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Blizzard's next game will debut as a free-to-play title
Posted: 24.02.2012 05:35 by Comments: 8
Blizzard Entertainment's next project will be the company's first title that is a free-to-play game at launch, according to inside sources. It's expected that the game is connected to the publisher's Project Titan.

This wouldn't be the first Blizzard game to be free-to-play, of course. Team Fortress 2 was transitioned to a free-to-play model, while the first twenty levels of World of Warcraft are now free as well.

Blizzard COO Paul Sams had addressed the prospect of the company producing free-toplay games at last year's BlizzCon, stating, “It certainly is possible, if we find ourselves in that circumstance, or if we come up with a game where we think that’s the right business model, the most appropriate for players to experience it."

“We don’t have any opposition to the concept, it’s just that at this point we haven’t decided to make a game where that is the model. But that doesn’t mean that we won’t,” he added.

With World of Warcraft steadily losing its player base, the MMO was stabilzed by adding the free-to-play element, and Team Fortress 2 was revitalized by the free-to-play, microtransaction model. It seems logical that Blizzard will explore the possibilities further.

Last June, Project Titan was rumored to be a "more casual MMO" than World of Warcraft. This would make it an ideal candidate for the free-to-play model.
Source: Develop
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Comments

By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Feb 24, 2012
SiyaenSokol
This is great... meaning that we won't have to worry about the time needed to be spent in this game.
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Feb 24, 2012
Xyfer117
Personally if an MMO is free I'm much more interested in giving it a try, not because its free, but because I know I won't be thinking ahh I'e only got 3 days subscription time which i've payed for left, I must now live on my PC!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 24, 2012
herodotus
Too busy with "SW:TOR"....sorry Blizzard, whoever you are.
By obiwanmccartney (SI Veteran Newbie) on Feb 25, 2012
obiwanmccartney
I wonder if Valve is mad that Blizzard stole Team Fortress 2 from them?
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 26, 2012
herodotus
Blizz and Valve have a real "thing" going on at the moment, with the "DoTA" issue still being battled over.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 25, 2012
JonahFalcon
I hear Project Titan will also be browser-based.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Feb 27, 2012
SiyaenSokol
I am not a great fan of MMORPG games, but when it is free to play, I agree that I don't have to worry about 3 days that are left to play... and oh man I so badly want to play, but have to wait until next month before I can purchase some game time.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 27, 2012
herodotus
Having just come off a 5 hour bender on "SW:TOR" I have to agree about F2P. Unless you are truly committed to a game and play many, many hours for many, many months then subs are a waste (or you have a large disposable income with loads of free time for playing games - I have neither). I say this as "STO" has been neglected and to be honest, I need to take a breather every now and then from a game.
I'll stay subbed to "TOR" until I need a break and the same with "STO", but you really do only get what you pay for in the end.
A game based on a browser architecture is loads of fun, requires little time investiture and is good for casual fun. Even "BF3" with Battlecrap feels like a browser-based MMFPS.