Gran Turismo 7: Kazunori Yamauchi talks about car prices and apologizes for server problems

With a long message Kazunori Yamauchi talked about the problems of Gran Turismo 7 servers of the changes to the credits earned from races.

Kazunori Yamauchi, the boss of Polyphony Digital, has shared a message addressed to all players of Gran Turismo 7 for PS5 and PS4, explaining the reasons why the servers are still offline and apologizing for the inconvenience caused. Not only that, Yamauchi also talks about the reasons behind the changes made to the rewards of some races, which so much have turned the nose of the community in recent hours.

The post was published on the official website of Gran Turismo 7 shortly after the publication of the patch 1.08, now available on PS5 and PS4.

“I want to explain what happened in this update (1.07),” Yamauchi says. “Immediately prior to the release of update 1.07, we discovered an issue where the game would not start correctly in some cases on PS4 and PS5. This is a rare issue that we did not encounter in our testing with dev kits or in our pre-release QA sessions, but in order to prioritize the safety of users’ save data, we decided to stop releasing patch 1.07 and release the corrective update 1.08. This is the reason for the delay. My sincere apologies for reporting this to you late.”

Next, Yamauchi talked about the changes to race rewards, which actually make it more difficult to earn credits in Gran Turismo 7 and purchase cars without resorting to microtransactions.

The Polyphony Digital boss explains that the changes are not intended to incentivize users to spend real money, but rather to avoid situations in which a player mechanically repeats the same races over and over again and asking users to observe the evolution of the game with a long-term view.

“In this update, some event rewards have been changed. I want to explain the reasons and our plans for the future,” says Yamauchi. “In Gran Turismo 7, I would like users to enjoy many cars and races even without microtransactions. Likewise, the price of cars is an important element that conveys their value and rarity, so I think it’s important that it reflects real-world prices. I want to make GT7 a game where you can have fun with a variety of cars and in many different ways, and if possible, I’d like to try to avoid a situation where a player has to mechanically keep repeating certain events over and over again.”

“We will let you know in time about plans for additional content, event races and features that will solve this problem in a constructive way. It pains me not to be able to explain the details on this at this time, but we plan to continue tweaking GT7 so that as many users as possible can enjoy the game. We would really appreciate it if everyone could observe the growth of Gran Turismo 7 from a longer-term perspective.”