Forza Motorsport 7 to remove loot crates, won't introduce paid tokens in Forza Horizon 4

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Forza Motorsport 7 Image (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios | Turn 10)

Forza Motorsport 7 has been caught up in somewhat of a controversy involving "prize crates" since launch. The loot boxes — which never went on sale for actual currency — offered cars and other advantages which could give certain players an edge. They were hugely unpopular and a cause of contention for gamers. Today, Turn 10 Studios announced that it's removing them from the game and that Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 4 will not feature "paid token" microtransactions as well.

This is a great move and one which should resonate well with the Forza community. Hopefully this will be a company-wide policy where games like Halo Infinite also don't feature microtransactions. However, only time will tell. Turn 10's Alan Hartman issued the following statement on the game's website.

It's been just over nine months since we launched Forza Motorsport 7, and there are just over two months to go before... Forza Horizon 4... Along the way, we've done our best to listen to, absorb, and most importantly, act upon... feedback... One major area of discussion for the team has been prize crates. While we've never charged money for prize crates in Forza Motorsport 7, their presence in the game has continued to be a source of controversy. The overwhelming feedback has been that this system feels out of place in the game. After careful consideration, we have decided to completely remove prize crates from Forza Motorsport 7. Similarly, paid tokens – which were a part of previous Forza games – will not be coming to Forza Motorsport 7 or Forza Horizon 4... Due to the complexity of removing prize crates from the game... we expect that this process will be completed in the winter. Starting this month, we've already taken steps towards that goal, first by unlocking more... cars and, second, by completely removing cars from the prize crates in the game.

We'll keep you posted if we receive a concrete date as to when the prize crate will be removed.

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11 Comments
  • For me, this is actually great news. Well done Turn10. Hopefully this trend will continue in the future. PS: I wonder what will people who defend microtransactions will say now...
  • kids... Like I always said, game can have it, or not, doesn't matter.
    Having it doesn't AUTOMATICALLY give a game bad progression. It's case by case.
  • Business trumps all. Microsoft doesn't need cheap microtransactions to stay alive and I wonder if their numbers show this entire thing affected their sales numbers.
  • there are, and never were, microtransactions in Forza Motorsports 7.
  • Rumors can kill. Rumors of microtransactions can keep people from buying it. Microsoft knows their own sales figures and if they are well below expectations, and market research shows it was because of the rumors, then that could push Microsoft to make this announcement.
  • That's actually true. There were a lot of negative reactions about the prize crates and many were dreading when they would cost money.
  • They never charged for the prize crates. They planned to but now they're saying they won't because they were so controversial and hated by players.
  • Or do like how they do it in the Netherlands and Belgium now for DOTA 2.. Let people see what the content is of lootboxes.
  • Dumb question but what's the difference between Forza Horizon series and Forza Motorsports series? Any difference?
  • Horizon is more of an open world, arcade racer and Motorsport is a simulator.
  • Forza Motorsport has no open world environments. Basically closed-circuit vs. open world of Forza Horizon series.