Gran Turismo Sport update brings new cars, a new track and u-turn on microtransactions

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After PS3 exclusive Gran Turismo 6 was plagued with microtransactions, including one car which costs £120, fans were absolutely relieved when series creator Kazunori Yamauchi confirmed there would be no microtransactions in the franchise’s most recent iteration. In a Q&A session with Youtube Gema Show Indo, he simply responded ‘no’ when asked whether GT Sport would include microtransactions. Players of GT6 blamed these intrusive aspects for increasing the in-game grind required to earn cars to ridiculous extents. This video shows the relief of fans when they were revealed to not be included in Sport.

Fast forward almost exactly one year and Polyphony Digital have done a u-turn, which microtransactions set to be included in Gran Turismo Sport in Europe as of August 2nd. Cars will only cost up to £2 allegedly, and you’ll always know exactly what you’re buying. The new update introduces a new fictional track; Circuit de Sainte-Croixe, which has three alternate courses. The headlining new car is the one that Lewis Hamilton won the F1 title with Mercedes AMG W08.

However the controversy of the microtransactions and the fact that Polyphony Digital lied last August has dominated the conversation. With the recent news that battle royale title Fortnite makes $2 million a day from mobile microtransactions alone, it’s no surprise that other titles are desperate to monetize. Xbox One console exclusive racer Forza Motorsport 7 was savaged for its intrusive microtransaction system, which resulted in them deciding to announce the microtransactions would be removed this Winter. Microsoft went one step further by announcing that there will not be any microtransactions in the upcoming Forza Horizon 4. It’s strange to see Gran Turismo announce they’d be adding these in the same week Forza introduces a new zero tolerance policy towards them.

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