You can find articles or blog posts all over the Internet pondering whether this game or that game should go free-to-play. I browse them occasionally — sometimes for informative purposes and sometimes for entertainment — but rarely report on them. Today, though, I wandered into a piece about a game I’d never considered as a F2P candidate but that would make a fair bit of sense.

Over on, Dave Thier postulates that Bungie’s Destiny should make the jump to F2P. He argues that the base game is already heavily discounted, to $15.89 on Amazon for PS4 (though he doesn’t notice the $14.31 price tag for Xbox One), so he figures that it might as well go F2P to serve as a loss leader to get more people playing and possibly boost expansion sales.

It’s solid reasoning and not unlike what ArenaNet did with Guild Wars 2. The base game for that was often discounted as low as $10, and it went F2P just before the expansion came out, offering all vanilla content for free, adding two million more players, and, in theory, boosting expansion sales. As Thier notes, Destiny already has microtransactions and free content drops, so it’s pretty much F2P in all but name (and price tag) only.

Perception would probably be Destiny’s biggest issue, though. Games that go from paid to F2P are often seen as “failing” on some level, and while Guild Wars 2 has mostly avoided that label, Destiny’s had a rockier go of it. Also, free-to-play games have a harder time being accepted on consoles. Even if it made all the sense in the world to go F2P, would/could Bungie pull it off?

It’s an interesting thought, though, and one that I wouldn’t be shocked to see pick up steam next year. If you haven’t tried Destiny yet, would a free-to-play move get you to check it out?

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Brain Dean on April 22, 2017

    Your blog is so good and i Like this game

  2. Brain Dean on April 22, 2017

    Your blog is so good

  3. Arieswar on September 8, 2016

    Release the game on pc il play loved it on my ps4.
    Its a good game to spend some time here and there on far better then Defiance and far longer life span still a good online fps..

    you can actully have some fun in this game i did.

  4. Todoran on March 17, 2016

    f2p? welll still a crap game id never play …… :)))))))))))))

    • Jigga on June 6, 2016

      lol how do u know its shit when u didnt even play it dumbfuuuuck

  5. Merkadis on November 21, 2015

    Every game should just do F2P from the beginning and stop messing around.
    When done right and not abused it is the perfect model that makes everybody happy.
    Well, everybody except a milker company.

  6. Derpina on November 20, 2015

    It has that F2P / P2W crap quality

    • Karasu on November 20, 2015

      Not really

    • Cappie on November 20, 2015

      Really? So What exactly can I Buy with Silver that gives me an advantage?

      Oh what’s that? You can only buy Emotes?

      So how is it pay to win exactly?

    • Ty on November 21, 2015

      Pay to win? what game are you talking about.