Real Racing 3 going free-to-play, microtransactions included

Tuesday, 12th February 2013 08:21 GMT By Dave Cook

Real Racing 3 developer FireMonkeys has decided to take the next instalment of its critically-acclaimed racing series free-to-play under publisher EA. That – of course – means microtransactions will be involved, and it’s got fans upset.

The game launches on February 28th, and following a furore over the free-to-play announcement, FireMonkeys’ studio spokesperson Sam Mayo has spoken with fans on the developer’s official forum to address concerns about the game’s direction. “We are so excited about this game”, he said, “and wanted it to be accessible to everyone so we didn’t want there to be any barriers to entry.”

He claims that the decision to go ‘freemium’ was made from day one and is integral to the experience, presumably due to the integration of in-app purchases. However, there will also be free post-launch content as well, so it won’t all be paid.

In fact, the game has a lot of content out of the box, Mayo stated, “At launch we have 46 licensed vehicles covering 3 classes, a 22 car grid, real world tracks, 8 varied event types and 900+ events. This means hundreds of hours of gameplay for free making this one of the most expansive games ever on mobile.”

In an interview with MarketWatch, EA rep Nick Earl stressed how integral payments were to the experience by saying, “You can’t really retro-fit this.”

What’s your take on the embedded nature of microtransactions? Let us know below.

Thanks Player Attack.



  1. mistermogul

    Bah, micro-transactions suck…

    I’d much rather pay for the effing game, get the game, play the game and not worry about having to pay over the odds for all the content or missing out…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TheBlackHole

    Yeah, I hate free games.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. bitsnark

    To be honest, the fear for this game is a little unwarranted as the freemium tropes don’t appear to be anywhere near as unbearable as in other games.

    IGN actually ran a pretty informative feature detailing the F2P machinations of the game:

    I gotta say, i’m a lot less fearful for it now than I was when it was first announced.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. FeaturePreacher

    Just another publisher afraid to make people see the actual cost of making a game. Can’t wait to see how bad it gets with the race to the bottom that is phoney gaming.

    #4 2 years ago

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