Could F2P Gaming Help Sony Reclaim #1 Spot? Crytek Thinks So.
In a recent interview with MCV Cevat Yerli of Crytek said, “Sony making that game is a great step forward, and they should be applauded,” said Cevat Yerli, the boss of Crysis developer Crytek, which is now building free games. If Sony embraces free-to-play as a major way for PlayStation, that could be the key console.”
Sony has been the strongest supporter of F2P gaming. They’ve released free versions of Sing Star and have worked on Dust 514, a F2P tie in to the F2P Eve Online. Meanwhile, Nintendo has been vehemently against the F2P model. Nintendo feels that F2P games would devalue traditional retail games. Microsoft has not had much to say on the matter one way or the other.
So, can F2P games help Sony rise to the top of the console market? Personally, I’m not so sure. F2P has a long way to go before it’s a truly viable industry standard. F2P games have had success in the PC and iPhone markets, but those markets vary greatly from the home console market. Console owners are typically wary of being milked by game developers, and I feel they’ll be more resistant to this type of marketing.