The free-to-play business model is one of the best examples of democracy in gaming because if players don’t like what they’re getting, they’ll walk away, never spending a dime. That’s according to Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley, who gave us his thoughts about the controversial business model.
“We believe very strongly in this idea that if you open it up so that anybody can play it, it is the most powerful form of democracy in gaming that there is,” Smedley told GameSpot about the free-to-play business model. “Because they can vote with their feet and they don’t have to pay us a dime. So it really keeps you on top of your game.”
Though platform holders like Microsoft and Sony do offer some free-to-play games on their consoles, the PC and mobile markets undoubtedly host more free-to-play games. Why hasn’t free-to-play become more commonplace on consoles? “I don’t quite know the answer to that. And I hope it takes them a really long time to figure out,” Smedley joked.
While some in the industry have suggested that the free-to-play model will one day take over traditional business models, Smedley isn’t in that camp. “The reason that I don’t think that’s going to be the case is because you’re seeing games evolve very strongly into a games as a service model. ”
Games as a service is the phrase used to describe the way in which many games today, even traditional $60 disc-based games, live on well beyond their initial release dates through digital expansions. For instance, Electronic Arts is still releasing new content for Battlefield 4 (released in November 2013), and Rockstar Games isn’t anywhere near finished supporting Grand Theft Auto V, which was released in September 2013.
“I think it’s just going to be all about taking time to see the market develop. I don’t think [free-to-play] will ever completely replace it at all,” Smedley said.
Sony has a significant free-to-play game portfolio for PC and PlayStation consoles, the most recent of which is open-world zombie game H1Z1.
This is Shiness, an upcoming role-playing game by a team of independent French developers. It looks… phenomenal. This could certainly pass for a big-budget JRPG.
The folks behind the game are asking for $100,000 on Kickstarter, and while I’m growing more and more skeptical of crowdfunded projects with each passing day, it’s hard not to be impressed by this one. Their page is full of art and details—the game is ambitious, to say the least—and they say they’ve been working on Shiness for quite some time now.
Producer Hazem Hawash told me his team of 15 people have been developing Shiness on the Unreal Engine for three years—without a budget. Hard to believe, right? Check out the Kickstarter page for a very large list of specifics, or just marvel at the above trailer. Shiness will be out next year for PC and Mac, Hawash says. Hope that happens.
Get ready to rev up your engines.
Origin Games has revealed the Indian release date of MotoGP 14 as 20th June 2014. The game is being released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, and PC.
The game, developed by Italian games studio Milestone, will feature a completely redesigned engine which includes a new audio engine, real time lighting effects, improved graphic details and an evolved multiplayer experience. It will also add new social improvements to the game and support the social features of the current gen consoles. Players will be able to choose from more than 100 riders and race around 18 tracks in this newest iteration of the MotoGP franchise.
Pre-orders for the game are now available, and those who order the game now will receive a limited edition MotoGP key chain free of charge. The game is available on the PlayStation 4 for Rs. 3299, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for Rs. 2499, PlayStation Vita for Rs. 2199 and on PC for Rs. 1299.
Band together and face the horrors of Horzine Biotech’s outbreak in Killing Floor 2.
Nutjitsu is Now Available on Xbox One. Enter the squirrel! Defy the kitsune samurai who stole your clan’s sacred acorns. Sneak through beautifully hand-painted landscapes, avoid capture by the guards, and snatch victory (and acorns) from your enemies. The vigilant foxes track your silent steps by scent. Keep ahead of them or use your ninja arsenal to escape. Use smoke bombs, ninja speed, shadow clones, freeze bombs, and flame cloaks to defeat your enemies. Hone your skills with Ninja Missions or train for endurance in Survival mode. Baffle your foes across 15 maps, attain 25 ranks, and conquer 5 difficulty levels. Master the way of Nutjitsu!
A seven-minute first-look clip at the new Alien survival-horror game.
Ready yourself for Dragon Age: Inquisition with our Inquisitor gameplay trailer! Learn more at http://www.DragonAge.com
The lone survivor of a cataclysmic blast, the Inquisitor is the only one who can stop the demons terrorizing the land of Thedas.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available on October 7, 2014.
For the first time see direct feed from the Project Morpheus shark attack experience The Deep.
Sunset Overdrive Gameplay! First look at gameplay for the upcoming Sunset overdrive developed by insomniac studios!
Meet the characters you’ll confront, and those that you’ll partner up with in Watch Dogs.