Epic Games: PlayStation 4, next Xbox 'going heavily' on free-to-play games


So far, only one free-to-play Xbox 360 game, "Happy Wars," has been released

Microsoft's next Xbox game console, along with Sony's PlayStation 4, will be embracing the free-to-play business model for games much more than the current generation consoles have done so far. That's the word from Epic Games Vice President Mark Rein in a panel held today at the UK's Game Horizon conference.

Joystiq reports that Rein said,"The next-gen consoles are going to be fully embracing the free-to-play and these IAP-type business models. So in case you don't know that I'm putting that out there. Sony and Microsoft are both going heavily in that area."

Free-to-play games have been popular for some time for both the PC and smartphones. Current generation consoles have been slower to release games that can be downloaded and played for free but also offer extra content that can be paid by microtransactions. The Xbox 360 only has one such game available for download right now, "Happy Wars," and a second game, "Ascend: New Gods," is in development. Sony and developer CCP Games will officially launch the free-to-play sci-fi shooter "Dust 514" later in May for the PS3.

Microsoft might reveal more about their free-to-play plans for the next Xbox when it makes its official announcement on May 21, followed by even more information at E3 2013 in June.

Source: Joystiq | Image via Microsoft

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Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
Free to play games is BS, they are more like pay as you go games where you have to pay to unlock more content.

Which I have no issue with if you want to play that sort of game... Take a game like Farmville (As horrendous an example as that is)... You can play the game as much as you want for free. It's only when you want certain things that you have to pay... I don't have an issue with this model at all.

I hope that they'll do as the same model as Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2. These are perfect examples of amazing "free-to-play" games.

You basically have access to everything (you have no disadvantage, etc, even if you don't pay for anything). What you pay for is only cosmetic or for example to watch tournaments in the client (which a matter of fact supports eSports too) and if you have bad internet and can't watch in HD via streams, this is awesome.

M_Lyons10 said,

Which I have no issue with if you want to play that sort of game... Take a game like Farmville (As horrendous an example as that is)... You can play the game as much as you want for free. It's only when you want certain things that you have to pay... I don't have an issue with this model at all.

The problem comes when the free to play games are competitive and the items offered to buy give an advantage over other players who've not paid for it.
These types of free to play games, or indeed games that move it tend to die pretty quickly when a few people who've got started with the game and have brought a lot and dominate the game. For new comers its hard to get into and usually they have to pay a lot more then a retail game to get anywhere close to what some people have paid into the game to get an advantage.

As said, Team fortress 2, Dota 2, Tribes ascend & global agenda, Quake Live, are a few that have done it pretty well, but they tend to be either things that can be unlocked by generally playing and getting better anyway, or cosmetic. Both offer little to no advantage over other gamers. Even more so, games such as Tribes will try and group you with other players of similar gaming ability even if you're just starting out with nothing except the basics- and even then the basics are more then useful to help out your team.

PlanetSide 2 is probably going to be a big title for Sony on their PS4 as a free to play. It'd be interesting to see if they or Microsoft try and integrate vs PC online gameplay this time around.

I'm not looking forward to that price model being the standard. Most games like that are pay-to-win, or pay-to-progress. Very few are pay-to-enhance, and far fewer are worth the time.

spacer said,
I'm not looking forward to that price model being the standard. Most games like that are pay-to-win, or pay-to-progress. Very few are pay-to-enhance, and far fewer are worth the time.

Well, just like other games, we'll have to be the judge of games that are worth it and games that are not. Vote with our dollars...

Far too often I get a console game that winds up being garbage too. This is one of those things too that is much better suited to casual games than hardcore games and I can't imagine hardcore games ever making that leap... With that said, if I get to play bowling or something as a free to play model I'd be for that. I'm sure a lot of people (Not me) would be glad to see something like Farmville come to the console too...

Quote: The Xbox 360 only has one such game available for download right now, "Happy Wars"

The free to play game Doritos Crash Course 2 launched yesterday.

I've yet to play a free to play game, that wasn't either pay to win or did not place me at a heavy disadvantage with those shoveling out more cash

Sigh. I don't like the way anything related to these new consoles are going. They are turning them into tablets that hook up to your tv. (sniff)

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