Turn10: People have misread our intentions with FM5
Forza Motorsport 5, while generally acclaimed, has received a less warm reception than usual for the series. Dan Greenawalt, Creative Director at Turn10, tried to explain exactly what happened in an interview just published on Eurogamer: apparently, he feels that with FM5, their intentions have been misread.
I have to be honest, our team takes great pride in what lights up our players, and community’s the heart of what we do. So it’s been disappointing. I’m not disappointed in people – people feel how they feel. I’m more disappointed in myself that I’ve elicited this reaction in people. I think the biggest travesty for me is how people have misread our intentions, because that’s just been sad – community’s the biggest thing for us, and the whole point is to get people excited about cars and excited about games, so people saying we’ve changed the economy for this reason and we removed this feature for that reason – I understand it, because perception’s reality, and people start believing what they believe, but I know it’s not the thought process we went through to make the decisions we made.
Greenawalt later explicitly claims that Turn10’s intent is to win back FM5 fans in the long term.
What I can say is that we’re absolutely committed to Forza Motorsport 5. And we’re going to be doing more updates, and more serious updates, than we’ve done in the past. It’s about supporting Xbox One and the community that’s playing Forza 5. The nice thing about Xbox One is that it’s fairly easy to make changes and make updates, and we’re getting a lot of data and telemetry. We have a really broad customer base – and while I love the people on the Forza forums, their play-style isn’t indicative of the overall community that’s playing the game.
My biggest hope is that we can win back the fan’s trust – we didn’t do this for any other reason besides getting people excited about cars and games, and whenever we work against that purpose we take that very seriously, because it’s not our intention, and we’re going to make changes as needed.
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