We’ve known for a while now that Gran Turismo 6, which launches tomorrow on 06 December, will feature microtransactions. We’ve already seen how the inclusion of this monetization model has caused no end of disgust from the Forza Motorsport 5 community (I also moaned about it here), so it’s going to be interesting to see how people react to Gran Turismo 6.
Gran Turismo 6 will use an in-game currency imaginatively named Credits. You’ll be able to buy credits directly via the PlayStation Network. The game’s publisher, Sony Computer Entertainment, has now unveiled how much you will be paying for the various Credit bundles.
These prices are from the UK PlayStation Store, which has already been updated with the bundles. I’ve just checked the South African PSN and there are no bundles available as yet. 500,000 Credits cost £3.99 (about R68); 1 million Credits cost £7.99 (about R138); 2,5 million Credits cost £15.99 (R275); and 7 million credits cost £39.99 (about R688).
You can kind of gauge how much each car will cost, but as in Forza 5, the rarer and more special vehicles will cost a lot to unlock. The most expensive vehicle in Gran Turismo 6 is the Jaguar XJ13, which costs (wait for it) 20 million Credits. That works out to (oh… just wait for it…) R2, 065.00.
Naturally, people are upset and have taken to Twitter. Sony’s president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida has been answering many irate gamers as well. In an attempt to assure Gran Turismo fans that progression and car unlocks in the game have not been altered in any way, he tweeted the following: “the game is just offering an alternative path to busy people. Read reviews when they come out.”
He also stated to another Twitter user that “microtransaction per se is not a bad thing, how the game is designed around it could become a problem.” That, many would argue, is the primary issue with Forza 5’s microtransactions: the game has been altered so that players are more inclined to pay for car unlocks.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the reviews have to say.