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What are the differences between the full and lite versions of Chocobo GP?

To expand its online gaming community, Square-Enix has launched a free version of CU of chocobos, aptly named Chocobo GP Lite. This decision makes sense since the game’s signature online play mode, also called Chocobo GP, is a 64-player racing tournament (that’s a lot of runners online).

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Therefore, if you feel like having fun Final Fantasy based cart races online with other players for free, Lite is the way to go, right? Unfortunately, we cannot answer this question for you. But we can tell you that the similarities and differences between the two versions are more complex than you might think.


Single-player content

Chocobo races down the trail to Chocobo Farm.  CU of Chocobos.

When it comes to single-player content, the Lite version of Chocobo GP is similar to the full version. Players still have access to Story Mode, Time Attack Mode, Streaks, and Custom Races. However, the list of runners and their customization options are limited in the Lite version.

Multiplayer Content

Chocobo GP Mode Tournament Slices.  CU of Chocobos.

Local and online multiplayer is quite reduced in the Lite version. If you want to play with a friend, you can pair up locally for custom and stock races. However, if you want to play with a larger group of players locally, you will need a friend with a full version of Chocobo GP.

Lite version players can join local multiplayer lobbies in Chocobo GP. However, full version players are the only ones who can create and host a local multiplayer lobby.

Furthermore, Lite online multiplayer games are limited to Chocobo GP mode. Therefore, you cannot invite online friends to games with the Lite version of Chocobo GP.

Pass Options

A promotional card with the benefits of the first season of Chocobo GP.

Another interesting difference between the Full and Lite versions of Chocobo GP is access to the Season Pass. While Full Version players can purchase the Premium Pass, immediately leveling up to 60, Lite Version players can only purchase the Base Pass.

Micro transactions

Squall and his multiple ride designs are listed in the Gil Shop.  CU of Chocobos.

The biggest question you might have is whether buying the full version of Chocobo GP will help you avoid pesky microtransactions. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a transaction-free experience anyway. Both versions of Chocobo GP include transactions.

Fortunately, the only in-game currency that requires real money is Mythril. However, Mythril is also the gateway to important features, like the pass. Also, Mythril is not permanent. On the contrary, currency expires after five months. In short, if you don’t use your Mythril, you will lose it.

The other two in-game currencies in Chocobo GP don’t cost any money, but they do cost a ton of game time. Tickets are much more accessible and grow quickly in many offline modes, as well as Chocobo GP. However, Gil is not as easy to find. You can only earn it by playing Chocobo GP.

So consider the game’s inaugural season, for example. The two important draws are the DLC runners, Cloud from Final Fantasy 7 and Squall from Final Fantasy 8.

First, you’ll need to buy a pass with Mythril, then play a ton of Chocobo GP to unlock Cloud. Also, you don’t need the pass to unlock Squall, but you’ll have a hard time earning the 3,000 Gil to buy it without him.

So in other words, even if you buy the full version of Chocobo GP, you will need to buy 800 Mythril to start earning Cloud alone. Or, you can purchase 2,400 Mythril to purchase a premium pass, which grants players enough Gil to purchase Squall and immediately unlocks Cloud.

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Chocobo rushes for a Season 1 pass at Cid's test track as confetti and streamers shoot all around him.  Custom picture.  CU of Chocobos.
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