Sony has nerfed the rewards pool in Gran Turismo 7 by slashing the currency players earned during races. In turn, farming races in Gran Turismo 7 is now almost impossible making the game an even bigger grind while also nudging players towards the ridiculous in-game purchases.
Yesterday, Sony issues an update 1.07 for Gran Turismo 7 that specifically targetted balancing tw0 late-game races that players were using to earn an abundance of credits which they then used to purchase new vehicles.
This isn’t going down as well as Sony hoped. Players have since criticised the company for pushing the in-game purchase store which enables gamers to use real money to purchase credits. Keep in mind that cars in Gran Turismo 7 can cost up to seven times more than they did in GT Sport so clearly, there’s a hidden intention here to enforce microtransactions over earning credits through racing.
Gran Turismo 7’s entire car lineup is designed to make players either grind for credit, which is now harder than ever or dive into the real money store. Unlike past entries in the series, you can’t sell your cars in your collection either which means credits aren’t easily obtained.
While this isn’t an issue when you first start playing the game, the late-game grind in Gran Turismo 7 becomes a real chore. The best vehicles cost a lot of credit and the fact that the “legendary” vehicles also rotate in and out of the marketplace makes it difficult to save up for a specific car before losing the opportunity to buy it.
Due to this issue, players came up with a specific race tracklist that rewarded the best credit in the least amount of time. However, Sony is determined to intentionally reduce these rewards earned from this selection of tracks.
The official changelog for these tracks sees some race rewards cut by over half.
- World Touring Car 800: 24 heures du Mans Racing Circuit: 5,000 Cr – 70,000 Cr
- World Touring Car 800: Monza Circuit: 5,000 Cr – 70,000 Cr
- World Rally Challenge: Alsace Village: 50,000 Cr – 30,000 Cr
- Dirt Champions: Fisherman’s Ranch: 65,000 Cr – 30,000 Cr
- Dirt Champions: Sardegna Windmills: 65,000 Cr – 40,000 Cr
- Dirt Champions: Colorado Springs Lake: 65,000 Cr – 40,000 Cr
- GT Cup Gr. 4: HIgh-Speed Ring: 65,000 Cr – 35,000 Cr
- GT Cup Gr. 4: Brands Hatch GP Circuit: 65,000 Cr – 45,000 Cr
- GT Cup Gr. 3: Spa Francorchamps: 75,000 Cr – 50,000 Cr
- GT Cup Gr. 3: Suzuka Circuit: 75,000 Cr – 50,000 Cr
- GT Cup Gr. 3: Autodrome Lago Maggiore: 75,000 Cr – 50,000 Cr
- Clubman Cup Plus: High Speed Ring: 35,000 Cr – 25,000 Cr
- Clubman Cup Plus: Tsukuba Circuit: 35,000 Cr – 25,000 Cr
- Clubman Cup Plus: Goodwood: 35,000 Cr – 12,000 Cr
- American Clubman Cup 700: Special Stage Route X: 30,000 Cr – 15,000 Cr
- American FR Challenge 550: Blue Moon Bay Speedway : 15,000 Cr – 10,000 Cr
- American FR Challenge 550: Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca: 15,000 Cr – 10,000 Cr
- American FR Challenge 550: Willow Springs Raceway: 15,000 Cr – 10,000 Cr
Sadly, when we reviewed Gran Turismo 7 the in-game store wasn’t available so it was hard to judge how badly the game would adjust to the implementation of microtransaction.