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Gran Turismo 7’s New Microtransactions are Not Impressing

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After an eight-year hiatus, Polyphony Digital's flagship PlayStation franchise returns today with Gran Turismo 7.  Alongside it on the PlayStation Store are some microtransactions that take a somewhat different approach than the one seen in Gran Turismo Sport.

In Gran Turismo Sport, microtransactions came as a post-launch upgrade and players could buy specific cars for a defined price. Only cars worth up to 2 million in-game credits were accessible for purchase. Gran Turismo 7, on the other hand, removes that restriction and just sells in-game currency. Prices range from $2.55 for 100,000 credits to $21.15 for 2,000,000 credits.

The feature is pretty disappointing, given that once a player has rolled credits in Gran Turismo 7, they'll have to churn out credits in races and events to buy some of the more expensive vehicles. It's impossible to sell cars from your own collection, unlike previous Gran Turismo games. Additionally, a new Legend Cars section on the World Map features a rotating selection of the game's most expensive cars.

So far, the most expensive we've seen is just over 3 million credits. However, fans spotted a 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer with a price tag of 20 million credits in Sony's State of Play earlier this year. This car would cost you just shy of $211.62 if you went the microtransaction route. It's not quite Star Citizen money. However, it's not exactly a welcome addition to a game that costs $92.57 on PlayStation 5.

It's a major flaw in what is otherwise a great game. Polyphony Digital commemorates the series' 25th anniversary with possibly the most focused and finely tuned Gran Turismo yet.


So, what’s your take? What do you think about Gran Turismo 7’s microtransactions? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.