Publisher Microsoft and Washington-based developer Turn 10 Studios have backtracked on the changes made to VIP membership in Forza Motorsport 7 following a wave of negative fan feedback.
As you may know, Forza Motorsport 7, the tenth installment in one of the staples of the racing simulator genre, launched earlier this week on PC and Xbox One to once again strong reviews. But alongside a positive critical reception was a bit of controversy as well.
While the game’s new loot-box-like system got most of the controversial attention, there was also considerable push-back from fans in regards to the VIP membership changes Forza Motorsport 7 made from its predecessors. What made the changes worse, is that Microsoft and Turn 10 never communicated said changes prior to the game’s launch, when many gamers forked out extra money for the game’s Ultimate Edition in order to gain VIP membership access, among other things.
The negative feedback hasn’t fallen on deaf ears though: as Turn 10’s Studio Head, Alan Hartman, has since issued the following official statement on the manner:
“Over the weekend we heard loud and clear from Ultimate Edition owners expressing frustration over the VIP membership offer in Forza Motorsport 7. We immediately updated the VIP description in the Windows Store to alleviate any future confusion. As head of the studio, I apologize for any confusion or frustration our players may have experienced.”
Hartman continues by saying that going forward, Turn 10 will continue to ensure that Forza Motorsport 7’s VIPs receive the most value for their membership, including new experiences and content. This support begins with all VIP members receiving the following four additional Tier 5 Legendary 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
In addition to the four new cars, all VIPS will also receive 1 million credits.
Even more significant than a few freebies is that VIP rewards will change, with the new system working like it did Forza Motorsport 6: offering a 2X base credits bonus after every race. Work on this change has already begun, with a release planned to arrive soon.
Forza Motosport 7 is available on PC and Xbox One starting at $59.99 USD.