If there’s one lesson that was learned in 2017, it’s that consumers are tired of loot boxes. This frustration with the randomly generated system was met with backlash regarding more than one major release last year with their effects still being felt today.
Today’s ramifications of that backlash against loot boxes is now taking effect with Forza Motorsport 7. Turn 10 Studios recently posted a new update blog over on their website that talks about the future of last October’s release of Forza Motorsport 7 with the biggest news being that the studio is planning to remove their “prize crates” from the game later in the year. Additionally, they revealed that the tokens which are present in FM7 along with other previous Forza games will not be arriving in this year’s release of Forza Horizon 4.
The blog post stated the following:
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.
Turn 10 went on to explain that due to how prize crates were implemented at the core of Forza Motorsport 7, their removal will not be able to come to fruition until later this Winter.
Due to the complexity of removing prize crates from the game – while keeping access to Driver Gear, Mods and Badges – we expect that this process will be completed in the winter timeframe. Starting this month we’ve already taken steps towards that goal, first by unlocking more than 100 previously locked “exclusive” cars and, second, by completely removing cars from the prize crates in the game. The current lineup of prize crates offer no competitive advantage and only offer Driver Gear suits, Mods and badges, and these crates will remain in place until crates are removed entirely.
It’s worth noting that Turn 10 also stated that they’re working on a variety of new additions to Forza Motorsport 7 such as a Time Attack mode and updated track limits. There’s no timetable right now on when these new additions will roll out as of now.
Forza Motorsport 7 has now joined Battlefront II and Middle-earth: Shadow of War as 2017 titles that have ended up retroactively removing loot boxes from their experiences. It seems like loot boxes might actually be dying, surely to the cheers of many.