PS4 racer Driveclub has microtransactions and here's how they work

You can use real money to unlock cars early, but not to purchase in-game "Fame" credits.

Upcoming PlayStation 4 racing game Driveclub will let you pay real money to unlock cars early, it has been revealed. It's par for the course for Sony racing games (and Microsoft's for that matter), as Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation 3 also features microtransactions.

Speaking with IGN, Driveclub game director Paul Rustchynsky acknowledged that microtransactions are a hot-button issue for gamers, but stressed that the way in which such mini-payments are implemented in Driveclub should not affect the overall game balance.

"It's been a hot topic of late inside gaming, and we've been very keen to take on board the feedback from gamers and make sure we don’t upset anyone," Rustychynsky said. "So, in Driveclub, what we've done is make sure that the progression system is really straightforward, really simple, and gives you access to a lot of content really quickly."

"In Driveclub you earn Fame, and as you earn Fame, you level up. Every time you level up, we give you another car. There's no double gating or anything along those lines, you're given the car straight away without having to do anything else," he added. "The only thing we do have is a couple of shortcuts."

"If you want to unlock a car immediately, you can pay to unlock that car straight away but it's not a consumable microtransaction. We don't let people buy Fame, for example and spend lots and lots. The idea is if you want to shortcut things you can do--it's identical to what we did in Motorstorm RC. So if you played that, you know what we're doing here."

Of course, these microtransactions are entirely optional. For Gran Turismo 6, microtransactions are an alternate path for busy people, according to Sony. It sounds like their purpose is similar for Driveclub.

Driveclub launches October 7 only on PS4. Just today, Sony announced that it had reversed its controversial upgrade deal for the PlayStation Plus version of the game. For more, be sure to read GameSpot's previous coverage, including our interview with Rustchynsky.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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140 comments
DEATH775
DEATH775

Well I guess if you can play the game without having to pay anything then I'm game. If the game is really that damn good, then yes I will pay a little bit of money to show my support. So far I am enjoying Sony's F2P Destiny of Spirit. Not paying anything after more than a month of playing the damn thing. Really is addictive. 

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Do you get to pick which car you unlock or do you have to get what you are given? That could be annoying.

Master_Of_Fools
Master_Of_Fools

Project Cars gets my money, and on Wii U none the less.

AlfaxD_Centauro
AlfaxD_Centauro

Casual audience and non gamers that have money to spare than time to play games, instead of unlocking the same content with progression and simple challenges. 

Synesthasa
Synesthasa

This doesn't sound unfair. Its not a requirement. You can buy the car or earn it.

Beasley2K
Beasley2K

I've never used microtransactions and I never will, especially not now. I just wish developers would put everyone on a level playing field rather than giving some people the option to shortcut everyone else.

triton1977
triton1977

Forza Horizon 2 feels like the better option.

At least there will be more cars to choose from.

Horizon 2 is going to be one sexy beast.

bafalcon
bafalcon

So they want you to pay more money for cars you won't even be able to frive straight away until your fame goes up which will probably unlock those cars anyway


jeffgost
jeffgost

So, i can unlock cars with money but i need Fame to drive them? Right? But i can't buy Fame? Right? I'm not understanding this MT stuff in Driveclub,  could someone enlight me in this? I can unlock stuffs earlier with money, but what kind os stuff we are talking about? Cars, i know, but what kind of car i can buy?

Silithas
Silithas

Thanks for letting me know the reason to not get the game.

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

I'll probably get the game but I'll level up and get everything myself, the hard way like I've done since I was a kid.


These days games are dumbed down and now kids can just swipe they're parent's credit card and win and then they think they're awesome, losers.


And of course the excuse of the company's.....It's for people who don't have time.


Yeah right, piss off.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

At least forza 5  is an amazing game even with microtransactions.Driveclub gameplay was horrible and its been pushed back way to many times because of it.The game will get an average 6 plus it will be lucky to sell around 500,000 and thats due to hype.With that and now microtransactions damn driveclub is a flop waiting to happen

Pupchu
Pupchu

Hmmm... Skeptic...

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

microtransactions, bleeeeeee....

i_police
i_police

i HATE microtransactions in any form

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

So its dead before it even launches? This seems to be the case with most AAA games announced anyways.

sammoth
sammoth

And they bitched about Forza 5 Mircotransactions

Vodoo
Vodoo

It seems like most of you are making a mountain out of a mole hill. It sounds like you're able to unlock cars the same way you do in every other racing game. Forza 5 did the double pay-wall bullshit where once you unlock the car, then you have to buy it with the in-game currency. So all you unlocked was the ability to buy it. They eventually fixed it after enough backlash.

