It may be one of the best looking games on the PlayStation 4, but Capcom has confirmed that Deep Down will be free-to-play. The shock announcement came at the Tokyo Game Show overnight, after the Japanese publisher had allowed attendees to sample the game at the PlayStation booth all week – where it was always believed to be a retail release.

The co-operative dungeon crawler – which Sony is actually collaborating on – will receive a public beta right around the launch of the PS4 in Japan. The console’s due out on 22nd February in the Land of the Rising Sun, so the online test will probably deploy in March. We reckon that that’s a pretty good consolation for the console’s delay.

It’s not yet clear how the business model will impact the title’s structure, but it stands to reason that you’ll be able to splash out on new weapon types, armour, and more. This is the second surprise announcement regarding the mysterious release in as many weeks, as Capcom also confirmed recently that the title is set in the future – despite its medieval aesthetic.

Deep Down was one of the hottest titles on display at the Tokyo Game Show this week, so it’ll be interesting to see whether the free-to-play announcement dampens the excitement surrounding the game. On the one hand, it’s always nice to get something for nothing – but those hoping for a traditional sprawling adventure may end up disappointed by what’s actually produced.