Remove the new micro-transactions from Gran Turismo Sport
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Last year, in the lead up to the release of Gran Turismo Sport, Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi stated during a Q&A event at PlayStation Experience South East Asia in Kuala Lumpur that there would be no micro-transactions present in the game.
However, a new update has brought in the inclusion of micro-transactions where players are able to purchase cars in-game with real-world money via the PlayStation Store.
We believed that Gran Turismo Sport initially set a good example with no inclusion of micro-transactions or loot boxes, which has been a major talking point in the gaming industry since last year, and are disappointed that Sony Interactive Entertainment and Polyphony Digital have added in this system despite confirmation from Yamauchi-san that they would not be present in-game.
This comes at a time where after months of backlash, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have removed all micro-transactions & loot boxes from Forza Motorsport 7, and will not be present in the upcoming release of Playground Games' Forza Horizon 4 later this year. In comparison, the news about micro-transactions in Gran Turismo is disappointing, to say the least.
However, it's not too late to push back against this system. Sign the petition, share it on social media and message boards, send it to major sources & influencers & perhaps we may able to put a stop to micro-transactions ruining paid-purchasable games even further.
Nearly 15,000 people signed a petition last year to keep micro-transactions & loot boxes away from first-party PlayStation titles and this news goes completely against that. We can get Polyphony Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment to stop this as well if we create enough attention.
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