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Xbox One exclusive ‘Forza 5’ microtransactions not a directive from Microsoft

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Despite Xbox One exclusive Forza Motorsport 5 developer Turn 10 being a Microsoft studio, creative director Dan Greenawalt insists that there was no directive from the platform holder regarding microtransactions, according to a report today from MCV-UK.

Greenawalt, in an interview with Eurogamer, said that Turn 10 has autonomy from Microsoft regarding Forza 5, and any microtransaction decisions came from the studio itself.

“Honestly I think, unfortunately, people attribute too much communication to this organization,” Greenawalt said. “The truth is, at Turn 10 while I'm a Microsoft employee, we're off-site and we have our own culture and work our product to have our own culture. We have our own process and all of that.”

So though Microsioft said Turn 10 was “doing a good thing” with the microtransactions in Forza 5, there was no mandate from above, Greenawalt said.

Also, Greenawalt believes that gamers are mistaking the microtransactions in Forza 5 as a paywall, which he calls an “accelerator.”

“… If I'm honest we introduced this in Forza 4 with the car tokens,” Greenawalt said. “A lot of people noticed and thought it can be introduced where it's not a paywall, and people don't seem to be up in arms because it's just an accelerator.”

However, Greenawalt understands the resistance to the new formula, as gamers have expressed feeling “short-sheeted” with the microtransactions.

“I think people are looking out for being short-sheeted, and they're seeing conspiracy where there isn't one. And that's common in today's age,” Greenawalt said.

Turn 10 has experimented with the microtransactions with Forza 4 and Horizon, and now Forza 5, but Greenawalt said if they get an experiment wrong they “try to fix them.”


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