‘Gran Turismo 6′ microtransaction details surface
The upcoming racer’s microtransactions have been detailed, revealing a 4 tier pricing system for buying in-game currency.
It’s no secret that the upcoming PS3 exclusive Gran Turismo 6 will include microstransactions; a first for the series. However, the details of how exactly these would work in the game was kept under wraps till now. With the launch date of December 6 visible on the horizon, Sony has seen fit to lift the veil on microtransactions.
In-game, Gran Turismo uses a virtual currency called credits which players use to buy cars and parts. Normally, players would earn these credits by performing well in races and rising through the ranks. That progression system is intact in GT6, however, couch racers now have the option to speed up the grind using real money to buy credits.
Credits can be bought in 4 different price tiers, as shown on the Playstation store. Note that the figures in euros and pounds are the official prices, since the pricing details for the Americas have not yet been revealed as yet.
- 500,000 In-Game Credits (£3.99/€4.99/$6.80)
- 1 Million In-Game Credits (£7.99/€9.99/$13.55)
- 2,500,000 In-Game Credits (£15.99/€19.99/$27.10)
- 7 Million In-Game Credits (£39.99/€49.99/$67.70)
To get some perspective, one of the most expensive cars in the game – the Jaguar XJ13 – costs 20 million credits to obtain. Sony insists that microtransactions will not give anyone an unfair advantage, but have been included to give players a shortcut to the cars they want, should they wish to take it. So if you really really want the Jaguar XJ13 as soon as the game comes out, you can shell out £120 (almost $200) to get it without winning a single race. The video below shows the GT6 dealership so you can get a better idea of the in-game pricing of all the cars.
Meanwhile, the of Ronda in Spain has named a street after Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the Gran Turismo series.
Kazunori Yamauchi is well known amongst both automotive enthusiasts and gamers for his pivotal role in making the Gran Turismo franchise what it is today. However, the game designer’s name will become famous in the city of Ronda in Spain for a slightly different reason. Kazunori Yamauchi is now a street.
Yamauchi was in Spain to promote the launch of the latest iteration of his brainchild, Gran Turismo 6. It was there that city officials surprised him with the news. In recognition of Yamauchi’s work, the Paseo de Kazunori is now the name of the walkway near the famous Puente Nuevo bridge. The city of Ronda apparently has a thing for naming streets after famous personalities. Kazunori Yamauchi street is sandwiched between Ernest Hemmingway street and Orson Welles street. Next time you’re in Ronda, take your car around town. Then you can tell everyone how you drove over Kazunori Yamauchi.
Gran Turismo 6 will be out worldwide exclusively for the PS3 on the 6th of December.