Microtransactions snuck in to Forza 6

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Forza 6 is easily the best racing game released this year – particularly if you like your racing to straddle the increasingly blurred lines between sim and arcade racing. It made up for mistakes past, by not being flooded with the awful microtransactions and reliance thereof that plagued Forza 5.  That was cause for celebration, and it made fans happy.

Well, they’re back. It seems that Microsoft and Turn 10 have managed to sneak Microtransactions back in to the game. You can now buy packs of tokens, allowing you to buy in-game cars, upgrades and mods with the swipe of your digital credit cards.

Here’s the pricing structure for Tokens right now (via Videogamer):

• 325 Tokens – $2.99
• 1250 Tokens – $9.99
• 2700 Tokens – $19.99
• 8000 Tokens – $49.99
• 20,000 Tokens – $99.99

Each token is worth 500 in-game credits.

What makes the sudden, injected introduction of microtransactions rurprising is a comment from Turn 10 prior to the game’s release.

“Between rewards for the Forza faithful, the new prize spinner, and increased payouts in the career, there’s a lot of ways to earn [credits],” Turn 10 Studios content director Bill Wendl told Shacknews before the game launched. “We just basically wanted to remove that sort of friction. The only way microtransactions would come back is if sometime in the life cycle, players are asking for it, just as an option or something like that. We’re hoping the in-game economy will support how people will play the game.”

That must mean people have been asking for them. And those people deserve a slap. It’s just such an odd thing to see, given the backlash that Forza 5 and Gran Turismo 6 received for allowing people to buy cars without the grind of earning them.

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Last Updated: November 17, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • miaau

    In Forza 5 the microtransactions were in my face a lot, a real down-point. If this is more subtle, and other people really, really want it, then I suppose it is still not ok. What? Pay to get XP faster? What?

    AND if not in the start, but in now, did they wait for the reviews to finished before they patched it back in?

  • Hammersteyn

    This is very clever. Wait till the reviews are all out and then sneak in MT for the Pay Day. $99.99 is a little bit Overkill though

    • WitWolfy

      Yip, I agree. Want your game to fair well? Leave out microtransactions until the reviews die down that your game is the bomb! Then release it. Word of mouth is already out there, so no one will know until tis too late!

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    lol. More Fee to Play nonsense. “but it’s optional so why are you complaining” Because they’re optional in FREE to Play games as well… that you didn’t pay for… because it’s free. You’ve literally paid for that content, then they turn around and tell you if you don’t want to “wait” for it, pay more.

  • HvR
  • oVg


    Do you realise just how much money they could have made if all resources and junk were microtransactions in Fallout 4? or even on-line co-op? Want an extra Fusion Cell? Just pay $3.99


    But thanks to the old school ethics of Todd Howard we get a game made by gamers for gamers. Not Captain Corporate

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Agreed. Same goes for CDPR.

      • oVg

        hear hear, even little things like FREE themes.

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          I lost my weekend to Fallout 4. It’s pretty much New Vegas with more customisation, more options, better graphics, an excellent map and an ARK-like crafting system (only less sophisticated).

  • WitWolfy

    *Takes away the beloved auction house; introduces microtransactions* So glad I skipped out on this to whats starting to feel like an annual release of money grabbing!

  • Nikola

    Disgusting MS strikes again with they dodgy waaay of doing business let’s wait until the game is out keep quiet about MT and then slowly just put them into the game aaaand no one will notice lol this exact reason why I stayed away from Xbox this generation…

    • GooseZA

      I lolled.

    • WitWolfy

      Well Uncharted 4 is gonna have microtransactions for their MP too! So…

  • Zubayr Bhyat

    Lack of sales drove this imo.

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