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.

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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. futy on March 16, 2015

    not F2P cause you need hardware to play with it?
    WTF are you playing other F2P games on? Air?
    Or since you need a PC for it, it’s not F2P at all? F2P doesn’t even exist? This is the Matrix?!
    Or hardware that is not made by Sony, is a different story, cause Sony is the devil?
    Please enlighten me, show me the secrets of your oh-so-amazing logic.

  2. RY on March 4, 2015

    Oh you mean the same company that sold SOE? Yeah, F2P sure is taking you where you need to be.

    • Ummmmm on March 11, 2015

      Yeah I was wondering the same thing, so F2P is taking them where they need to be but they just sold off their F2P Mmo devs?….

  3. F2P NOT on March 4, 2015

    its not F2P if we have to PAY for playstaion plus so that we can play online so calling games F2P is a lie as you PAY 2 Play.

    • LJ6148 on March 4, 2015

      how is it not free to play? every game under free to play doesn’t need plus that’s only for games u bought to play online f2p is real

    • TwoDigitScout on March 5, 2015

      Not all F2P games require Playstation Plus to play. Warthunder and Planetside 2 just to name a couple.

    • ForsakenGunz on March 7, 2015

      sooo if we cant play them without playstation plus then i guess my friend is a hacker? ill say he isnt lol free to play mean exactly that free to play they arent going to make you buy playstation plus just to play these free to play games… and also playstation plus is $50 for a year and you get well over that much money back in free games (even more so for me because i have ps3 and ps4 and 1 membership supports both with same account)

  4. unmarked on March 4, 2015

    seeing as how the only actual unique games that are successful on the ps4 atm are free to play games i can see why.

  5. coma on March 4, 2015

    Its all fakes and scam pay 2 win games don’t trust them

    • Skyless on March 4, 2015


    • ForsakenGunz on March 7, 2015

      planetside 2 will be a true free to play when it releases on ps4 i know this because i play the pc version and i am top ranked without having ever paid money

  6. Kenpokiller on March 4, 2015

    Freemium bullshit =/ F2P