This has the potential to be one of the coolest moves Sony has done in recent times and will help save their image (somewhat). IGN reported that the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast said that Killzone 3’s multiplayer component will become free-to-play (f2p) soon enough with the distribution being handled by the PlayStation Network (PSN). The downside is that there will be a level cap on the f2p mode which can be removed by paying $14.99. Players who had purchased the full version of the game will have no level cap.
This is a welcome move from the publisher and it would be quite cool to see this implemented in other first person shooters across platforms. A free to play structured multiplayer mode doubles up as a demo for the game’s capabilities and can also allow players to get adjusted to the game should they choose to buy it. Moreover, modular sales of the game at a fraction of the total cost will benefit both consumers as well as the company. For example, I am not big into multiplayer FPSs mostly because it is hard to find local servers, so I usually only play the single player mode. I would be very happy to pay $20 for a single-player only shooter which costs about $60 for the version with the multiplayer and other bells and whistles.
The Killzone 3 f2p multiplayer download will be available on PSN on February 28th.
For me, sports-based games are rather pointless because there’s one out every second year and I derive maximum enjoyment by either
Going the wrong way in a track and crashing into other cars in the most spectacular and absurd manner possible. (I’ve been doing this since Superbike 2000 and I believe it’s a remnant of the Road Rash days)
Using cheat codes to win a football/cricket/hockey(?) tourney 234782507 wins to 0 losses.
But of course, all this goes to show that I am not the target demographic, even if I am a Formula 1 fan (to some extent). Nevertheless, the latest official video game from the speeds-that-make-you-scream racing sport of Formula 1 has entered its closed beta and you can give it a try.
It is apparently one of those free-to-play online things. This is the latest scourge that has developed in the video game industry (quite akin to the 3D craze that has been doing the rounds in every Hollywood movie since Avatar) and it does not seem to be going away any time soon.
However, if racing cars with drivers around the world is your thing, and you do not mind astonishingly terrible lag (alright I am generalizing) you can sign yourself up for the closed beta here. However Codemasters (of GRID, DiRT fame) is developing this game so the racing will be quite fun.
Oh and they also released a trailer here. Do have a looksie!
The popular multiplayer RPG/Strategy hybrid Heroes of Newerth has officially gone Free to Play (F2P) as of today with a decent enough plan to keep previously paying players and green newbies both happy with it. With a three-tiered user program and additional heroes to be featured on the game, Heroes of Newerth looks to take on existing F2P games such as League of Legends and the phenomenal Defense of the Ancients (DotA) with its own brand.
With an art aesthetic that looks very similar to Warcraft III‘s style, the game is not very different from the custom scenario, DotA, made for Warcraft. However, many enthusiasts readily paid for the game as it was easy to pick up and (at least initially) did not have experienced players that took apart newbies. To keep new players streaming in to the F2P Heroes to Newerth, the developers have added three tiers of user levels to aid them in learning the game. As soon as you sign up, you get a Basic package which allows you to play with other Basic package players. After accruing some experience, you get to be a Verified user. Verified users get some extra features over the Basic players. The old paying customers will be upgraded to the Legacy account which has some minor advantages over the Verified user base (such as gaining new heroes a little earlier than the release) but nothing that would otherwise ruin the game.
It seems with games such as League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth becoming F2P the upcoming Defense of the Ancients 2 from Valve will have to be F2P in order to attract the large user base of DotA. It will be interesting to see where this takes the industry.