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Crytek: All our future games will be free-to-play
Posted: 08.06.2012 09:41 by Nick Akerman Comments: 16
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has revealed the developer will focus on free-to-play games in the near future.

"As we were developing console games we knew, very clearly, that the future is online and free-to-play," said Yerli.

"Right now we are in the transitional phase of our company, transitioning from packaged goods games into an entirely free-to-play experience. What this entails is that our future, all the new games that we're working on, as well new projects, new platforms and technologies, are designed around free-to-play and online, with the highest quality development."

Speaking to VideoGamer, Yerli blasted companies such as Activision and EA, who continually ask consumers to pay for extra DLC and premium goods.

"If you look at what kind of games are done in the packaged goods market, with DLCs and premium services and whatnot, it's literally milking the customers to death."
Source: VideoGamer

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By Chris_Spray (SI Member) on Jun 08, 2012
Chris_Spray
I would need to be paid to play Crysis 2.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Jun 08, 2012
djole381
@Chris_Spray
I agree. That game was so bad, that the only way I'd play it again was if someone payed me.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jun 08, 2012
nocutius
Well at least I agree with them on the DLC issue, not so sure about the f2p only. F2p can sometimes be just a different way of milking the customers to death as well.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jun 08, 2012
nocutius
He'll get squished sooner or later :)
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 08, 2012
herodotus
Excellent news, and a bold strategy plan for the future. "Crysis Wars" I believe was a good indicator, being Free at just how popular game an remain whereas their paid brethren die in the dust.
Looking forward to what comes next, and Browser-nased and Social games are still in their infancy.
By The_Tingler (SI Core) on Jun 10, 2012
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I utterly disagree, especially with the notion that Crysis 2 was a bad game. This is utterly tragic news for me, a single-player FPS fan. We're losing more and more quality developers, either just getting closed down or going multiplayer-only, and to now lose the maker of Crysis and Far Cry because of piracy paranoia and console indifference - that makes me sad.

Raven, Monolith, Free Radical, Bungie (they're making an MMO, you know it), Codemasters, the STALKER guys, probably id Software now that RAGE flopped, I'm going down the list of single-player FPS makers and I'm coming up short with what ones are actually left for me to look forward to... especially as even Crytek are calling Crysis 3 "just a contractual obligation, we don't want to do it".
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 10, 2012
herodotus
SP is dying (aside from RT/TBS/RTT/Flight Sims), Tingler. You can see it already in the 5-6 hour SP Campaigns in shooters. I enjoy MP in some (read: SOME) online shooters, failing to even play their SP campaigns ("Battlefield" mainly) but I feel your pain.
It does all come down to Piracy Paranoia, but I wish it stopped at that.
There is something worse, insidious and as soul-reaping as old Lucifer himself - Social Media. Ina addition, F2P is a misnomer. try playing "Lord of the Rings Online" without spending any real cash and see exactly how far you get...not very far at all. So for Crytek, Microtransactions are obviously going to the way of the future.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jun 10, 2012
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Herodotus i really need to contradict you on this one,sp is dying?Most gamers,especially the hardcore ones and the casual croud,are mostly interested in single player,screw what the social media say everyone with a brain know not to believe their bullshit.
As for f2p,the example you`ve given is a bad one,lotro was originally pay to play and because of this it couldn`t transition completely into a f2p but if the model is done right you can definetly go through the entire game and enjoy it without having to pay jack.
By anonymouswolfm (SI Newbie) on Jun 10, 2012
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Saying that single player games are dying might be an overstatement. But it cannot be denied that online multiplayer is where publishers can make the most of their money, whether you like it or not. The market for SP games is diminishing. It is in that context that ppl say SP games are dying, although it will never "die" as such.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 10, 2012
herodotus
Yes, I should have been more specific. While endless complaints are lodged about the continually shortening of SP Campaigns in most FPS's/TPS's the downward spiral continues. Then again, the attention span of most gamers these days is around 6 hours and then it's "Next game please, Daddy". I tenbd to stay away from these games, and enjoy the long SP Campaigns in the genres as outlined in my previous post.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jun 12, 2012
FoolWolf
They are dying because most developers focus so much on making cool looking engines that can render out some cool cutscenes, buy some rock music and make for an enticing commercial and fool people it is the next COD - the way you want it and focus on DLC items for MP game and all there is - is the MP game because there they have a chance to tie you up to an account and battle piracy.

Single player shooters have for a pretty long time been quite boring and absolute horrid story wise. Sure, there are one or two games that stands out but honestly - either skip stories and give us Quake action where the gaming and controls and level design makes the game - or make a game that is more like Sin, Modern Warfare - old CoD etc. Solid action with good intense scripted story to it.

But most of all - go back to how it used to be - http://imgur.com/r/gaming/AW6kK ;)
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 15, 2012
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"CoD" and "CoD 2" - I 've lost count of the number of times I played those SP Campaigns but they were worth the trip (not forgetting the venerable "MoH" series, including the muchmaligned "Paciic Assault" which I had loads of fun with). Now though, I wouldn't get through one as it is just cut-cene to cut-sne, with some shooting in between.
So that makes sense about showing off the graphical prowess of the game, not it's actual content (even "Crysis", I believe sufered from this).
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jun 15, 2012
FoolWolf
Oh, you are lining up goodies hero - CoD 2 I played several times trying to beat all the difficulties - I also enjoyed the early MoH games tremendously! Never did I believe though that that would be the norm of how almost all games would play in the future...

Shooters need more diversity, we need more Serious Sam and "crazy" games that is all about the feel or running through levels that are designed awesomly and have that feeling of blasting things and enemies to bit down to perfection. All the pseudo-realistic war-shooters are turning into old arcade games - press a number of different buttons to time-attack a boss and then shuffle to cover and lean out to shoot...