According to Ben Cousins of NGmoco, we could see a game of an equivalent scale and ambition to Skyrim being released as free to play within the next couple of years.
Cousins was speaking during the keynote speech of the F2P conference, where he told the watching throng; “I am totally 100% confident – I will bet large amounts of money – that we will have, in the next few years, a free-to-play equivalent of Skyrim.
“A game like Skyrim, where you accrue skills and equipment over time, that you can play for hundreds of hours, is actually one of the easiest games to develop for a free-to-play model. That would be a big hit.”
Whether the free to play model would suit a game with the budget of Skyrim is debatable in my opinion as the funding would have to come from somewhere, be it micro transactions or in-game advertising, both elements that wouldn’t really suit the Elder Scrolls series or any equivalent game. Are you happy to pay $50 or so every couple of years or would you guys prefer a free to pay option? Hit up the comments and let us know.