Gran Turismo 7: the official video of "Vroom", the single from The FaNaTiX with Idris Elba

Gran Turismo 7: the official video of Vroom, the single from The FaNaTiX with Idris Elba

Gran Turismo 7

The YouTube channel PlayStation has released the official music video for The FaNaTiX single "Vroom" featuring Idris Elba, Lil TJay, Davido, Koffee and Moelogo. The single was made specifically Gran Turismo 7 and is part of the Polyphony Digital game soundtrack.

As you can guess, "Vroom" is a tribute to all car lovers, with the lyrics full of references. driving and various famous car brands, such as Bugatti and Maserati. In the video we can also glimpse several racing cars.

In recent months Sony is surprising us with marketing campaigns for its games that are a little different than in the past. Before we saw Aloy on the pages of Vanity Fair and in the form of sculpture in Florence, while now we have this particularly captivating musical collaboration (at least for fans of the genre), as well as the one with the insurance company Hagerty, which will set the dynamic prices of the legendary cars of Gran Turismo 7.

Gran Turismo 7 is now available exclusively for PS5 and PS4. If you haven't done so yet, we suggest you read our review of the latest Polyphony Digital effort.

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Gran Turismo 7’s Microtransactions Are Totally Out Of Control

Gran Turismo 7 will charge as much as $40 for a fancy car.

Credit: Sony

You might think paying $70 for a video game would be enough, but you’d be wrong.

While I have no problem with actual DLC or even some cosmetic items in premium pay-to-play video game item shops, there comes a point when we must say enough is enough.

Gran Turismo 7 appears to be one of those instances.

Chris Scullion, writing at VGC, has a good rundown of just how excessive the new racing game’s shop is—and how manipulative its pricing schemes are. He notes that the shop was not live when reviewers had access to the game, making it difficult for anyone playing the game before release to have a clear understanding of what the post-release revenue model would look like.

In the game, you can purchase credits with real money to then purchase items in the game itself, including cars and vehicle upgrades. These credits come in four amounts. As per usual, buying more gets you credits cheaper. Here are the four tiers:

  • 100,000 credits – $2.49 / £1.99
  • 250,000 credits – $4.99 / £3.99
  • 750,000 credits – $9.99 / £7.99
  • 2,000,000 credits – $19.99 / £15.99
  • In Gran Turismo Sport, you could purchase vehicles with real money rather than credits, with cars ranging from $0.99 to $4.99. Now, prices have gone up and in order to make a purchase you need to buy credits. But credits don’t necessarily come in the right size package.

    “A large number of hi-spec cars also cost 1,000,000 credits, but there’s no option to buy 1,000,000 credits from the PlayStation Store,” writes Scullion.

    “As such, players running low on credits looking to buy a million-credit car will have to buy 750,000 and 250,000 credits for a total cost of $15, or 2,000,000 for $20.”

    This is pretty devious, modeled after the anti-consumer practices in the mobile gaming industry.

    Scullion also notes that “a Porsche 919 Hybrid 16, which can be bought for $2.99 in Gran Turismo Sport, can only be bought for 3,000,000 credits, which would require the player to spend at least $40.”

    Apparently in a pre-release State Of Play video some legendary cars cost as much as 20 million credits—$200 in real money. That’s . . . crazy. Crazy greedy. While those cars haven’t shown up in the game yet—and maybe never will—it’s still pretty galling.

    I generally have mixed feelings about item shops in premium games. For instance, I find the current Call Of Duty model—which has an Item Shop with character skins, weapon blueprints, other cosmetics etc. coupled with an optional Battle Pass—much better than the previous map-pack based revenue model. It’s all optional and all the post-release maps and weapons are free to all players (though some weapons have to be unlocked with rather tedious challenges).

    This keeps the players all on the same page rather than locking out some players from DLC maps. Players who decide to buy skins for Operators or fancy weapon blueprints from guns they can play with for free are making a choice and one that doesn’t really impact gameplay (though some of those Blueprints do give advantages).

    This is all also much better than gambling-based loot boxes . Everyone made such a fuss about after Overwatch popularized that trend that most games have abandoned them altogether, and good riddance.

    Still, when you see game publishers selling vehicles in a game like Gran Turismo 7 for this much money, you can’t help but think things were better back before all of this, when you just expected everything to be in the game from the get-go. Expansions with actual new content, sure. We’ll pay for those happily enough. They cost a lot to develop and release. But cars in a car game?


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