But this game seems like it's doing normal progression and giving you the option to cut a few corners. I play Forza 5 every day and as long as it doesn't try to double-dip like Forza, I'm fine with it.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

News on this game just keeps getting stranger and stranger.

svaubel
svaubel

I love how devs/publishers have to justify their own BS business practices these days.


thatguy2001
thatguy2001

Such a shame that this is what gaming is coming to. This is simply double dipping. If people are so pressed for time, then why are they playing in the first place. I'm sick of this bullshit reasoning for these micro transactions. Because of a a few busy people, you ruin the experience for the rest of us. There is no sense of accomplishment anymore when one can simply pay real money to unlock something another has worked so hard for. Takes all the fun out of it.

nurnberg
nurnberg

You know what micro-transactions will never buy?  Skill.  Enjoy wasting your money, "busy people" who don't have time to play the game properly.

nurnberg
nurnberg

This game is better not be a 500 hours grind if you refuse to get scammed with micro-transactions.

huyi12
huyi12

dear oh dear, well that's another racer gone on my list, i will stick to the ps+ version, no need to give them my money they don't deserve especially when it's going to cost me £50 and they expect more out of me, disgusting, but it was expected.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Oh well.. it is just the way it is.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

seems fair to me. As long as they don't have a level 1 racer driving in a super car vs a level 1 racer in a sports car. the matchmaking should be based on level and what car the racer is using. If not then this game is just going to be pay to win.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

You guys don't understand this is simply Driveclub utilizing the "Add Funds" minigame.  It's a feature!

digitm64
digitm64

Hate pay to win.  Whatever happened to using skill to win.

xantufrog
xantufrog

I remember investing SO many hours in GT3 etc to unlock cars - what I'm annoyed about here is the pay-to-skip, not the play-to-unlock part of this system

vladric
vladric

lol and everyone was griping about Forza. Now Sony is doing the same thing. LOL. 

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

Sounds like every Need for Speed and Burnout game since PS3/Xbox gen

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@jeffgost  No, you can unlock cars by either earning Fame or buying the unlock for a car.

Martyr77
Martyr77

@sammoth I hate microtransactions in any form but Forza 5 was A LOT worse than this.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

@sammoth Gamers bitched because Forza 5's content was cut in half over the previous title. Seems like a scumbag thing to do, just to release the game at launch. In any case, why would the microtransactions bother you if it has nothing to do with P2W?

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@thatguy2001  I guess nobody is forcing you to buy these unlocks if they take away the fun for you. Why should people who don't have a lot of time be able to play?

sandman338
sandman338

@thatguy2001 How does it ruin the experience for you if someone else pays for a car instead of plays for a car?  I love to earn things in games myself but I don't have a problem with someone else doing something else in their own game.  I think the 'micro transactions' give players even more freedom to play the games the way they want,

jk12324
jk12324

@huyi12  @huyi12  No they didn't.  That CVG article makes it quite clear that he was talking about "consumable microtransactions".  In case you didn't know what that meant, it means gems/coins/resources, whatever currency the game employs (in Driveclub's case it's fame).  Those "consumable" microtransactions are designed to suck the player out of countless cash as they will need to buy more after they've spend it all.  It's never ending.


Driveclub microtransactions are just shortcuts to content.  Once you pay for that car, that's it, you get it to keep it and you won't have to pay another penny again to keep using that car, therefore it's not "consumable".

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@huyi12  I don't see the part where you have to spend money to get anything, can you point it to me?


It's so damn funny, half the people who complain say things like "It's no fun earning things anymore when those who have money can just buy them" (as if money is not earned, in most cases at least) and the other half is like "You want our money after we buy the game?! Outrageous!"


Yet both sides forget you CAN, in fact, still earn those things just like you could if there were no microtransactions to get to them faster. No reason to use money, no reason to feel like you've accomplished any less. If anything, you should feel even better! "Yeah, I earned this sweet ride myself, unlike those guys over there who just bought it."

Pupchu
Pupchu

@Tomcat2007 "Add Funds minigame"..? Adding funds to the PSstore is a minigame now..?

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@xantufrog Pay to skip really only hurts the person paying for it so long as the system is set up fairly.  By that I mean having car class races and balance between the members of that class.  I still don't understand the concept of paying more than the entry fee to devalue your own game by taking away some of its progression.