winning races. That no longer happens and instead you can only unlock cars by accumulating Car Tokens by winning races. Car Tokens aren’t new to the series and were introduced in Forza 4. Unfortunately, the rate at which one unlocks these tokens in Forza 5 is very slow, which means spending more money becomes all the more tempting. You can kind of understand why long-time Forza fans are pissed about this.
The good news is that the vitriol that can be found all over websites like Reddit, NeoGAF and the Forza forums, has not gone unheard. Turn 10 has posted a lengthy document detailing some changes that are upcoming as well as some immediate alterations to pricing structures of cars. You can read the most important bits below:
1) Starting this Friday we’re offering a 50 percent discount (credits & tokens) on every car in the game. This discount is available to all players. Every car, from the 1970 Nissan Datsun 510 to the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO will be 50 percent off, so, if you’ve got your eye on something special on the car list, now’s the time to play and add them to your garage! This discount will be available between 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Friday, Nov. 29 and 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, Dec. 1.
2) If you are a Forza Motorsport 5 VIP member, you’ll receive the 2013 Lotus E21 grand prix car as a thank you. (Note: You must own Forza Motorsport 5 VIP membership to take advantage of this offer.) In addition to being one of the most radical and expensive cars in FM5, the E21 is also one of the quickest. For more on the E21, check out its entry on the Forza Motorsport 5 Cars page. This gift may take up to 24 hours or longer to be fulfilled in the game and, in order to receive your gift, you will need to back out to the main title screen with the orange McLaren P1 and then press “A” to log back in.
3) Those players who have already purchased the 2013 Lotus E21 as of today (Wednesday, November 27) will also receive the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO as a further thank you. This gift may take up to 24 hours or longer to be fulfilled in the game and, in order to receive your gift, you will need to back out to the main title screen with the orange McLaren P1 and then press “A” to log back in.
4) For those players who have purchased the LaFerrari Car Pack or the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass we’ll gift the 2013 LaFerrari directly into your Forza Motorsport 5 garage. No need to purchase the car separately with in-game credits or tokens. (Note: In order to receive and use these gift cars, you’ll need to own either the LaFerrari Car Pack or the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass). This gift may take up to 24 hours or longer to be fulfilled in the game and, in order to receive your gift, you will need to back out to the main title screen with the orange McLaren P1 and then press “A” to log back in.
5) Finally, we’re dramatically increasing the credit payout available to all Forza players in December via Forza Rewards, our ongoing loyalty program that rewards players with credits and cars for playing Forza games. You’ll be able to redeem these rewards in December but here’s a tip: The higher your Tier level reaches before December rolls around, the better the rewards you’ll be able to redeem, so get your play time in now and level up!
To read the full details of what to expect, head on over to the Forza community page linked below.