Happy Wars – Xbox Live’s first free-to-play game releases next week

Thursday, 4th October 2012 21:38 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Happy Wars, the first free-to-play title for Xbox Live, will release next week.

The online competitive brawler supports simultaneously play for up to 30 in 15 vs 15 free-for-all battles. Character’s appearances can also be upgraded Happy Stars earned through playing, or by purchasing Happy Tickets through monetary transactions.

Happy Wars will be available October 12 for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.



  1. Moonwalker1982

    Judging by the screenshot it looks kinda fun. But is it?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Froseidon

    That does look pretty awesome :D I’ve not even heard of this before >.>

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Free…with paid Xbox Live Gold Subscription….

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Muetsch

    @3: Can you tell me what you want to do with an online game without having Xbox Live Gold? Yupp, that’s what I thought

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Ge0force

    @4 Every other platform has free online gaming and free-to-play games without the need of subscription. Now can you tell me why this isn’t possible on x360? Yupp, that’s what I thought

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Gadzooks!


    Not every other platform has the quality and features that XBL had.

    You want quality, well it costs money. You want cheap, flakey, feature-reduced online then stick to your other platforms.


    #6 2 years ago
  7. Deacon

    But it’s not free-to-play, that’s all he was pointing out.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Gadzooks!

    I’ve been playing the beta of this.

    Quite good fun, very team oriented with respect to skills, i.e. most class skills benefit other team members.

    It runs nice and smoothly, controls well.

    It’s not especially deep or varied though. Swarming seems to be order of the day.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gadzooks!


    Well thats a matter of semantics I guess.

    It’s free to play for Gold subscribers, i.e. It costs me nothing additional to play. Same deal as PSN+ subscribers getting ‘free’ games.

    It’s a model that all console owners need to get used to as it’s going to be adopted wholesale next gen.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Deacon

    Semantics, or a heavily biased ‘opinion’?

    PSN has lots of games within Home, and any retail game purchased can be played FOR FREE online.

    XBLG has a mandatory subscription which renders any online gaming definitely NOT free.

    I’m not going into the pros and cons of each, they’re pretty obvious.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    Comparing this with free ps plus games is something only an ignorant xbot would do.
    A free option is always nice, with optional upgrade. But MS cant get that.
    Also I know a better service is that one which pounds you with ads even when you pay for it.
    Exactly. But people with bias cant get that.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Gadzooks!


    Call it what you think isn’t ‘biased’ then.

    For me it costs nothing additional, so for me it is free to play.

    We all have to pay for electricity to play online so technically there are no free to play games anywhere. If you want to get all anal about it, that is.


    This is way over your head child. Go back to your popup books about the nice worm and the things he likes to eat holes through.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. monkeygourmet


    You do know Sony will charge for online gaming next gen don’t you?

    As I’ve told you before, the only reason your getting free online is because the PS3 was so massively expensive on launch.

    If they charged for online as well people would have gone mental…

    It’s not because they love you as fans, you need to stop thinking they are your best friends.

    Wether it’s mandatory PS plus or a subscription based console, Sony will have to start charging for online gaming.

    As for advertising? Look what Sony may be cooking up:

    It’s business plain and simple.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Deacon

    No need to get anal. The fact is there is one more essential payment required for Xbox online gaming then there is for PS3.

    And that it’s a little misleading that this article clearly states Free-to-play in the headline, and then the for the very last sentence throws in a big fat caveat : Available Free to XBL Gold Subscribers :

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    Bet they dont.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Deacon

    @13 – oh shit dawg! – let’s have a go on your crystal ball man! – pleeeeaaaaase?

    Do tell why they will HAVE to start charging for online?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. monkeygourmet

    @15 @16

    It’s hardly a controversial statement.

    And I take that bet. Just remember to screen grab this page so you can use it for your desktop wallpaper…

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Deacon

    but why will they ‘have to’? Am I missing something?

    Because you’ve convinced yourself that Microsoft ‘have to’?

    There are plenty of ways for a business to make money that don’t include adding an unnecessary pay-wall to online features. Plenty.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. monkeygourmet


    Sooooo much extra revenue.

