Sony Supports F2P, Says It Gives Players "Voting Power"
Don't like free-to-play? Sony says you really should.
According to Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley, the controversial business model utilized by so many developers is a "powerful form of democracy."
In speaking to GameSpot, Smedley said it's the best model available because if players don't like what they're playing, they can just walk away without having to spend a dime:
"We believe very strongly in this idea that if you open it up so that anybody can play it, it is the most powerful form of democracy in gaming that there is. Because they can vote with their feet and they don't have to pay us a dime. So it really keeps you on top of your game."
As for the idea that F2P will eventually take over traditional business models, Smedley isn't backing that theory just yet. The reason being is because "you're seeing games evolve very strongly into games as a service model." He's referring to the modern phenomenon that has seen games become more like services, as each experience can be built upon with future content. DLC has become common and ongoing experiences may be the wave of the future (ala Bungie's Destiny).
As for Sony, they'll be utilizing the F2P business model for the upcoming open-world zombie game, H1Z1. So, do you agree with Smedley's comments?
5/9/2014 9:48:18 PM Ben Dutka