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Crytek, CCP see F2P future for next-gen consoles

Tuesday, 19th February 2013 00:49 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Both Crytek and CCP expect Sony and Microsoft to be more open to non-traditional business models with new platforms.

Both platform holders have made cautious explorations of the freemium sphere, with Sony notably embracing CCP’s Dust 514, which is not only free-to-play but interacts with PC MMO EVE Online, both unthinkable concepts in the PlayStation 3′s early years.

“It’s hard to imagine the free-to-play transition slowing down any time soon – the model works so well for gamers. As we steer towards the next generation of consoles, I’d expect to see a much larger array of triple-A titles available in the free-to-play model,” CCP’s David Reid told MCV.

“What is common now on the PC, tablet and smartphone is likely to become the primary way of monetising console games by the end of this next generation.”

Crytek’s Phillipe Stegmann agreed.

“The more methods offered by a platform, the more attractive the platform will be,” he said. “Because of this, I predict that all current monetisation options will be supported by all platforms.”

Sony is expected to reveal the PlayStation 4, codenamed Orbis, at the February 20 PlayStation Meeting. Microsoft hasn’t set any dates to unveil Durango (the “Xbox 720″), but both consoles seem likely to launch before the end of 2013, suggesting we’ll hear something soon.

Thanks, Develop.

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4 Comments

  1. Mike W

    Crytek, please shut up.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    ^ CCP also need to shut up then, right?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Yoshi

    Crytek really have a hard on for f2p at the moment :p

    #3 2 years ago
  4. TD_Monstrous69

    @Mike W I couln’t have said it better. I like Crytek (I think they’re a bit underrated if you ask me), but christ, just shut up already. Will F2P have a bigger place next-gen? Yes, though I do think some stigmas on F2P need to be broken if anyone expects it to really take off come next-gen. Does it have to be every other thing you’re talking about? No. How about maybe shed some light on what you’re gonna do creatively, not just your business model.

    #4 2 years ago

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