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World of Tanks dev could bring free-to-play games to PS4, currently experimenting

Tuesday, 16th April 2013 08:24 GMT By Dave Cook

World of Tanks developer Wargaming is currently experimenting with the notion of free-to-play on consoles, including PS4, but CEO Victor Kislyi has stressed that you will only see the company’s games on consoles if the formats don’t hamper the free-to-play experience.

Speaking with GI.biz, Kislyi discussed the company’s acquisition of Gas Powered Games and Day 1, and suggested that it’s not yet clear exactly what both teams will be working on first.

However, Kislyi isn’t ruling out console releases for each game, but only if the architecture fits, “Free-to-play, which we are big advocates of, can be enjoyed on any hardware device,” he said. “The hardware cannot constrain the player from getting the experience.

“Obviously with Day 1, we would like to expand our multi-platform venture. We don’t have much experience working with consoles or mobile, but you should start one day. So we started with both Gas Powered and Day 1.”

When asked if the PC-architecture of Sony’s PS4 rig might sweeten the proposition of a console free-to-play title – similar to CCP Games’ DUST 514 we’d wager – Kislyi replied, “We are still doing experiments. It’s about selecting the most cool idea for the time being, seeing if it’s technologically possible, and then beginning prototyping and production.

“Nothing is clear, we recently acquired those two. We just think they are veteran teams making great games. We need to blend that with Wargaming’s free-to-play experience, financial muscle, publishing infrastructure, and the wisdom we have with how to monetize and how you’d rather not monetize.

“Right now, we aren’t doing anything for PlayStation 4, but nobody knows what the future holds for us. As I mentioned before, the free-to-play experience can be enjoyed on any device. We will see, and Day 1 will probably be helping us in that endeavour.

“It’s all about the game, the platform alone will not do miracles. It has to be a good game concept. But we don’t shut doors. Every possibility in the future, we have the power to review when it is reasonable.”

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