Real Racing 3: “vocal minority” lashed out at micro-payments, EA believes “the market has spoken”

Monday, 18 March 2013 12:25 GMT By Dave Cook

Real Racing 3 has done big numbers since it launched, according to an infographic from publisher EA. You can see it here. Now, vice president of EA’s mobile and social studios Nick Earl has stated that the “market has spoken” and that only the “vocal minority” took issue with the game’s micro-payments to begin with.

Speaking with CNET, Earl said, “There’s no question that going freemium was the right way to go,” and added, “The vocal minority lashed out at freemium. We respect them and understand, but the market has spoken. That’s just where things are going.”

He stressed that the success of Real Racing 3 will make it a template for future EA mobile games suitable for the micro-payment model, which according to the publisher’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen, is all of them.

Real Racing 3 received high to cripplingly low scores when it released, suggesting a lot of critics took offence to the game’s micro-payment store front. See our round-up here.

Last week we saw Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 venture down the micro-payment path, and the shit-storm that surrounded Dead Space 3’s micro-payment model was well documented here.

It’s a changing tide. What do you think of it?

Thanks Eurogamer.