Microtransactions Are Coming To Gran Turismo 6

By Ishaan . November 20, 2013 . 9:00am

Microtransactions are making their way into Gran Turismo 6, Sony have revealed via the PlayStation Blog in Europe (thanks, Polygon). You’ll be able to purchase additional cars and upgrades in the game.

 

Microtransactions will use special in-game “credits” that can be purchased either via the PlayStation Store or through retailers. They’ll come in denominations of 500k, 1 million, 2.5 million and 7 million, and you’ll be able to use them to purchase your cars and upgrades. The chart below provides an example of the in-game economy using these credits:

 

Gran Turismo 6 will be available on December 6th for the PlayStation 3. Sony have not yet announced how much real money the racer’s in-game credits will cost.


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  • GH56734

    Once again, videogame companies are showing their true colors…

    • Hector Velar

      it is not the video game companies, it is the customers that we support this style of business practice! where we not to support them and buy every single little crap they try to milk our cash with then they will not be doing this. We stop supporting it and it will be the end, as simple as that.

      • Setsu Oh

        INDEED! a small number of loud gamers complained about the microtransactions of DeadSpace3 and EA said it was widely $ucce$$full in the end.

  • Guest

    This game is actually quite ugly to watch.
    If you watch anything else than the cars you will see the ridiculously sad and ugly modeling and texturing work they have done.

    So they need micro’s to get more profit. ‘m a little bit worried of the sounds of this, but will wait and see before judging. (Which not a lot people do… Seriously “True colors”? -_-’)

    • ronin4life

      I wouldn’t say “True Colors” is far off for many… I certainly think it, at least time to time.

      This is the only of the big 3 to use the online pass and they also charge hideous prices for memory they mandate is needed for their newest handheld.

      But I will Edit to say that people shouldn’t jump the gun on this too hard, as it could very easily be unoffensive. While there are many that feel something like this existing at all in a paid game is criminal enough, there are tolerable levels and usages to this model.

    • Suicunesol

      What did you expect? Developers must always focus their efforts on the main draw. For Senran Kagura, it was boobs. For GT, it’s cars.

      You’ll be driving so fast that you won’t have a chance to look at every little blade of grass.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    -_- ……

  • Nas

    Before all the hate for micro-transaction, remember that these are all optional, your not being forced to buy these it’s only there for people who wants a head start or need extra cash.

    • PreyMantis

      Why not just have them as optional unlockables instead of buying them? It’s stupid and just a low thing to do to the people buying their already expensive game.

      • ARMs7777

        Its just credits. If you want to unlock credits in the game just race and grind like you did with all other GT games. Instead of grinding for weeks or months you have the option to purchase some credits.

        • dahuuuundge

          I do not believe microtransaction to unlock in game item is justified if the alternative to unlock them for free is to grind for weeks or monthes. As hard-earned reward for getting top place in those races and time trials sure, but establishing such a massive grind wall to unlock item is to encourage players who do not have that much time dedicating to one game or playing videogames in general pay to unlock instead of playing the game to unlock. What happens after you pay to unlock? The joy of the game is overcoming challenges and get rewarded, not pay for instant gratification.

          • icecoffemix

            That’s not for you to decide how other people enjoy their game.

            Guess what? You can just ignore the option exist entirely and enjoy the game like the way it did in the past.

            I must stress that locked-in IS awful, but that’s clearly not the case here.

          • PreyMantis

            And to have that thought in the back of my mind telling me that the game was stripped of some contents for the sake of getting more money from their fanbase? No, thanks. I’m content with my GT3.

          • ARMs7777

            What are you talking about. Buying credits does not unlock anything you can’t unlock in the game normally.

          • ARMs7777

            You oviously haven’t played GT. Its been like that since the very first game on the original Playstation.

            GT5 was designed to have players trade and gift cars. and to keep the communities playing for months. And there was no micro transaction until now with GT6.

        • PreyMantis

          From what I gathered from the article, the special in-game credits are “purchased either via the PlayStation Store or through retailers.” Please, provide evidences that the in-game credits can still be acquired by playing the game. This is just worrisome.

      • subsamuel01

        They are unlockable, the potion of purchasing them faster is what the micro transactions are for.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Here’s a video about why that logic doesn’t really work:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqNuS03k6gI

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

    GT 7…

  • icecoffemix

    Tell me you can get those credits ingame, which I don’t mind even if it take a long time to get. If not, it’s sad to see this kind of behavior from Polyphony Digital. :(

    • ARMs7777

      It sounds to me like its just regular in game credits. Instead of grinding for days for some of those 10,000,000 credit cars, you can spend some real money to get 7 million+ credit instantly. Most cars are well under a million credits but there always some that cost 2 million to 10 million. Also upgrades can cost close to 1 million on some cars.

