GRID Autosport players weren't particularly happy to see a Boost Pack DLC which increases experience gain in both career and online modes pop up a couple of weeks after the game's release, but a representative from Codemasters has taken to NeoGAF to justify the decision.
Community manager Ben Walke was fairly blunt in "in all honesty and without any PR bull****...it sells.", saying
Walke was referring to a similar pack released for GRID 2. He says there was an audience then and there will be an audience now. He's probably right, depressingly enough.
"There is a silent subset of players that do like that sort of content but whether or not it's here to stay is something the industry is yet to work out," he claimed. "I can't really say anything else, the only response I have for you is the total truth. I don't want to spin it or anything like that. I'll probably regret this post in the morning, but hey-ho :)"
Thecosts Â£2.39 and increases both experience earned in singleplayer career mode by 50%, and experience, cash and vehicle XP in online modes by 50%. Many players saw this as evidence that there was intentional grind in the game that could only be avoided by buying the pack, something which Walke denies.
"Under no circumstances did we make the game a grind on purpose (that much I can promise you)," he wrote. "In the grand scheme of things it's still relatively easy to progress via single player and online it's not that difficult to earn money. Especially with RaceNet challenges that have a significant weekly pay out. We're also improving repair costs so the 'grind' becomes less of a factor."
What do you think of these Boost Pack DLCs? As much as the concept irritates me, as long as people keep buying them I can't see them going away. Ubisoftgetting rid of them.
Codemasters responds to GRID Autosport Boost Pack criticism
18 July 2014 | By Nick Horth