After over 24 hours of GT7 being unplayable on PS4 and PS5, the servers have been brought back online. The controversy over the economy should nevertheless last for a long time.
The latest maintenance for Gran Turismo 7, released following update 1.07, turned into a fiasco. The game was unplayable for more than 24 hours? Why ? It’s still blurry. On the other hand, the problems on the microtransactions still remain after the restoration of the servers.
An inaccessible game, even solo
Following the release of the 1.07 update, Polyphony Digital detected an issue that required maintenance. Until then, nothing abnormal, except that this hard suspension lasted more than 24 hours without any real explanation being given. And the catch is that Gran Turismo 7 wasn’t even playable offline due to requiring login. Only Arcade and Rally Music modes were accessible. But obviously, it was very meager and it ultimately blocked any real progress.
Gran Turismo 7: the hell of microtransactions?
Since its launch, Gran Turismo 7 has been the subject of fears and criticism regarding the investment required to unlock cars or improve them. We had alerted on the subject in our test.
And with patch 1.07, Polyphony Digital has further reduced the number of credits obtained after a victory, thus leading to a more intensive grind than before… which would encourage virtual pilots to use microtransactions. This is where the rub is because the game is sold at its normal price, and not as a free-to-play. As a result, we have the feeling of reliving what happened with Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Apologies from Kazunori Yamauchi
Normally, Gran Turismo is available again on PlayStation 5 and 4. Creator Kazunori Yamauchi apologized, then explained that the issue spotted with patch 1.07 could not have been identified upstream. But for the economy of the game, not sure that the changes will take place anytime soon.
In GT7, I would like players to be able to enjoy lots of cars and races, even without resorting to microtransactions. At the same time, the price of cars is an important element that illustrates their value and rarity, so I think it needs to be aligned with real life prices.
I want Gran Turismo 7 to be a game in which you can enjoy a wide variety of cars, and if possible, I would like to try to avoid a situation where a player has to repeat the same events over and over again.
We will inform you in due course of our plans for additional content, the addition of racing events and other features that will constructively solve this problem..
Gran Turismo 7 is available on PS5 and PS4.