Apr 11, 2011
Free-to-play (F2P) games have been gaining ground for a while now with games like Lord of the Rings: Online upping their revenue by moving to a micro-transaction based system.
Reports are now surfacing that Microsoft’s XBL service might be moving toward hosting F2P games in the future.
IGN reports that “a trusted source” claimed that:
“[Microsoft] will allow publishers and developers to release games through the service for free where users can then purchase additional content, such as weapons, experience points, in-game currency, and perks.”
If this is the case it suggests a change in the Xbox Live service that will strike a lot of different chords with people. Will this encourage a movement away from physical media? Is that a bad thing? Will these games be open only to Gold members, thus making it NOT free?
We’ll bring you more when we get it.
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[source: Game Informer]