Forza Motorsport 7 is about to remove all loot boxes from the game, and future games in the series won’t include them.
Alan Hartman, the studio head of Turn 10 and the man in charge of the Forza series, revealed today that the team is working on pulling prize crates—Forza Motorsport 7‘s version of loot boxes—from the game. Additionally, while the game doesn’t have paid tokens like previous Forza games, Hartman confirmed that tokens will never be added to the game—and furthermore, they won’t be added to Forza Horizon 4.
“One major area of discussion for the team has been prize crates,” Hartman wrote in a blog post on the Forza site. “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.”
Loot boxes and microtransactions have steadily crept into more and more games over the past few years, and have started to receive pushback from players and the general public. The most notable example was in the case of Star Wars Battlefront II, which launched to a huge uproar when the full extent of its microtransactions were revealed and quickly had to change its systems. With some politicians pushing for laws to regulate loot boxes the same way gambling is regulated and more calls for full disclosure of drop chances, many developers are beginning to pull back. It seems the Forza series is in the same situation.
The changes to Forza Motorsport 7 won’t happen overnight, but players should expect to see them by “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,” Hartman writes. “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.”
Forza Motorsport 7 is currently out on Xbox One and PC, and changes to that game will arrive this winter. Forza Horizon 4 launches on October 2nd for Xbox One and PC.