The cute and cuddly Chocobo GP kart racer looks like the bright spring sunshine we all need in our lives at the moment. On the surface, it’s a fun little race where chocobos race on roller skates and Final Fantasy IX’s Vivi can set you on fire while skating around Alexandria. What’s not to like?
But when Square Enix promoted the game, it showed the season pass in Japan’s Nintendo Direct, which left a sour taste in the mouths of many fans. Not only that, the iconic protagonist of Final Fantasy VII, Cloud Strife, is tied to this pass, which is called the Prize Pass.
Now that the full game is out and players have the opportunity to race chocobos, many have turned to Square Enix. Upon entering the game, players are greeted with messages promoting in-game currencies and microtransactions, including the aforementioned Season Pass.
What’s more, if you’re not willing to fork out your real gil to get the currency you need to buy characters and the Reward Pass, you’ll have to play the game and earn levels and currencies like Myrtilus. Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy VIII can also be purchased with Mithril, but for 3000 Shiny Ore Shards.
Fans have expressed concern about how long it will take to get levels in the game. In response, Square Enix gave players 500 mithrils and promised racers to adjust their prize tier settings to make them “more forgiving”.
This is not the only aspect of the game that players have identified as a problem. Every few months, Chocobo GP will have a new “season” (such as racing season), with the first season running right now. And as a bonus for entering the first season, players will receive 800 mithrils for free. This is enough to buy the Prize Pass.
It all sounds pretty good as a golden chocobo, but after a bit of digging, fans discovered that this free mithril expires on August 31, 2022.
Luckily, any mithril (or other currency) you pay for won’t expire, but video games don’t often take away free currency. 1000 mithril shards will set you back $9.99, while a pack of 8200 mithrils (plus a bonus sack of 3200) will set you back $81.99.
Square Enix has yet to respond to questions about the free currency and has stated that it will clarify changes to the level grind as soon as possible.
Although we were unable to access the Reward Pass during the review period, we did mention it as a flaw in our Chocobo GP review, which we otherwise referred to as “Delicious Surprise”.
Have you already bought the game or are you trying the lite version? How do you feel about the prize pass? Let us know about it in the comments.