Tue, Aug 28, 2012 | 11:18 BST
Sony & Microsoft face next-gen struggle unless they support free-to-play – Crytek
Crytek founder Cevat Yerli has stated that both Microsoft and Sony will struggle unless they embrace the free-to-play genre going into the next generation of console hardware.
Speaking with Eurogamer Yerli explained that Sony and Microsoft need support F2P titles.
“I hope for them that they do,” Yerli said, “If they don’t then it’s going to be a tough time for them. It’s quite a challenge for those companies logically because they rely so heavily on retail to sell the hardware and to sell the games where the margin for retail really is.”
“If they would forgo their entire retail business and go digital free-to-play, then they would not be selling any more Xboxes as well. There’s a chicken and egg thing there. And they have to make radical calls.”
However, Yerli exclaimed that his own company Crytek is approaching free-to-play correctly, “We know that free-to-play games have a bad image. They have a bad reputation – it’s pay to win, it’s low quality. I completely get that, but we are making free-to-play that’s high quality. It’s CryEngine 3, it’s a big investment.”
Crytek’s first foray into the F2P market is the shooter Warface, currently in development at Crytek Kiev. Check out the full Eurogamer interview here.
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