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Epic's Mark Rein Hints At Free-To-Play Future In Next-Gen

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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