In a speech at GDC yesterday, Sony Senior Account Executive Sarah Thompson re-iterated the company’s commitment to the free-to-play model, especially on PlayStation 4. According to Gamespot, Thompson’s comments indicated a strongly positive outlook from the company for the future of free-to-play gaming:
“I think that it’s going to be a really a big chunk of our revenues in the next few years; 3-5 years. And it’s already growing at amazing rates that are really quite surprising.
“I think that it’s really taking us into where we need to be as a company,” she said. “As a company, we do fully believe in free-to-play.”
Representatives of Daybreak Game Company, formerly Sony Online Entertainment, also took part in the panel, with Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Laura Naviaux saying that
“Every indication is that there is a tremendous amount of opportunity for growth with free-to-play on consoles.”
Even former PlanetSide 2 Game Director Matt Higby got into the conversation, saying that the company left a lot of “money on the table” with the game’s F2P implementation.
So if you were hoping that Sony (and probably Daybreak) was going to steer away from the F2P space, think again.