Sony's Already Working on a Free-to-Play Title for the PlayStation 4
Posted by Sammy Barker
Shuhei Yoshida spills the beans
Sony’s already demonstrated its willingness to support different business models on the PlayStation 4, announcing episodic adventure Primal Carnage: Genesis and freemium shooter Blacklight: Retribution at GDC. But now the platform holder has revealed that it’s experimenting with the different initiatives itself, confirming that it already has a free-to-play title in development for its next generation machine.
“We are developing a free-to-play type of game, but we haven’t announced it yet,” Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told Game Informer magazine, adding that the company is currently exploring many different models. “Overall, we are increasing investment in the digital side of development, either through digital titles like Journey that we’ve been doing, but also trying to add more service-based models to our games going forward, like DLCs or additional features post-launch.”
It’s unclear exactly what the free-to-play title could be, but Sony Online Entertainment has hinted in the past that its ambitious first-person shooter PlanetSide 2 could be coming to the PS4. Like DC Universe Online and Free Realms, the MMO uses a freemium model, so could possibly be what Yoshida’s referring to. Are you fond of free-to-play games, or do you find the presence of microtransactions disruptive? Let us know in the comments section below.