Forza 5’s microtransactions have proved so unpopular and unsuccessful that Turn 10 will be overhauling the economy, but for now, there are a number of bonuses on offer for unhappy players to enjoy.
As promised by creative director Dan Greenawalt, Turn 10 has accepted feedback and decided to adjust prices.
“Based on the numbers we’ve seen from our first week of FM5, as well as feedback we heard directly from you, we’re in the process of making some changes to the Forza Motorsport 5 economy,” community manager Brian Ekberg wrote in a new blog post.
Turn 10 isn’t ready to implement major changes, but is introducing a couple of programs to help mollify fans in the interim.
To start with, all cars will be on sale at 50% off from Friday.
Secondly, Forza Motorsport 5 VIP members will receive the 2013 Lotus E21 grand prix car as a thank you. If you’d already purchased the 2013 Lotus E21 before today, you’ll also get the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. These gifts may take more than a day to be processed; you’ll need to log out of Forza 5 and log back in to receive them
Players who purchased the LaFerrari Car Pack or the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass will receive the 2013 LaFerrari in addition; again, this could take more than 24 hours and you need to log in again to receive it.
Finally, credit payouts via Forza Rewards will be dramatically increased.
Turn 10 has also apologised for an error in its Forza Motorsport 5 Limited Edition description which suggested the 1,250 token included in the pack were enough to buy any car – which is patently untrue as many cars cost more than that. To compensate, the developer will allow Limited Edition Owners to unlock any one on-disc car via a dedicated website which will open by December 16.
Forza 5 isn’t the only Xbox One game with unpopular microtransactions. Executive Phil Spencer said that Microsoft would keep an eye on microtransactions to learn which ones players liked.