Codemasters has said that economics is the simple reason behind the decision to release stat-pumping booster pack DLC for GRID Autosport.
The publisher recently came under fire for the £2.39 download, which offers a 50 per cent increase in career XP, vehicle XP and in-game online cash rewards.
“Regarding the boost pack we did similar with GRID 2 as a car unlock, we got a bit of flak from that but in all honesty and without any PR bullshit... it sells,” community manager Ben Walke said on NeoGaf.
“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. 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.”
Walke also denied that the amount of grind in the game’s single player had been increased to encourage the purchase of the booster DLC.
“Under no circumstances did we make the game a grind on purpose (that much I can promise you),” he insisted. “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.”