Xbox 720 and PS4 going the Free-to-Play way?

Looks likely.

Posted By | On 14th, Oct. 2012 Under News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl


Xbox 720 and PS4 could support free-to-play on a wide scale as lot of third-party publishers have advocated that its a viable business model and the platform holders should think about it in a serious way.

The currently released free-to-play game Happy Wars is the first game with such a business model to be released on the Xbox 360. The PS3 also has a bunch of such games like Dust 514. For free-to-play games a lot of in-game monetisation is required to acquire significant revenues but it could be possible if the platform holders strongly participate too.

“I believe it is quite natural that people will gather to play games for free. I predict that, moving forward, even triple-A titles will be shifting toward Play-for-Free,” Toylogic president Yoichi Take said to GamesIndustry. The studio developed Happy Wars.

“However, there are game designs that can only be realized as package titles, so I feel that package games and the Play-for-Free model will coexist, and indeed I welcome their coexistence. He thinks the introduction of a free-to-play game on Xbox Live will help other developers keep an open-mind to that possibility.

“Because this will be [an] early Play-for-Free title, I do feel a sense of responsibility for helping to develop Xbox Live moving forward,” Take said. “At the same time, I also recognize this as a great opportunity.”

Free-to-play is a very successful business model generating revenues much higher than what packaged goods can bring at a less investment. PS4 and Xbox 720 could deeply integrate this model by providing proper infrastructure.

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  • ozfive

    This is disgusting. People will end up having to pay more than $60 in game to play. I just won’t be playing these games just as I don’t on mobile platforms!

    • Josh Gordon

      I wont be supporting free to play. At all. I dont know 1 free to play game that i like. dont think i ever will

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  • Damienc1985

    Free to play games can be very good, regardless of whether you pay money in to them for in game items.
    If you want to see a good Free to play game, look at Command & Conquer Tiberiam Alliances as that game is free if you choose not to pay money in to it, but you can if you want to and all it does is allow you to store more ingame resources but again you don’t need to do that unless you want to.
    Free to play can be very good as it means only the people who like it will pay the developers any money for the game, and those who don’t like don’t pay anything it is basically like playing a demo that never ends.
    If you don’t like free to play that’s fine but not every free to play game is bad and demands you to pay money in to it.


 

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