Gran Turismo 7’s new patch reduces monetary rewards, leading to more criticism of microtransactions

Gran Turismo 7 Microtransactions PS5 PS4

A new update for grand tourer 7 was released today, patched the PlayStation 5, PS4 title to version 1.07 and made a lot of minor adjustments along with the introduction of streaming mode. However, a certain patch note is already causing controversy within the racing sim community, as it has become apparent that the credit rewards of a selection of races have been reduced. the grand tourer official website dismisses the change as an adjustment to “rewards for events within ‘World Circuits’ based on drive time and difficulty.”

Of course, with complaints around the game’s approach to microtransactions already dissipating after its release, the move to reduce credit rewards has been seen as a way to push real-life purchases onto customers. While at two events post-race payouts increased dramatically, at 16 others their earnings were cut in half or more.

Discord user ddm has shared price changes in full (via CVG), and we’ve translated that information into the table you see below.

Event Original Credit Reward New credit reward
World Touring Car 800: 24 Heures du Mans race circuit 5,000 Cr 70,000 Cr
World Touring Car 800: Monza Circuit 5,000 Cr 70,000 Cr
World Rally Challenge: Village of Alsace 50,000 Cr 30,000 Cr
Dirt Champions: Fisherman’s Ranch 65,000 Cr 30,000 Cr
Champions of Dirt: Windmills of Sardinia 65,000 Cr 40,000 Cr
Land Champions: Lake Colorado Springs 65,000 Cr 40,000 Cr
GT Cup Gr. 4: High Speed ​​Ring 65,000 Cr 35,000 Cr
GT Cup Gr. 4: Brands Hatch GP Circuit 65,000 Cr 45,000 Cr
GT Cup Gr. 3: Francorchamps Spa 75,000 Cr 50,000 Cr
GT Cup Gr. 3: Suzuka Circuit 75,000 Cr 50,000 Cr
GT Cup Gr. 3: Autodromo Lago Maggiore 75,000 Cr 50,000 Cr
Clubman Cup Plus: High Speed ​​Ring 35,000 Cr 25,000 Cr
Clubman Plus Cup: Tsukuba Circuit 35,000 Cr 25,000 Cr
Clubman Plus Cup: Goodwood 35,000 Cr 12,000 Cr
American Clubman Cup 700: Route X Special Stage 30,000 Cr 15,000 Cr
American FR Challenge 550: Blue Moon Bay Speedway 15,000 Cr 10,000 Cr
American FR Challenge 550: Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca 15,000 Cr 10,000 Cr
American FR Challenge 550: Willow Springs Raceway 15,000 Cr 10,000 Cr

Criticism of the approach began on Gran Turismo 7’s launch day on March 4, 2022, when a series of microtransactions went live alongside the game. Currently, in the PS store, you can purchase up to 2,000,000 credits for £15.99/$19.99. Then there are other options like 250,000 credits for £3.99/$4.99 and 750,000 credits for £7.99/$9.99.

As we point out in our Gran Turismo 7 PS5 Review, the option to buy more PS Store Credits is located directly below your total credit balance. “With the ‘Reload at PlayStation Store’ icon stamped forever below your credit balance, it’s clear you’ll be able to pay your way to the best cars in the game in no time.” During the review process, we never felt short of digital money. However, reducing the amount of reward credits in multiple events could change that and cause more players to consider giving in to microtransactions.

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