The PC free-to-play market is booming, we’ve got a bucket full of fantastic games some of which can be compared to the top console AAA titles that are around today; even large AAA developers such as Ubisoft have jumped in on the action with Ghost Recon: Online. But for some reason the free-to-play model hasn’t really touched the home console system.
Granted, both Microsoft and Sony are trying; With the Xbox 360 getting the adorable team brawler Happy Wars, and PlayStation 3 recently getting Dust 514. It just hasn’t had the impact that you’d expect from a F2P game.
Sony seem intent on changing that with the PlayStation 4. Yesterday IGN announced that the popular free-to-play title, Warframe was going to be a launch title on the PlayStation 4 when it gets released at the end of the year. In an interview with IGN, Warframe creative director Steve Sinclair confirmed that the game will be coming to the PlayStation 4 at launch and will contain a similar free-to-play model as the PC version.
“Sony caught wind of [Warframe], and said, ‘hey, what do you think of bringing it over to PlayStation 4?’, and we were very surprised to hear that,” Sinclair went on to say that the arrangement between Sony and Digital Extremes was mostly attractive to them because the company “retain[s] control of the game, and we don’t have to necessarily get into bed with a publisher and sell away our ideas and kind of lose our creative vision for the game.”
arMy experience with Warframe was a mostly positive one, I’m not a fan of the Sci-Fi genre so it took a little warming up, but essentially it’s a third person space shooter/slasher where you and several others co-operatively storm the level in order to eliminate the enemy and get to the end goal. It can often end up as a messy fast paced hack and slash with back up support from other team members who are shooting behind you.
Sinclair said this when asked if Warframe was a PlayStation 4 exclusive: “Well, so far, it’s looking that way, yes,”. The game is also set make use of the DualShock 4’s touch pad and come with a companion application for both iOS and Android.
Hopefully Microsoft make note of this and bring more hard hitting free-to-play titles to their next gen console.