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Crytek: ‘F2P could make PS3 the key console’

Monday, 5th 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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  1. ps3fanboy

    they can just stop calling it free2play now. they ain’t fooling nobody, call it for what it is…

    freemium

    “A digital offering such as games or web services is provided free of charge, but a premium is charged for advanced features, functionality, or virtual goods”

    read more here.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemium

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Clupula

    “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. 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.”

    And this is exactly why anyone who actually cares about gaming would never want one of the big companies to go out of business. Competition is what fuels innovation.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    @2
    Exactly.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Gheritt White

    Who cares? New consoles are coming next year anyway.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Cobra951

    I don’t want Sony to go out of business. I just want F2P to do so.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    Nothing wrong with F2P. The premium side should just never give out unfair advantages, quicker leveling is fine, as is cool cosmetics, but just don’t hand them rocket launchers or frankly anything that unbalance the game in their favour.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    Like Chris brightly put it, if the F2P games are well balanced, then i dont mind them, really.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    F2P are awesome if they don’t give you extra bullets with a lot of damage compared to people who don’t buy these things.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. polygem

    there´s not one f2p game i am only slightly interested in.
    i don´t like that business modell. i hate to be bothered with micro transactions, always checking what´s new in store and then thinking if it´s worth purchasing, then purchasing, then relising it wasn´t worth it…really not my cup of tea and totally turns me off….completeley. i want to unlock stuff in a game i bought.
    i am all up for a subscription online and hardware model but not for actual games. i think ms and sony will go that path next gen. i don´t mind some f2p, but as a main focus i think it´s shit.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

    Too high a mountain, often too ineffective a marketing push for PS3 to rise off a late-game hail mary like this. If they’re serious, and give it good placing in their service going forward FTP could make a difference for them, though. They gained some new friends this gen, with their online strategy and relationship with developers, while some of Microsoft’s strategies and platform policies proved damagingly divisive.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Mordecai Walfish

    Or you could just go the extra mile like EA and sell your customers a full product like Battlefield 3 for $60 and then charge them a $50/yr fee for “Premium” which unlocks stuff faster and gets new additions first.

    It’s just like F2P, but you pay full price up front for your game too! DICE must think they have an MMO in their hands with Battlefield!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Mineral4r7s

    @11 No they just have a bunch of stupid customers that likes to be ripped off.

    #12 2 years ago