It’s a bitter truth: a lot of racing games these days borrow a trick from phone games and beg you for money, despite the dozens of dollars you already spent on the game itself. Forza 6 was one of the few AAA racers that didn’t use this “feature,” until today. As of a recent update, extra cars and tracks are unlocked by tokens, which can either be bought or earned. Feel like earning them? Good — you’re a true gamer. Feel like buying them all and saving some time to polish your real Ferrari outside? You can do that as well, but know this: no one loves you.
Turn 10 is fully aware of the stink-face a lot of gamers tend to make when they see prompts for money appear on their TV screens. That’s why they put in the option to turn the prompts off. “Players who do not wish to see the token feature in Forza Motorsport 6 menus will have the option to disable this feature from appearing by turning Tokens off in the HUD Options menu,” they say.
Microtransactions were also added to Forzas 4 and 5 back when they were current. Creative director Dam Greenawalt has eschewed the dirty word “paywalls” in favor of his own term, “acceleration.” “There’s a small group of players that can’t be bothered to do things and they have disposable income,” he said in defense. “They’re the sim guys in a lot of cases. They don’t want to do the career, and they don’t value those aspects, and that’s alright by me.” Well, all right then — and it’s two words, Greenawalt.
Remember cheat codes? Those were some times…back when all gamers, rich and poor, stood on equal ground.