The lights are on
Both the PlayStation 4 and next Xbox console will incorporate free-to-play an in-app purchases in a significant way says Epic Games vice president Mark Rein.
At the Game Horizon conference in Newcastle, UK (running May 8-9), Rein revealed the console makers' push in the new direction that is meagerly represented on current consoles.
"The next-gen consoles are going to be fully embracing the free-to-play and these IAP-type business models," Rein said [as reported by Joystiq], "So in case you don't know that I'm putting that out there. Sony and Microsoft are both going heavily in that area."
He indicated that this is "what they're telling developers."
This supports free-to-play statements Sony made when the PlayStation 4 was announced back in February, but this is the first we've heard of Microsoft moving in that direction.
[Image from Epic's Infiltrator Unreal Engine 4 demo]
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Holy toledo Batman! This article just reminded me of the xbox reveal on the 21st, and I just finished making an apointment for that exact same time. I must remedy this situation. to the phone!
So long as it doesn't mean the death of the boxed product, so be it. I'm fine with checking out F2P games occasionally, but they never hook me. Also, they seem to fall into two categories - unnecessary competitive shooter (unnecessary because they're not going to pull players away from COD, Battlefield, or Team Fortress 2), or MMO (which I don't care for much anyway). I'd like to see many more genres represented in this space.
But mostly, I'd like to keep paying once and owning everything in a game. And then buying DLC expansions occasionally, like Virgil's Downfall, whenever developers go through the trouble of actually making more meaningful content for good games (rather than, say, locking incomplete content on the disc already).
At the moment, I'm strapped for cash. So I'm actually interested in hearing this kind of stuff. I know I honestly wouldn't mind, say, Trackmania coming to consoles (I'll definitely turn to Ridge Racer Driftopia later this year in the meantime though)
There still aren't any F2P games that exist that I want to play, save for maybe a couple of flash games, which don't fit into what the model of what F2P is. Therefore...make the games appealing guys.
It all depends on how a free-to-play (F2P) game is handled. Sometimes a F2P isn't awful but there are others that are really bad. I guess its kinda like a demo but with a twist. "You can download this for free, pal but you can pay for this stuff to enchance your experience." I will never buy XP/ammo/weapons for a game. I prefer unlocking cool hidden stuff in a game by stumbling upon it by accident/intent than buying it for like 2 dollars or whatever the price might be. Hopefully... these F2P games are nice and smooth.
Free to play is crap. If you can't afford to game you should probably do something about your money situation before picking up a controller.
I am so skeptical of this. Just because he says this and this is supposedly what MS and Sony are telling developers does not in any way mean that is what is going to happen with the majority of games on next-gen platforms. I could see them saying to their devs to not rule it out if they think it is necessary, but Sony in particular would never make such a broad statement. They are well-known for only including features like this if it makes sense in the context of the title, not as a just-because. Stop listening to this ***-stirring troll.