    There hardly top of the pile, and that’s with a ton of first party exclusives, great handheld, free online and a bluray player in their console…

    MS are holding them at arms length and without really having to try.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Deacon

    It’s clear who’s at the top of your pile.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. OrbitMonkey

    Oh dear, now we’ll have guys arguing about who’s shipped the most worldwide, then argue over shipped versus sold, then arguing over unique users, then unique users with two accounts, maybe throw in a little we only need one blue-ray to your 5 discs, yeah but you guys need to install everything, oh our online is free, but we’ve never been hacked, so lives a phishing paradise, huh, psn is so slow, but at least we don’t get ads…

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Deacon

    ^ yup. Was simply trying to point out the somewhat misleading article header. Never could’ve guessed it would turn out the way it did.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Gadzooks!


    Well it’s not misleading.

    The game is free to play for Gold subscribers. We all know what that means, so dragging up ‘Live subs LOL’ achieves nothing but the derailment of the topic, to which precisely 3 of the 22 comments have pertained.

    #23 2 years ago

    Pedantic trolls…

    Nothing is free to play if you’ve already paid for the hardware then, is it?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Deacon

    Pedantic, sure. Gotta give Gadz something to do of a Friday morning though huh? ;)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Gadzooks!


    Indeed! What with pedantry patrol and making sure Dragon doesnt wander from his playpen it’s barely given me time to do my work this morning! ;)

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Dragon246

    Well, after you will the humble pie bet, consider this one as a loss too. Ninty is much more likely to charge for online than sony. Sorry dude, but making false assumptions about a company you know nothing about just doesnt cut as an argument.
    What are you working on, collecting sex cards in witcher? 8)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. ManuOtaku

    You know sometimes a pounder about paying for XBOX Live, knowing that i got it free on the ps3, i dont want to say which is better, because for the way i use it both deliver the same experience anyway, but as soon as i get some reductions on the prices for games on the weakly offers for gold members i think i get my moneys worth, i dont mind it that much at the end, of course free PSN also gives me discounts, but on XBOX Live i see big games with this reductions on constant basis, so for me is good and i dont mind the yearly fee.

    Having said this iam very interested in this game, i hope is good, i will get it just to support new things.
    p.s an for me the avatars just as the miis have a very attractive feeling, i hope sony comes with something like this for next gen.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Gadzooks!


    Here we go, Junior here has some insider information on Sonys online strategy.

    This should be good.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. OlderGamer

    For what is worth, I also believe Sony will have a subscription based thingie next gen. I think that is what PSN+ is doing, getting the core users used to paying subscriptions. Only next gen you will need one to play online(use match making “Services”), most of us won’t care so long as PSN+ keeps giving us “free” games to play. After all, your going to pay for Plus anyways.

    I think down the road, way down the road, everything will be a pay to acsess service. Everything. Bundles won’t just be for hardware, each platform will prolly offer their own bundle. For example, on Xb, you might be able to get the MS chanel, Acti-Bliz chanel, and XB Live Gold bundled all together for less money then paying for each one seperatly. You guys watch, thats is where it is headed. The games won’t matter as much individualy, they will just be part of the publishers chanel/profile/service. And that chanelprofile/serviee will prolly be avalible on multi platforms, from Tablets to Phones to set top boxes to PC.

    #30 2 years ago


    Without wishing to start a flame war…

    XBL is a much, much better service than PSN.

    I use both, so I can say that.

    I’m much happier paying for the features that I get with XBL than sticking with PSN.

    I even got MW3 for PS3 at launch, played it for a month or two, but went back to XBL because I was so frustrated with what I was missing.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. monkeygourmet



    That’s all I’m hinting at.

    God knows why any of you think Sony execs sit there talking about how to be ‘nice’ to gamers and help you to play online without spending anything.

    It’s business fer christs sake. Like I said time and time again, the price point of the PS3 at launch could not have sustained a paid for online climate without losing customers.

    Don’t for a second think they did it because they were throwing you a bone…

    Again, check the link… Sony and all major companies like to court new ideas regarding advertising. SDF zombies are making them out to be a family owned small business.

    Nintendo might charge for online? Maybe they will, but saying there’s absolutely no way that Sony would charge next gen is short sighted in the extreme.

    Given the current gaming climate with DLC, subscriptions, season passes etc… It’s clearly a huge possibility they will.

