Forza Motorsport 7 is removing their version of loot boxes in a few months, and Forza Horizon 4 will drop paid tokens.
Prior to these incoming changes, these games used a premium currency called CR, or Credits, that they could earn through playing the game, and then spend the CR on loot crates that held in-game bonuses. Even with post-launch adjustments, like adding in premium upgrades that allowed players to earn more CR, players were very unsatisfied nonetheless.
Turn 10 have finally listened to players and gamers and started the process of removing the controversial systems from their games. Although the devs have admitted that the process will take time and that it will involve multiple changes to gameplay systems in Forza games.
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.
And while the loot box system in Forza games never took real money in exchange, it’s still a bit off-putting to some gamers given the random chance and the gameplay-affecting advantages the crates often contained. So overall it’s great to see the system being removed because it shows that developers and publishers are paying attention to what their fans want.
Horizon 4 will launch for PC and Xbox One on October 2, 2018.