Crytek: ‘F2P could make PS3 the key console’

Monday, 5 November 2012 12:01 GMT By Dave Cook

Crytek boss Cevat Yerli has discussed why Sony’s move to the free-to-play market could propel PS3 to the top of the console food chain. It comes as his company moves into free-to-play development with Warface and other projects.

Speaking with MCV, Yerli commented on Sony’s interest in the free-to-play space, “Sony making that game is a great step forward, and they should be applauded. If Sony embraces free-to-play as a major way for PlayStation, that could be the key console.”

Yerli’s comments follow Sony’s decision to reposition Singstar as a free-to-play service, and its adoption of CCP Games’ MMOFPS shooter Dust 514. On the latter, CCP’s marketing boss David Reid added, “It’s natural that the console challenger is going to be more ambitious and take more risks than the leader.

“Last generation I was at Xbox and we were having our arses handed to us,” Reid continued, “And Xbox was the one that was trying to do crazy things with Xbox Live and so on. Five years later, things have changed and now Sony is being more aggressive. It is a cyclical business and it feels like we’re coming around to another big turn again.”

What’s your take on the matter? Should console platform holders do more to embrace the industry’s interest in F2P gaming? How could that be achieved? Let us know below.

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