E3 2014: Sony Commits To F2P For PS4
“We're committed to making PlayStation the best destination for free-to-play games.”
Those were the bold words spoken by Sony Computer Entertainment America President and CEO Shawn Layden during Sony's presentation at E3 on Monday.
“Free-to-play offers a great way to discover new worlds and experiences and we think this category will explode on PlayStation in the coming years. Right now, we have more than 25 free-to-play games coming to PS4 in the next 12 months, including Kingdom Under Fire II from Blueside, PlanetSide 2 from Sony Online Entertainment, and Guns Up! from Valkyrie Entertainment.
“And on PlayStation, at point of entry, free-to-play means free-to-play.”
A montage of games followed, with the interesting disclaimer “Certain features available for a fee,” which I'd imagine refers to the presence of microtransactions – free-to-play ain't totally free, after all.
Still, Layden's and Sony's message seems to be that you shouldn't have to pay a fee to access free-to-play games, which has been a strength for Sony and a stumbling block for Microsoft. It takes a little more effort than just selling a game for $60 and moving on, but free-to-play is a viable path for consoles to take. Sony realizes this and is looking to corner the market early while their console competitors spin their wheels.
About the Author
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.
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