Crytek, the developer of the highly popular Crysis franchise is planning to become a free to play only studio. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has confirmed that after the studio completes it existing contracts for blockbusters such as Crysis 3, Homefront 2 and Ryse, all Crytek games will be free to play. Those games are still in early development so the studio probably won’t be fully transitioned until mid 2014 I would think. Crytek has already started going down this path with this multiplayer FPS Warfarface. Once they go free to play all Crytek games will use a similar model using the company’s social gaming platform GFACE. Yerli went on to say:
“As we were developing console games we knew, very clearly, that the future is online and free-to-play.”
“Right now we are in the transitional phase of our company, transitioning from packaged goods games into an entirely free-to-play experience.
“What this entails is that our future, all the new games that we’re working on, as well new projects, new platforms and technologies, are designed around free-to-play and online, with the highest quality development.”
For those of you that immediately think that this will lower the quality of Crytek’s games, Yerli insist the contrary saying that their games will remain AAA quality and will have development budgets to match in the 10 to 30 million range. I respect Yerli as an industry vet, but I’m not sure I personally agree with him on the free to play revolution. What I do agree with him on is what he had to say about premium services and DLC
“If you look at what kind of games are done in the packaged goods market, with DLCs and premium services and whatnot, it’s literally milking the customers to death,”
On that me and Mr. Yerli are in firm agreement, the way they are doing these services like Call Of Duty Elite and Battlefield 3 Premium, to me it’s just getting out of hand, people already paid $60 to buy the game. I’m all for additional content for games but it’s getting out of hand. Bottom line I agree with him on the DLC part but I don’t think you will hear developers like Ubisoft and Naughty Dog going free to play anytime soon.