Update: Gran Turismo 7 earned the unfortunate accolade of having the lowest Metacritic user score in Sony exclusive history. The score of 2.2 – which is still falling – puts it below Cool Boarders 2001 on PS1. It’s a strong message from fans (and, presumably, some trolls) that Polyphony Digital has work to do.
Original story: Gran Turismo 7’s reception has been overwhelmingly positive so far this week, but a series of unforced errors have caused the sim racer’s reputation to plummet. Following a patch – which adjusted the release’s in-game currency payouts, then ultimately broke the game – fans took to sites like Metacritic to review the bombshell title.
At the time of writing, it commands a user score of 2.5/10, with most of the harsher ratings arriving in recent days. “If you are a casual gamer like me you are f****d,” one person wrote. “Microtransactions are present and some cars are impossible to buy without real money or insane work. You can’t play the game without an internet connection!
Another said: ‘So cars you can’t afford in real life can’t afford in this shitty game either! Stop buying Gran Turismo 7 and let them know what they’ll lose! This is a reference to series creator Kazunori Yamauchi’s recent statement, in which he said he wanted the price of cars in the game to reflect their “value and rarity” in real life.
In a controversial statement, Yamauchi explained, “In Gran Turismo 7, I would like users to enjoy lots of cars and races, even without microtransactions. At the same time, the price of cars is an important element that reflects their value and rarity, so I think it is important that it is linked to real world prices. I want to make Gran Turismo 7 a game where you can enjoy a variety of cars in different ways, and if possible, I’d like to try to avoid a situation where a player has to mechanically keep replaying certain events over and over. .
A patch this week halved the payout for popular “farming” spots, potentially pushing players into controversial microtransactions to top up their currency. Gran Turismo 7 allows you to pay real-money credit denominations, which you can then use to purchase virtual vehicles.
It looks like Polyphony Digital has plans to rebalance the in-game economy by adding additional events and content, but obviously they can’t outline their full roadmap at this time: “We’ll let you know in due course of update plans for additional content, additional races, events and additional features that will constructively address this issue. It pains me that I cannot explain the details on this at this time, but we We plan to continue revising Gran Turismo 7 so that as many players as possible can enjoy the game. We would really appreciate it if everyone could watch the growth of Gran Turismo 7 from a slightly longer term perspective.
Of course, the situation wasn’t helped by the fact that the patch released to overhaul the title’s economy ended up breaking the entire game, taking the servers offline for over 24 hours. Polyphony Digital then did a poor job of communicating what was going on, and since the title requires an internet connection even for single-player content, this made the £70/$70 runner largely unplayable.
Now it’s up to the Tokyo-based developer to restore the goodwill. It’s been a while now, but Gran Turismo 7 was well received when it was released about two weeks ago, and feedback has been unanimously positive ever since. We think Polyphony Digital will end up being good, but this week proved to be a tough lesson for the legendary team.