Forza 5, along with pretty much all of Microsoft’s first party launch titles are a bit of a microtransaction joke. In Forza 5, for example, you can pay real money to get the Forza accelerator, which grants you double XP. Instead of just earning cars, players have to use in-game tokens which can be earned by racing, or bought straight up. The most expensive car, the Lotus E21, if bought would cost £32.50, half the price of the game itself. It’s ludicrous – but it’s changing.
Microsoft recently said it was still figuring out this whole micro-transaction thing (ie: finding out how to bleed you dry without pissing you off at the same time) and they’ll be implementing a few changes to Forza 5 micro-transactions – and in the mean time, will be offering cars at a discount.
“We’re in the process of making some changes to the Forza Motorsport 5 economy. But, while we’re putting the final touches on that, we want to make sure everyone continues having a great time with Forza 5,” said Turn 10’s Brian Ekberg.
So here’s what they’ll be discounting,
- 50 per cent off every car in the game between Friday 30th November at 8:01 a.m. GMT to Monday, 2nd December at 7:59 a.m. This includes purchasing them with credits or tokens.
- Forza Motorsport 5 VIP members receive a free 2013 Lotus E21 grand prix car.
- VIP members who already purchased the 2013 Lotus E21 will receive the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO instead.
- Those who have purchased the LaFerrari Car Pack or the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass will get the 2013 LaFerrari gifted directly into their garage.
- Credit payouts for Forza Rewards – a loyalty program that rewards players for sticking with the series – will increase “dramatically” come December. Turn 10 noted, “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!”
This is just a quick fix as Turn 10 tries to sort out Forza 5’s silly, broken economy.
“Looking ahead, we’ll continue to make further adjustments to the Forza Motorsport 5 economy when they’re needed and I’ll be sure to keep you informed as these changes are made,” the developer added. “For now, take advantage of all the cool stuff coming your way and, as always, thanks for your patience and for being a member of the Forza Motorsport community.”
Last Updated: November 28, 2013