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