With the Xbox One X just around the corner, new details are beginning to emerge surrounding Forza Motorsport 7 – Microsoft's next entry in its flagship racing series. While its graphical improvements and newly-introduced dynamic weather are at the center of marketing, it appears a new reward system is in the works – loot boxes.
Earlier this week as a part of Gamescom 2017, we got the opportunity to get a closer look at Forza Motorsport 7 ahead of its debut this September. During a behind-closed-doors session, we noticed the inclusion of in-game "Prize Crates," however at the time, didn't receive clarification on exactly what these contained.
Speaking with AR12Gaming, Turn 10 Community Manager, Brian Ekberg, clarified that Prize Crates will be a way of obtaining various items in Forza 7, including rare cars, mods and more. Driver gear, a new way of customizing your in-game avatar in Forza Motorsport 7, can also be earned through these digital packages.
Right now, Prize Crates are set to be available in several tiers, with higher-value crates providing a greater chance of rewarding rare bonuses. It's being stressed that these will be earned exclusively with in-game credits at launch, however, the concept of charging for Prize Crates later down the line wasn't entirely dismissed.
This isn't the first time Microsoft Studios titles have taken advantage of randomized loot crates. Recent installments of both Gears of War and Halo have introduced so form of randomized item drops, so an appearance in the Forza series comes as no surprise. With several of the publisher's biggest franchises adopting a "games-as-a-service" (GaaS) model, post-launch updates, expansions, and microtransactions are frequently becoming common sights in these triple-A releases.
What do you think of Forza Motorsport 7's Prize Crates? Is this a good move for the franchise? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.