Forza Horizon 2 will launch free of microtransactions, creative director Ralph Fulton confirmed to Digital Spy during E3 last week.
“The approach we’ve taken is that we’ve designed our game at Playground Games from the ground up to be fair, to be fun, to be rewarding,” Fulton told Digital Spy. “That’s incredibly important to us. For that reason, we will launch in September without tokens.”
Instead, Forza Horizon 2 will use an unlock system designed to quickly get players into new cars. Premium rides, meanwhile, can be won in wheel spins, which could also reward players with varying amounts of in-game cash.
The absence of microtransactions in Forza Horizon 2 comes in the wake of severe criticisms of Forza Motorsport 5 and how its token-based economy made purchasing the complete car collection or high-end vehicles an expensive investment. Within a month of Forza 5’s launch, developer Turn 10 adjusted the economy based on player feedback.
Forza Horizon 2 launches on Xbox One and Xbox 360 September 30.