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Gran Turismo 7 hits record low in users due to anger over microtransactions

Gran Turismo 7 has become the lowest rated Sony game metacriticalafter a recent update that made it difficult for players to unlock cars without paying real money.

At metacritical the user rating for Gran Turismo 7 has dropped to just 2.0. as Eurogamer notes that this is the lowest user score any game from PlayStation Studios or Sony Interactive Entertainment has ever received.

The declining user count reflects the community’s opinion on several issues that have plagued the game over the past few weeks.

Negative reviews came in earnest when prolonged maintenance was caused Gran Turismo 7 be unplayable for a day. The game returned offline after 30 hours, prompting an apology from the series creator.

However, the majority of these negative reviews were subsequently inundated with the addition of Gran Turismo 7‘s 1.07 update. That’s because the update reduced the rewards for in-game events, making it harder to unlock cars with free-earned currency.

Gran Turismo 7. Photo credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Gran Turismo 7. Photo credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Many believe this is a push by developer Polyphony Digital to get players paying real money for in-game microtransactions that can unlock cars without the same hassle. At the beginning of the month, fans had already criticized it Gran Turismo 7 Microtransactions as pretentious and expensive.

“Hello another game that ruined its economy because of microtransactions just after the launch/review window,” reads one user Gran Turismo 7 review, with the author adding that they “deeply regret” buying the game.

“Absolutely appalling, disgusting behavior by Polyphony and Sony. I never write reviews but felt compelled to warn people about the disgusting attempts to squeeze as much money as possible from a loyal fanbase,” reads another.

Some of the reviews specifically raise issues with the reward changes included in the 1.07 update.

Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7. PHOTO CREDIT: Polyphony Digital

“I was a GT Fan since I was a toddler and I couldn’t be more disappointed. It is unfinished, hardly improved GT sport and they just added a patch that makes the race rewards so low that it’s impossible to get rare cars without either grinding 12+ hours a day or spending hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of pounds to get the rare cars to get,” complains another player. calling on other fans to boycott the game.

Another review by user ErnestFisy called the microtransactions “annoying” and described the latest patch as a “terrible update [that reinforces] the pay-to-win aspect of the game”.

Over on the Gran Turismo 7 Reddit, a thread calling for a boycott of microtransactions, has received over 1,600 upvotes and hundreds of comments.

Gran Turismo 7 review
Gran Turismo 7. PHOTO CREDIT: Polyphony Digital

On the subject of microtransactions, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi said, “In GT7 I want users to enjoy lots of cars and races even without microtransactions. At the same time, the pricing of cars is an important element that conveys their value and rarity, so I think it is important that they are linked to real world prices.”

“I want to do GT7 A game where you can enjoy a variety of cars in many different ways and you want to try, if possible, to avoid a situation where a player has to mechanically repeat certain events over and over again,” added Yamauchi, who then shared this polyphony digitally attempts to “solve constructively” these problems.

In other news, Unity has shared a true-to-life movie showing how developers can take advantage of its game engine in 2022.

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Caroline Bleakley

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