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EA Executive Thinks All Games in Next Five to Ten Years will be Free-to-Play

Category: Gaming
Posted: 01:44AM

Free-to-play games seem to be everywhere these days, with subscription MMOs turning nearly daily and new titles being announced every week. There are more than enough free games to keep you occupied for quite some time, and if you have some money to spare, can improve your game with many enhancements. EA is certainly no stranger to F2P games with its Play4Free selection, but if you listen to one executive, it seems F2P games will be the standard for all companies. EA's COO Peter Moore believes every game in the next five to ten years will be free-to-play, with add-ons requiring a fee and $60 games dropping off substantially. Moore does not think $60 games (that is, big-budget games) will completely disappear, but the market will shift to F2P titles. Billions of people can access these free titles, but that microtransactions will rule the day. Moore likens it to walking into a store; you can browse all you want, try on a new shirt, but must pay for something if he wants it. A different analogy, to be sure, but one that works just the same.

Gaming has gone from the grasp of the few to the many, where a touchscreen is all you need to call yourself a gamer, according to Moore. I do not think he is far off at all, and the future may turn to F2P in the end no matter what hardcore gamers desire.

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VaporX on June 21, 2012 04:59AM
Is this the same executive that said $60 was to much for games and digital distribution should be used to lower prices? Is this the same executive that said that EA would never cheapen a game by putting it on sale at huge cuts in price? I do not think he is wrong, especially since I said the same thing on my show a YEAR ago.
That_Guy on June 21, 2012 09:30AM
I doubt it. Major titles with a good quality will remain pay-per-month. What we see today is that most titles that went f2p just cannot compete with names like WoW. EVE online is another good example but it has almost no competition (i cant think of an online game that would be similar to EVE really). However there are titles that were planned as F2P and were a major success (i am looking at you, League of Legends). I am also expecting some quality F2P products from Crytek, since they announced all their future titles to be F2P. So i wouldn't rush with saying that *all the games* but yeah, majority of them most likely will.
slick2500 on June 21, 2012 06:41PM
But these free to play games need to change their items that can be purchased, they should not be things that give players an unfair advantage over someone who doesn't pay, because then the game is no longer free to play.

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