The latest update to Microsoft and Turn 10's racing game Forza Motorsport 7, the less arcadey side of the Forza coin, has officially done away with loot boxes, replacing them instead with the Race Shop, where you can buy whatever, whenever.
Of course, this only scratches the surface of what the update entails but it is one of the main talking points, seeing as how the concept of loot boxes has never had a worse reputation than today. Turn 10 wrote that the "item lineup in the Race Shop is a mixture of Mod cards, Driver Gear and badges", with the inventory refreshing every six minutes and purchasable with in-game credits.
Forza Motorsport 7 is also taking part in celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Hot Wheels brand, adding seven of its car models to the fray. We're looking at classic models like Twin Mill and Bone Shaker, as well new ones like 970 Hot Wheels Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, the 1969 Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport Coupe and the 1963 Hot Wheels Volkswagen Beetle.
As for November's spotlight car, Turn 10 Studios presents the legendary 1973 Porsche #6 Penske Sunoco 917/30 Can-Am Spyder. Although its looks are likely to split opinions, then and now, we're looking at a 45-year-old vehicle that held a closed course speed record for 20 years, so yeah. It's not all in the looks, is it?
Perhaps the most important part of the update, at least as far as gameplay goes, is the new collision model, which adds improved energy dissipation and tire friction model, multiplayer collision resolution and a new collision assist setting. Once you've brushed all the math aside, the changes mean fewer spins in side-by-side contact, more tolerance to taps while drifting and "griefers dive-bombing into Turn 1 will have less of an effect on the rest of the field".
Turn 10 and Microsoft will be throwing a bunch of Hot Wheels Forzathon and rivals events in November, as well as new Hot Wheels leagues, the details of which can be found in Forza Motorsport 7's official patch notes here.