The worst part of 2013’s Forza Motorsport 5 wasn’t the lacking car and track lists. It was the microtransactions. They were everywhere. I was thrilled to find that they were completely absent from Forza Motorsport 6 this fall.
Well, they’re back, but only if you want them.
Forza 6 didn’t appear on too many financial accolades lists after its September release. It’s a tentpole series for Microsoft, but as it struggles to carve out a niche despite having a solid foundation, it struggles to expand its fanbase outside Forza fans. I’d imagine it’s having a hard time making money. Microtransactions may be a necessary evil to ensure the series can continue at the quality level it has in the past.
Here’s the thing, though: I’m not mad. When a developer says microtransactions are optional, they’re usually saying that we should get our nickels and dimes ready, even if not in so many words. With Turn 10, though, it means it.
“Players who do not wish to see the token feature in Forza Motorsport 6 menus will have the option to disable this feature from appearing by turning Tokens off in the HUD Options menu,” Turn 10 said in a blog post.
Lots of games have microtransactions, but this is the first case I can think of that has an option to hide them entirely. While a few players will be offended at the very existence of the feature, this seems like the best of both worlds. Clearly, if it keeps bringing this feature back – through Forza 4, 5, and now 6 – there’s demand for it. People use it. But now those who don’t use it don’t have to see the constant reminder. If your game has to have microtransactions, this is a pretty cool way to do it.