After announcing that it would cease further support for the game, including the end of regular seasons updates with new characters and maps, by the start of this month, Square Enix has seemingly refreshed the way in which it offers its 2022 Final Fantasy-themed Nintendo Switch kart racer.
As of the end of last month, the previous free “Lite” version and paid, full version of Chocobo GP have been rolled into one, paid product on the Nintendo Switch eShop. On top of this, Square Enix has reinstated all of the added content that was previously locked behind paid currency microtransactions and timed events and made it all available to unlock simply by playing the game.
Chocobo GP’s paid “Mythril” currency was delisted a while back, but now with this new version of the game the content that it previously unlocked can be acquired again through gameplay, as is also the case with things like timed-exclusive vehicle colours.
Square Enix re-released Chocobo GP on June 15 — it now includes all unlockables in-game and no longer has microtransactions https://t.co/w6P55n6S4v
And in fantastic timing for Final Fantasy fans looking to get a kart racing kick with some of their favourite series characters and locations, Amazon currently has the physical copy of Chocobo GP for a measly $19, which is now even better value thanks to the removal of all of the scummy monetisation practices that made already paying a premium to play the game itself a bit of a terrible proposition.
In our original review of Chocobo GP, back when it was plagued by the aggressive monetisation stuff, we said, “Chocobo GP offers up some fantastic core racing mechanics that are otherwise held back by a lacklustre offering of content. Hampered by tedious progression systems and typical microtransaction practices, Chocobo GP barely makes it past the finish line to be the best kart racer it could be.”
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