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.
Guns and robots just happen to be two of my favourite things ever, and look here what I found: a game called Guns and Robots. The game will be a free online shooter with an endless line of customization features.
Ubisoft today announced an awesome looking free-to-play IP, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. This tower defence/dungeon crawler/point-and-clicker (okay I don’t actually know yet what genre it falls under) looks like a ton of fun and you should really check it out.
Free to play is the next big thing in games, with numerous top tier developers and publishers - including Crytek - embracing the model. It allows developers to release a game for free, making their money through in-game microtransactions. It’s proven to be rather lucrative - and has the added side effect of nullifying software piracy. It’s not something you find much on consoles right now, but it should be - and might be a necessary model for platform holders to embrace come next-gen, if Crytek is to be believed.
Another day, another major publisher and developer believing that freemium games are the future of the industry. Ubisoft is joining that list of believers, as it believes that the amount of people playing their games illegally is at 95% now, and that free-to-play is the only real solution to this problem.
I’ve regularly relayed my ire regarding the focus some developers have on multiplayer and competitive gaming - and now I get to whine and moan even more.We already know that EA and Bioware has said their take on the Command and Conquer Universe with Generals 2 will be an online focused, free-to-play title - but they’ve now revealed that it won’t include a single player campaign. GAAAAAAH!
Before 38 Studios pissed away more cash than the spoilt son of an Arab oil sheik, the Kingdoms of Amalur studio had a grand idea to work on after they had finished work on their debut game. Project Copernicus was the name of the game, an MMO based on the KOA architecture that would have combined the fantastic combat of that title with a visually stunning world. And it would have been free as well.
The upcoming multiplayer mech combat game HAWKEN has finally gone into alpha testing and now means that closed beta testing isn’t far off. Gamers interested in playing in this most awesome beta instead of spending over a million bucks to buy an IRL one can enlist here.
EA and Bioware’s Star Wars-themed MMO The Old Republic is haemorrhaging subscribers, forcing the addition of a free-to-play model - and leading many to wonder if the age of the subscription-based MMO is dead. In spite of that, Industry analyst Michael Pachter has tried to qualm investor fear, saying EA is still a safe bet - and that Bioware’s MMO has a bright future ahead of it.