Crytek to Go Free-to-Play after Crysis 3
A post on VideoGamer reveals that Crytek plans on going exclusively free-to-play after next year’s release of Crysis 3. According to the interview with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli, the company views free-to-play as the gaming model of the future. The problem with the current retail model, says Yerli, is that DLC and subscription services are “milking customers to death.”
The first step in Crytek’s solution will be multiplayer first-person-shooter Warface, the first free-to-play game the company will produce. Said Yerli on the subject:
“As we were developing console games 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. What this entails is that our future, all the new games that we’re working on, as well new projects, new platforms and technologies, are designed around free-to-play and online, with the highest quality development.”
Yerli notes that the company still plans on investing in games with $10 to $30 million budgets, but with a “$0 entry,” ensuring no compromises in quality for gamers.
What do you think? I checked out Adam Kovic’s E3 interview with the guys putting out Dust 514, and that free-to-play PS3 FPS looks pretty sweet to me. If games come out with such deep gameplay and solid experiences as that, then yeah, free-to-play definitely can work. What do you think?