Forza Motorsport 7 walks back VIP pass change following player backlash

Facing an influx of criticism over changes to the VIP pass bonuses in Forza Motorsport 7, developer Turn 10 Studios has decided to walk things back. In a letter to the community, Turn 10 Studio Head Alan Hartman, explains that Forza Motorsport 7 will change its VIP system to give players extra credits on all races. As a bonus, Turn 10 is throwing in some extra cars and credits as an apology as well.

To recap, Forza's $19.99 VIP pass provided players with a quicker way to progress in previous installments of the game, by offering permanent credit bonuses at the end of races. In Forza Motorsport 7, the bonus for VIP members was moved to five consumable "Mod cards" that only carry five uses each. Once VIP members burned through their 25 uses, they would have to secure more Mod cards from random loot boxes.

Forza Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition buyers were the first to spot this over the weekend thanks to their early access period and the fact that the VIP pass is included with their purchase. Most concerning was that the Microsoft Store listing wasn't clear about the new limitation at first. Microsoft later updated the description to clarify the limited nature of credit bonuses, but only after the fact.

Now, Turn 10 says it will return to a system that will work just as it did in Forza Motorsport 6, "offering a 2X base credit bonus after every race." There's no word on when the feature will land, but Turn 10 says it will release it "as soon as possible" with an update.

In the meantime, VIP pass owners are getting some extra goodies. For starters, Turn 10 is sending all Forza 7 VIPs one million credits. In addition, all VIPs will get the following four additional Forza Edition cars:

  • 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 Forza Edition
  • 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Forza Edition
  • 2017 Acura NSX Forza Edition
  • 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S Forza Edition

Lastly, Hartman addresses PC issues, pointing out that the team has already shipped an update to the game to address some issues. The team says it is "working around the clock" to find and resolve issues as they're reported.

Forza Motorsport 7 is available now starting at $59.99. For more, be sure to check out our Forza Motorsport 7 review.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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