      I remember spending months grinding to try and collect all cards and at some ponit i give up trying after collecting over 1,000 cars.

      • icecoffemix

        I hope that’s also the case here. I don’t really mind short cut DLC at all, it’s great for people who don’t really have time to grind or just want to quickly enjoy some hard to get things in the game (as long as it’s fair ingame, i.e. no stupidly ridiculous RNG God-defying drop rate) and player who do have time and/or enjoy the grinding could just ignore it entirely.

        Locked-in content DLCs however are *pure evil*.

  • PreyMantis

    Seriously? No, thank you, Sony, I’ll keep my GT3.

    • Setsu Oh

      what is wrong with gt4???

      • PreyMantis

        Nothing, but I don’t have that game with me, right now. My bro has it.

        • Setsu Oh

          oh, i thought it was a preferene over problems

  • Suicunesol

    GT7 new feature: Obtain loans and make monthly payments for your vehicles, for a more authentic, car-buying experience…

    • Zero_Destiny

      Update v 0.0.0.08.5: Pay for gas with real money!

      Ooooooooh boy. Looks like my GT6 exp will be ridding the bus. ;D

      Okay, I’m terrible person for that low blow joke, I know, I know. >___< lol

      • Setsu Oh

        ireally think they might pull that ‘prank’ of making us pay to wash our cars….

  • Brion Valkerion

    Yes they are just normal credits people. Just play the game the same way since Playstation 1 era and guess what, you can still get all the stuff in the game. Really wish people would think before they assume things.

  • ZEROthefirst

    Not sure why so many people are whining about this already, it’s an OPTIONAL thing to do if you don’t want to grind for credits by racing and such. It’s not forced, and if someone really wants to spend real money to get in game credits when it’s OPTIONAL, let them.

    If this was forced I could understand all of the complaining, but it’s not so calm down already.

    • Heisst

      You know what’d be better and how it was the standard in the past? In-game unlockables.

      • icecoffemix

        Is that relevant for this news? We don’t even know if those are DLC only car (seems to be not), if the credits is the same obtainable one like in the game they’re basically “in-game unlockables”.

      • ZEROthefirst

        The games still have in-game unlockables. You get a specific car for beating certain cups and full difficulties or whatever they’re called. Then you can win cars through events and such (granted these are random, but still within a car levels ticket). I’ve been playing Gran Turismo since the first game and every one since. The formula’s still the same, you win cars for completing things and you buy the others. the only difference is now some cars aren’t completely locked to completing set challenges.

        So please don’t make an un-educated post about how you think something is, when it’s still the same thing and has built upon it. I apologize for Polyphony adding an easy option for people to buy things without grinding, I reeeeally do :P

  • artemisthemp

    I doesn’t like Real life money for Fake Money, since you loses everything, if your save goes

  • jordanbobordan

    I love all of the butt hurt, horribly obtuse comments. It literally takes about 15-20 minutes to make 200-450k in GT5 (seasonal events, which WILL be in GT6. Giving someone the option to spend money on credits USUALLY pisses me off, because in most games you earn money at an obscenely low rate (Mechwarrior online). But this is absolutely not the case in GT. Earning money has never really been a challenge once you got past the sunday cup. I’m all for calling bullshit when you see it, but a lot of you just seem to be hoping on the hate-train.

  • https://twitter.com/DocFishz Jack

    Personally, I feel like microtransactions have a high probability of cheapening the game, but I can’t speak totally to the accuracy of that because I don’t know how Gran Turismo works.

    For me it calls into question 2 things: If there’s an option to buy unlockable content, is it appropriately balanced so that it’s fun to get by earning it legitimately? Second, is this game even that fun if you’re willing to buy content because it’s too tedious to play through yourself and unlock it?

    Maybe it just shows my biases to the older days of games, but it also kind of removes the prestige of unlocking something really cool. I mean yeah, cheat devices, but what is this if not an exploitation of cheating for modern devices? Probably the only in-game unlocks I’ve bought are Persona 4 Arena announcers and that’s because beating Score Attack that many times is pretty much an almost impossible scam. And I felt pretty dirty about that.

    • Setsu Oh

      i just think ppl hate microtransaction because of what they represent: an occasion for companies to mess(polite) with gamers.
      which very few actually do.

  • Setsu Oh

    i seriously HOPE all ofthe cars available for buying are cars available WITHOUT paying and money will just be a mean to getting them faster .
    if i cant get get my ford gt(charlie) or my skyline gtr (yukiko) without paying i ll wait for this game to be cheaper than i was ready to wait for.

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