With World of Warcraft continuing to hemorrhage users, people thought they might have to move away from the subscription model. Sure, they're still the biggest MMORPG with 7.6 million subscribers, but they have to change their model to survive, right? Well, no.
Namco Bandai is making a new PS3 game in the Soul Calibur series of fighting games. this should have fans pretty excited, but right now, most are left scratching their heads and/or beards, wondering just what on earth Namco is thinking. Soul Calibur: Lost Swords, you see, is a single player only fighting game, removing the element from fighting games that makes them so much fun in the first place. Oh, and it’s free to play.
The original Plants vz Zombies is probably one of my favourite games of all time, ever. I own it on far too many platforms and have finished it twice on just about all of them. Its…ugh…free to play sequel launched recently,and according to PopCap, has been downloaded over 25 million times.
For a next-gen game, Killer Instinct certainly is taking a different route in getting interest pumped up for that console. While all the other games are going to cost you plenty of Rands, Killer Instinct will be a F2P launch title. Actually, no, scratch that. It’s a demo.
I’m really starting to think that the chaps over at Wargaming – the folks responsible for free-to-play phenomenon World of Tanks – didn’t actually read any of their contracts regarding bringing their game to the Xbox 360. Not long after the big announcement, they started getting a bit moany. First, they complained about the game needing Xbox Live Gold, and now they say that Xbox Live’s policies just aren’t suited to their game.
The MOBA baby boom has officially kicked off. After the success of League of Legends and Dota 2 we’re going to see a big influx of new MOBAs. Most of them will be horrible failures; time will tell if End of Nations will be one of them.
There have been many fighting games based on other games, but none as awesome as this one. After a year of hushed whispers, a secret project has finally been made public. It’s called League of Fighters, and it will dominate.
There are few MMOs out there that don’t have in-game stores, most of them that do are buy to play, after which it becomes free-to-play with micro-transactions and an option to subscribe for extra bonuses. A developer has confirmed that micro-transactions are now being added to the PTR (Public Test Realm). Does this mean that World of Warcraft too will be shifting to the free-to-play model?
Here’s something that I never saw coming. Plants versus Zombies was a game that had you in control of vegetable patch that was groovier than the one found on top of Bob Marley’s grave, as the undead came for you. With a sequel on the way, I’ve had my bank account primed and ready for it, for a while now. Except the game is going to be completely free.
I'm a pretty big Command and Conquer fan. Or I was, until the last couple of games hit the PC. They'd devolved into something that was just plain...awful, and I wept manly tears of frustration at this. But with an upcoming F2P title on the horizon, we might finally get the old CnC back.
EA’s looking to change the way that games are monetised, focusing more and more on DLC and Micro-transactions; something that makes many of their games very much like free-to-play games that happen to not be free at all. More like a pay-to-pay-even-more model. It’s the way the industry is going though, right? Activision’s Bobby Kotick doesn’t really think so.
Hey, remember good ol’ Command and Conquer? And by good ol’ I mean all the games up to the Kane’s Wrath expansion for Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. Those titles following on after those magnificent masterpieces can go jump off a cliff. The franchise has been largely under the radar since EA announced that it would be returning as a free to play title. It’s out later this year, and it’ll be set in the Generals universe from that franchise…amongst others.
It’s really great to see eSports become so accessible to any one that wants to get involved. Some of the best games competed in are completely free. Just look at League of Legends, probably the most successful eSports title of late and Dota 2 hot on its heals. Another one of these awesome games are joining the scene, PlanetSide 2, the game where size always matters. It's becoming a part of the biggest eSports league this year.
The upcoming free-to-play mech shooter, Hawken which is extremely awesome (played the closed beta a bit) is going into open beta today.
There’s no denying that we’re looking at a future wherein games are turning into freemium services, with a core package being gratis, while the niftier features will cost you a few extra pennies. Whether this will be a phase or something that reworks the digital landscape is uncertain though, but whoever takes advantage of it, could see themselves at the top of the food chain. And that’s something that Crytek believes is going to happen with the PS3.