Prize Crates, the loot box mechanic used in Forza Motorsport 7, will soon be completely removed from the game. In addition, the paid tokens system used in previous Forza titles will not be coming to Forza Motorsport 7 or Forza Horizon 4.
Forza Franchise Studio Head Alan Hartman shared the news in a new blog post on the official Forza Motorsport website titled ‘Forza Summer
The purpose of the article was to discuss the state of the Forza franchise in 2018 and where the development teams at Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games are currently at with Forza
Motorsport 7, the Forza
Racing Championship esports series, and Forza Horizon 4.
“Our players’ expectations of games and their experiences have changed over the years and, since launch, the team at Turn 10 has been working incredibly hard on Forza Motorsport 7,” Hartman said. “We’ve all been inspired by the brilliant passion of the Forza community. You’ve been tireless in sharing your feedback about the game, letting us know what you like and what you’d like to see improved. Along the way we’ve done our best to listen to, absorb, and most importantly, act upon that feedback.”
Hartman added that since the release of Forza Motorsport 7, the team has delivered more than 15 major content updates to the game. These patches have included several improvements across all aspects of the game, including performance enhancements for those on PC, several bug fixes, and more. New features include Multiplayer Test Drive, the Panning Focus option for Photo Mode, improved Livery Editor tools, as well as a new Data Out feature that allows players to take advantage of a UDP data stream to develop custom companion experiences for the game.
The all-new monthly Forza
Spotlight program has introduced new cars from manufacturers like Porsche, Honda, and Ford – and these have been made available to all Forza Motorsport 7 players for free. “The result is a game that is deeper, more open, fun, and responsive, and more representative of the Forza community than ever,” Hartman continued.
“We’ve got lots of great stuff still to come,” he added. “We’re continuing to pour our heart and soul into Forza Motorsport 7, including building brand-new
experiences like our ‘experimental drag racing’ feature, as well as introducing game enhancements like updated track limits, Time Attack mode, drift scoring and enhanced drift steering angle, and our upcoming Forza Race Regulations systems, all of which have developed from our ongoing conversation with the Forza community.”
Hartman noted towards the end of the blog post that “one major area of discussion” for the team at Turn 10 Studios has been Prize Crates.
Whilst Microsoft never charged real-world money for these loot boxes, Hartman notes that “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,” he said. “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.”
Hartman added that the team expects the process of removing Prize Crates from Forza Motorsport 7 to be completed sometime within the Winter timeframe. This is due to the “complexity” of removing Prize Crates from the game whilst also retaining access to Driver Gear, Mods and Badges. This month, Turn 10 unlocked more than 100
previously-locked ‘exclusive cars’ in Forza Motorsport 7 and also removed vehicles entirely from Prize Crates.
The current line-up of Prize Crates in Forza Motorsport 7 provides no competitive advantage and only include Driver Gear suits, Mods and Badges. These crates will remain in place in Forza Motorsport 7 until Prize Crates are removed entirely from the game later this year.
“As always, I want to thank the Forza community for your passion and commitment and for being such an integral part of everything we do,” Hartman concludes. “With more updates planned for Forza Motorsport 7 and the launch of Forza Horizon 4 just around the corner, the second half of 2018 promises to be busier and more exciting than ever. As always, we’re eager to hear your feedback. Follow us on Twitter, share a post in the Forza Forums, or send us an e-mail, and let your voice be heard. It’s a great time to be a Forza fan and I’m glad we get to share it with you.”
In 2018, Forza Motorsport 7 received several content updates introducing an array of new cars, features and fixes based on fan-feedback, whilst at E3 in June, Forza Horizon 4 was announced with a release date of October 2nd, 2018 and it came accompanied by the news that Microsoft
had acquired Playground Games. Following E3 came the ForzaRC
Series 1 Playoffs – where Noble
b0x was crowned the Series 1 Champion in Seattle following a fantastic performance during unmissable, thrilling races. Before that, the ForzaRC
Pre-Season Invitational trialled Team Racing for the first time and it led to some incredibly
exciting action out on the track.
Overall, the future of the Forza franchise looks incredibly bright and the rest of 2018 has a lot in store for Forza fans. Be it the launch of Forza Horizon 4, the ForzaRC
Series 2 Playoffs in Mexico City and the Forza Racing
World Championship finals in London, England this October, or the continued post-launch support of Forza Motorsport 7, there’s plenty to be excited about in the non-stop automotive world of Forza.
For more on the future of the Forza Motorsport series, check out our story on the team’s current focuses and why they aren’t developing
the inevitable Forza Motorsport 8 just yet. Also, be sure to have a look at our recap of the latest Forza
Horizon 4 Seasons livestream, as well as our
hands-on with the E3 2018 demo from when we played it at Turn 10 Studios last month in their homeland of Seattle, WA.
Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he delivers the latest in news stories, reviews, and feature articles to the website, as well as videos on his YouTube channel and livestreams over on Mixer.