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Crytek CEO: “Ask Microsoft and Sony” why there aren’t more F2P console games

Tuesday, 26th June 2012 03:10 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has expressed frustration with platform holders’ reluctance to embrace all-digital offerings.

“Why are free-to-play online games not widespread on consoles? You should ask Microsoft and Sony this question,” Yerli said in an interview with CVG.

“We see the future of consoles as free-to-play – ideally focussed on free-to-play. That’s what I want to see in the future. But unfortunately not everybody shares this vision due to many other reasons.

“Eighteen months ago we talked to Microsoft about doing a free-to-play version of Warface, and then again 12 months ago, and then again six months ago. It was the same with Nintendo and Sony.”

Yerli said console manufacturers are reliant on retail partners in a way that companies like Apple are not, and therefore can’t pursue an all digital strategy.

“So really the number one issue that needs to be resolved is how companies like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo become independent from retail so that they can go fully digital,” the executive added, noting that the retail question is the biggest problem facing the industry.

Crytek has said it will transition to an entirely free-to-play developer in the wake of Crysis 3; it already has one major free-to-play title, on the go – Warface.

The full interview, available through the link above, includes Yerli’s prediction that tablets will supplant consoles, and several other interesting tidbits.

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4 Comments

  1. splattermonkeys

    Sony has their own brand of F2P games. Wander around Home for a bit. They may not be “Crytek”, but they exist.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Kaufer

    Isn’t Defiance f2p and on 360 and PS3? Besides a bunch of Home F2p games theres Free realms, DCUO and Gundam in Japan. The vita is getting atleast 3 f2p games, Phantasy star, samurai???, and another japanese game i can’t remember. He must have been talking to the wrong people.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    ^ DUST 514 too.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Kaufer

    Yeah! I thought i wrote that in.

    #4 3 years ago

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