In this day and age, when everyone and everything from the creator of Doom to the classic FPS series Tribes is making the jump to free to play, it might not be too surprising to see another company make the jump. But when you think about free to play, Crytek generally isn't one of the names that comes to mind. CEO Cevat Yerli says that's about to change.
“As we were developing console games,” Yerli explains to VideoGamer, “we knew, very clearly, that the future is online and free to play. Right now we are in the transitional phase of our company, transitioning from packaged goods games into an entirely free to play experience.” Hold up a minute – what does that mean for Crysis?
We're not exactly sure, but Yerli says that 'all of the games' that Crytek is currently working on, and their future projects, are designed around free to play and online. Whether or not that includes Crysis 3 remains to be seen, but it doesn't seem like it'd be the best fit for a free to play title, if it's anything like the previous entries. We are genuinely worried, though, about what this could mean for the series post-Crysis 3. It's hard to imagine a company releasing free to play titles that most people can't even run.
One thing we we do like about what Yerli has to say is his stance on 'premium services.' “If you look at what kind of games are done in the packaged goods market,” he says, “with DLCs and premium services and whatnot, it's literally milking the customers to death.” Amen, Yerli, amen.