In an interview with Eurogamer, the CEO of Crytek, Cevat Yerli, talked about several things including the potential of future Crysis titles becoming free-to-play. He expressed that he believes the F2P model is the inevitable future, at least for the Crysis franchise although he would ideally release a full retail version alongside the F2P version. Yerli explained in a little more depth about why he felt this way and what the plans were and had this to say:
There’s a transformation period for the industry. I believe free-to-play is our inevitable future. I believe there are F2P titles out there that can be story-telling, that can be co-operative with your friends and can be competitive with your friends. It’s all possible. The business model is independent from the way you design games. It’s a very important thing. People always make these things dependent, but it’s actually completely independent.
But the most important aspect is there is a psychological transformation of the customers and the publishers that has to happen before everything is F2P on every platform. We are promoting these steps with other titles we’re doing right now in our company. Crysis, we do have a plan for a F2P version of Crysis, but how this looks and when this will be done, whether this is the next one or the other next one, is to be decided.
But we have a very clear picture of how this will look and how a transitional period where retail and free-to-play can coexist for one title.
Yerli also talked a little about plans for more Crysis games after Crysis 3. While he did say that in his mind the Crysis titles have always been a trilogy, he would not want to label any other Crysis titles “Crysis 4” because of the insinuation that Prophet’s story has not been finished. He wants it to be very clear to people that Crysis 3 will wrap up Prophet’s story and that any other Crysis games after this will follow different characters and different stories. One thing Yerli would not specify is which platforms those future titles would be available on. Granted, that is fairly understandable given that Crysis 3 has not even been released yet.
Given the trend over the past years with numerous PC games going F2P once the subscription numbers start to wane, or when trying to capture the “casual” gamer market, it will be interesting to see how the Crysis franchise fares if they do indeed take this approach right off the start. Perhaps the biggest advantage this series will have is that it isn’t trying to compete with WoW or The Old Republic. One thing is for certain though, Crysis 3 is set to be released in February 2013 for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 and from what we’ve seen of it, the title is going to be a graphical powerhouse of a game like the previous entries.
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