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Crytek expects to “transition entirely” to free-to-play within five years

Saturday, 9th February 2013 20:04 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Crytek boss Cevat Yerli expects the firm to “transition entirely” to free-to-play within five years.

Speaking with Venture Beat, Yerli said the firm decided a few years back it wanted to “marry the quality of triple-A games,” with free-to-play, and the quality of games available through the business model will only get better.

“I think over the next two to three years, free-to-play is going to rival retail with quality games like Warface,” he said. “We’re looking at free-to-play as a force that drives our growth and world-domination plans. So we have quite a few console titles in our pipeline that are [traditional retail games] while we investigate free-to-play on consoles.’

The firm’s “world-domination plans” also include its G-Face service, which Crytek’s shooter, Warface will launch on by the end of the year.

“Our primary goal is to make triple-A free-to-play games for the world market and transition entirely to that. As a company, [we will] transition from a developer to a service company, and we’re going to offer a platform, with G-Face, to any other [developer that needs it].

“If we could launch our games on a platform that already exists today, and we could get the same results, then we wouldn’t build our own platform. But we’re convinced that our platform does some particularly new things that makes our games behave better. That’s why we plan to offer this service to third parties.

“This doesn’t mean our main business will be driven by our platform business. We are just going to open it up and see how it works. We are always going to be a games-first company. We will always have our own development because we are all about making games. We provide technology, but technology is not our main driver. We make technology to make great games.”

Crytek’s Crysis 3 is out on February 19 in North America and on February 22 in Europe for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Thanks, GI International.

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  1. Max Payne

    ”…world-domination plans.”
    :O

    #1 1 year ago
  2. MegaGeek1

    I can’t fucking stand this guy.

    * no offence Erth.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Erthazus

    @2, me too actually :D Cheers.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. mkotechno

    How about no.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Yoshi

    I’ve played the Warface beta and I can tell you, yes it’s a good quality free2play game however it really isn’t any standard of full price gaming quality. If it was, it’d be rated low, given a cheap price and only have a few players around launch until the fizzle ran out.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. DSB

    @5 Team Fortress 2 made three times as much as a F2P game though.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Demigod

    Wont happen. I simply cant see it. Like every other new market a certain percentage will go over to it but it will not completely replace. The incentives for the consumer are simply not there and for a Triple A title and I have yet to see it demonstrated that the returns are there for a dev in anything other than the mmo catagory. Most single player ( the exception being diablo types) just aren’t large enough to keep people playing long enough for f2p to be worth it. Multiplayer with single player as done by most now possibly but only if you can reach COD levels of play but not single player only.
    With console makers taking a % of the revenue an they will to allow f2p on their consoles I cant see this making enough money to be sustainable. We will most likely end up with more ala deadspace 3, a mix not a replacement

    #7 1 year ago