Square Enix has quietly brought a welcome change to its Final Fantasy racing game, Chocobo GP, by removing microtransactions and abandoning its free-to-play model. The recent update allows players to unlock all in-game items without spending real money, making the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.
The modification was spotted by eagle-eyed fans on Nintendeal, who noticed an update to the game’s eShop listing, now displaying a release date of June 15, 2023.
Chocobo GP originally had two versions: Chocobo GP Lite, free-to-play, and Chocobo GP, priced at $50. However, both versions were plagued by microtransactions, much to the players’ disappointment.
The updated version of Chocobo GP eliminates the need for microtransactions. Previously, players had to endure timed-exclusive content and purchase vehicle colors tied to specific seasons.
With the new update, all items can be unlocked through gameplay alone. Characters and costumes can also be obtained by grinding and progressing in the game.
The new download on the eShop is essentially the Chocobo GP Lite version, with an option to upgrade to the full game. Players can now purchase the “upgrade to the full game” DLC to access all the features and content.
Earlier in May, Square Enix had announced the discontinuation of Chocobo GP Lite in all regions, effective June 1. The in-game currency, Mythril, also lost its value on May 31. However, players who downloaded the game could continue playing and could upgrade to the full version.
Although it is disappointing that Square Enix confirmed in December 2022 that there would be no further significant updates, such as new characters or maps, after the Season 5 update on December 21, 2022, Chocobo GP still offers a substantial amount of content.
For fans seeking a Final Fantasy racing experience without the hindrance of microtransactions and free-to-play mechanics, Chocobo GP is worth exploring before the highly anticipated release of Final Fantasy 16.
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Square Enix has responded to player feedback and substantially improved Chocobo GP. By removing microtransactions and the ability to unlock all in-game items through gameplay , the game now provides a more enjoyable and accessible experience for Final Fantasy enthusiasts.
Although further updates are no longer expected, Chocobo GP remains a worthy title for fans seeking a Final Fantasy fix.