    Considering they have just bought Gaikai, a subscription based streaming service, how can anyone not see this happening?

    Sony already like you to repurchase things like PSP and PS2 games you already own for play on Vita / PS3… And people make them out to be saints.

    Y’all need to get your heads examined…

    #32 2 years ago
  33. ManuOtaku

    #31 GIGA i understand that i also use both, is that for the way i use it (without mic for instance) and the games i play, i dont find to much of a difference, but i do understand the people that use those features, and play heavy multiplayer games like COD, will might find XBLA better, i have battlefield 3 on ps3 and COD on 360, and because of the way i use both services in those games, i dont find any distinguishable differences while playing the two, but i do understand that for some gamers XBLA is better for the way the use it and play their games, though.
    p.s thats the reason why i did have a blast playing mario kart on wii and monster hunter tri online, because of the way i do play multiplayer i found all services roughly the same, but i know iam part of a minority here, obviously theres some differences between them.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. OlderGamer

    I don’t think Nintendo will charge for online play. Not yet. They work their biz models differently. Nintendo makes money on th ehardware right out of the gate. Offering online subs is a great way to recoup some of the costs of launching hardware. But with Nintnedo they don’t need to recoup those costs.

    Of course the possibilty is still there. It depends on what type of games we are talking about. Most of Nintendo big franchises are single player or same room multi player(and featuring the new WiiU controler it is clear that Nintendo is still aiming for same room MP). Time will tell I think. But I don’t see Nintendo charging this up and coming generation.

    They might next generation. Infact next generation they might have one of those said chanel/services for subscription on other platforms, and instead of having a console, they could just have a handheld GameBoy.

    #34 2 years ago

    Who would pay for next to nothing, anyway…?

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Gadzooks!

    Ninty have already hinted that they might charge for online.

    There was an article here a week or so ago. They said initially they will continue to be free but will review that in a year or two, most likely around the next gen launch.

    The writing is on the wall. Lower priced (not necessarily cost) hardware, but with mandatory subscriptions.

    MS are already in the process of trialling that model. If it works, it will become the norm.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Dragon246

    What I am referring to is that like everyone, they will also have a premium service ala ninty premium.
    Yup, connectivity wise, zbl beats psn . I just hoped they could launch free online for games, with gold for added benefits like ps plus.
    People (like you) thought sony would charge from like 2009. What that gave was ps plus which provides additional benefits. But baseline features remain free. Just like pc, online play MUST NOT be charged as that fees is included in 60$ tag.
    Sony would lose a lot of goodwill if they charge for online play, they know it. Losing faith of your customers is the worst thing a business practice can do.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. ManuOtaku

    #37 Dragon “Sony would lose a lot of goodwill if they charge for online play, they know it. Losing faith of your customers is the worst thing a business practice can do.”

    I agree especially since the Other OS issue, but i think they can come clean with their next gen machine, they will have not longer that promise on their backs, i mean free online, therefore they might change it and start to charge it for next gen, it will be a new promise, like in elections times, it will be a new product with new promises. :)

    #38 2 years ago
  39. monkeygourmet


    Sony removed features from PS3 (backwards compatibility, LInux use etc…).

    They are happy to let you repurchase games you already own.

    Added dual shock after they stated it was impossible.

    Launched the PSP Go then promptly dropped support.

    I don’t think they have a problem upsetting their customers really…

    As Manu says, new consoles can have new business models.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Gadzooks!

    For what it’s worth I think Sony will aim for a lower subscription price point than MS. They still need some incentive, and lower running cost is the thing that’s worked for them this gen.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Muetsch

    I really think both PS+ and Xbox Live have their own unique advantages and I like both of them for what they are.

    I like to being able to cross-chat whatever someone is playing on the console as I know a lot of people from pretty much around the world. I also love the structure of the marketplace the Xbox.

    But you have to say that in the end you get more for your money when you get PS+. I personally don’t really need it for the free games but if you haven’t played lots of those games you get a ton of content for a low price.

    I like my online service better on my Xbox because it’s stable, cross-party chats and no updates so that I can’t play for several hours every now and then. But I also like my PS+ for all the benefits.

    #41 2 years ago

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