Forza Motorsport 7’s divisive Prize Crates have been permanently removed from the game, as part of the title’s November 2018 content update.
First announced in July this year, the scrapping of the system is a response to player feedback, with the “overwhelming” impression being “the system [felt] out of place in the game“.
Replacing the Prize Crates is a ‘Race Shop’ marketplace, which players can purchase ‘Mods’ singleplayer race modifiers, ‘Driver Gear’ avatar skins and profile badges. The stock selection will change every six minutes, and players can only buy the items with currency earned in-game.
Additional features and additions are also featured in the update. The game’s collision model has been revised for instance, with changes to the way tyre friction and track energy dissipation are calculated meaning players are less likely to be spun out or lose control of the car in on-track collisions.
Complementing these changes is a new ‘Collision Assist’ that, when activated, will further prevent a loss of car control in a crash. According to developer Turn 10 Studios, the Collision Assist has been designed to curb griefing in multiplayer races, which often manifests itself in dive bomb smashes into the first corner on the first lap.
Rounding off the November 2018 content update are eight cars that are free for all players. As well as the seven previously-announced cars in the Hot Wheels Anniversary Pack, all Forza Motorsport 7 players will be gifted the Porsche 917/30 “Turbo Panzer” (pictured) – an up-to-1,580bhp prototype racing car that dominated the Can-Am series in 1973, with eventual champion Mark Donohue’s car winning six of the eight races that year.