Gran Turismo 7 microtransactions criticized

Gran Turismo 7 microtransactions have become a subject of controversy after it was revealed that, unlike Gran Turismo Sport, players cannot purchase cars individually. They now have to rely entirely on in-game credits, which can be earned through play or purchased with real currency. One problem: in Gran Turismo Sport cars ranged between $0.99 and $4.99 each, while in Gran Turismo 7 you have to spend quite a bit for credit bundles if you don’t want to grind, making cars much more expensive now. For example, people at Video Games Chronicle have pointed out that the Porsche 919 Hybrid 16 costs $2.99 ​​in Gran Turismo Sport and 3,000,000 credits in Gran Turismo 7. If you want to buy 3,000,000 credits outright, you’ll need to buy at least one spend a fortune $40.

Why Gran Turismo 7 microtransactions are a concern

Aside from the aforementioned price differences between the same cars in Gran Turismo Sport and Gran Turismo 7, the newly revealed microtransactions are even more concerning as some of the cars in the game will be dynamically priced. As reported by GTPlanet, Polyphony Digital is partnering with real-life classic auto insurance and appraisal company Hagerty for the valuation of in-game Legend Cars. This means that their prices in Gran Turismo 7 will fluctuate in tandem with their real value rise and fall. Currently, the cars in the game’s Hagerty collection range between 150,000 and 20,000,000 credits. The credit bundles can be purchased from the PlayStation Store in the following denominations:

  • 100,000 credits – $2.49 / £1.99
  • 250,000 credits – $4.99 / £3.99
  • 750,000 credits – $9.99 / £7.99
  • 2,000,000 credits – $19.99 / £15.99

Recommendation: Microtransactions should be available during the assessment period

Zamena writes… I’ve always found the practice of making microtransactions available post-launch a bit dubious as it can’t be factored into reviews. I understand that Polyphony Digital went for realism with the whole Hagerty thing, but given the pricing of the credit bundles and the inability to buy cars individually like we could in Gran Turismo Sport, the whole thing seems a bit ill-advised. Let’s see how Sony is responding to players’ concerns.

In other news, Sony’s Game Pass rival seems to be getting closer to release, and the maker of Deus Ex is working on a new IP address.

[Source: VGC, Hagerty via GTPlanet]