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Free-To-Play Model Expected To Be More Popular On Consoles

Love it or hate it, the free-to-play model will probably flourish in the next generation.

Most analysts believe we'll see more developers and publishers embracing the "freemium" model, and Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House agrees. In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, he said to anticipate an increase in the number of free-to-play projects:

"We may well see free-to-play games on console be a much bigger factor. It will be a big part of the console landscape in this generation," he added. "But it may ramp up first in Japan because there is more experience of developing those free-to-play gaming experiences."

CCP Games chief marketing officer David Reid also told the WSJ that it's really "only a matter of time before free-to-play gets big on the console." CCP's free-to-play open-world shooter DUST 514 released on the PS3 earlier this year, and that's obviously only the beginning. Do you support the free-to-play model? Maybe it has its uses and it can be appealing to play a game for free right out of the gate. On the other hand, taken to extremes, it could really suck.

What do you say?

Tags: free to play, free to play games, free to play model, gaming industry

10/15/2013 9:18:53 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

Draguss
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 10:42:02 PM
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So long as they keep it away from genres it doesn't work with, and stay away from pay-to-win models, I'm fine with it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 11:07:52 PM
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This cancer needs to be contained and irradiated.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 11:28:26 PM
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didn't some analysts say the f2p model would eventually be the defacto model? as in that's how it's done these days.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 12:02:04 AM

yerp

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 12:30:50 AM
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Count me out.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 12:34:35 AM
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Not interested. The temptation for devs is too huge. People say it's worked for some games, but I've played some of those games people claim it works well with, and I wholeheartedly disagree. If you want to finish... and I mean REALLY finish a game in a f2p model... you are going to be a poor man.

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Banky A
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 2:25:19 AM

Yes yes yes.

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 1:27:24 AM
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Can I see this played out for the Battlefield games as long as Dice contributes to make their FPS open world mp only.

Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 10/16/2013 1:28:01 AM

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Banky A
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 2:25:06 AM
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:'(

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 2:51:11 AM
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Mr House, I get that you want to reassure Capcom that you're happy to have Deep Down on your platform, but please, PLEASE don't do this. Real fans of gaming do not want free-to-play. Monetising aspects of a game, rather than the game itself is a travesty.

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Ather
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 2:53:15 AM
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I think Underdog15 bring sup a really good point. In order for F2P to truly work, a complete game will have to be made. You then pay for extras (expansion packs, new maps, etc) if you want more. The extras will have to justify the price (or be really cheap), but not so involved as to be a sequel. Balance,as always is key. A free, never ending game just doesn't work. Neither does the old bait and switch. Here, play for free. Oh wait, it's only 25% of the true game. Pay up for the rest. The worst part is, what works in Japan might not work elsewhere. Causing a whole new F2P model to be crated. Which will scare off a lot of developers until a model is created, accepted, and perfected. What already exists is not going to cut it long term. Especially with so much hatred for it. It's evolution or extinction.

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___________
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 3:22:29 AM
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as long as its done right with the appropriate games i cant see any problems with it.
actually gives the customer allot more control over what he pays for.
having to fork over 100 bucks for a game, when your only going to use 10% of it, is just ridiculous!
instead let people choose what they want to pay for, instead of forcing things down their throat they dont want.
its about f*cking time we left this archaic ancient mechanic in the dusty past!

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PlatformGamerNZ
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 5:14:52 AM
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i don't want every game to be F2P cos theni gunna feel like i just a cash cow to devs and pubs (nickle and diming as you say) i don't mind it but seeing more and ore devs and pubs going with it, it is becoming anoiying i mean i thought deep down as a $60 game but nope F2P i was surprise and off put to say the least i'm not sure i want to play it now.

happy gaming =)

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 5:34:56 AM
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Keep it to a minimum, let's not go over board with the F2P model now.

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homura
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 9:18:07 AM
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Free To Play = mediocre games with little story with exclusives items, maps or more experience bonus for those who pay. It's fun to try but be careful you might get addicted and pay too much. Just like some people in Japan spend $600 dollars a month on a game in a mobile phone buying high end items and equipment just to advance and be one of the best. I saw it on a documentary a while back. Hehe. And I played some on the PC before I got a PS3. RF Online and Ragnarok Online.

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xenris
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 9:37:13 AM
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F2P is usually a terrible idea. They create gameplay gimmicks specifically designed for the payment model and these "gameplay" elements are usually boring grindy and just plain not fun, which if you like the core mechanics of the game you will want to pay to bypass them.

The best f2p game I have ever played is Dota 2, it is 100% free, you don't buy heroes, the game or anything. The stuff you can spend money on is 100% cosmetic and does not effect gameplay at all, except for how awesome you look.

But on top of this every time you level up your rank you get a cosmetic item, and every time you play a match you have a chance of finding one.

I've played for about 1000 hours over the last year and a half(I know lots of time but I wasn't working) and I have gotten about 300 items. Some of these are mythical items that are worth over 10 bucks, others just common that are worth 50 cents.

Point is it uses the model the best I have ever seen.

But I could never wrap my head around a game like Uncharted being f2p. That would just suck in my opinion.

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wackazoa
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 10:09:55 AM
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And the benefits of console systems continue to disapear. Call me crazy all you want but the days of a ONE box are coming. Everyone else will be relegated to making software.

Between F2P and Crowdfunding I am definintly not like the direction that gaming is going in.

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shaydey77
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 8:28:47 PM
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No. Just give me a game at the normal price. I want everything included so I can have a fair go at completing it myself without having to waste time paying for little additions.

I have enough time wasted with loading screens.

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Kiryu
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 9:50:21 PM
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To get this quality game for Free to Play is Epic. Well until now nobody has played F2P from Japanese Company so can't wait to play it.

www . youtube . com/watch?v=dVAe5LLya0o

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