Crytek has a busy future ahead of them with heavy aspirations in the Free-To-Play (F2P) market. Crytek’s CEO, Cevat Yerli, and his company are making a path towards their new business model. A model of F2P triple-A titles.
The F2P movement is no new thing, but to have a very important publisher pushing themselves to that, is something else entirely. In an interview with VentureBeat Cevat Yerli said that Crytek’s future will be in the production of F2P titles within the next 2 to 5 years. The makers of the original Far Cry, and the Crysis games will continue pushing their awe-inspiring atmospheres for free.
The first steps in their new legacy will be Gface, their distribution method (similar to Steam or Ubisoft’s uPlay). Gface shows off a very unique twist that seems to be similar and also outshines the current Xbox Smartglass status. Cross-Platform cooperative play. It sends chills down my spine. Their promise of Casual and Core 2D and 3D games with their publishing history and the endless possibilities and beauty of the CryENGINE will no doubt help in their cause.
Gface looks as pretty as it looks open. The social media aspect of it looks to be very streamlined. Chat, video response, party gaming, all the positive aspects that get you playing with your friends.
Warface, as their flagship F2P title, will likely be seeing a lot more media coverage in the future. It’s a slick-looking online FPS that features both Player vs. Player and Player vs. Enemy with some interesting co-op features (for that Gface social aspect). All that said, let’s not forget about Crysis 3, which looks brilliant, and comes out February 19th.