steel diverAccording to reports, Nintendo is scheduled to release their first free-to-play title at the end of the year. All we really knew was that it wasn’t going to be a Mario or Pokémon title, but IGN have reported that the game in question will in fact be based on the Nintendo 3DS launch title Steel Diver.

Steel Diver is a side scrolling submarine simulation game where players navigate the seas using a series of different touch screen based wheels, knobs, and levers. Shigeru Miyamoto has been quick to swat the idea that the free-to-play version will be a straight port and that looking at the game through the free model will somewhat change the games design.

“There is something we’re doing with the Steel Diver idea that I think is going to open things up with that game… It’s going to be very fun. We’re exploring from a perspective of where we can take that from a multiplayer standpoint – it’s going to have this four-player battle mode that I think is going to be very interesting,” Miyamoto IGN.

Like with most free-to-play titles they’re primarily multiplayer based with the occasional single player feature thrown in for good measure. It looks like the free-to-play Steel Diver might take on the same sort of concept.

Details are pretty thin right now and no real info on the game play and how the free-to-play model will be implicated into the game though it’s been made clear that Miyamoto is working on keeping the costs low with a primary focus on entertainment.

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