Items tagged with F2P

According to EA's Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgensen, all future games from the company will include microtransactions in a bid to further monetize the product. "We're building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way, either to get to a higher level to buy a new character, to buy a truck, a gun, whatever it might be," Jorgensen said. "Consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of the business." Jorgensen acknowledged the security challenges inherent to processing microtransactions in a server backend, but claims EA has plan in place to mitigate the potential risk.... Read more...
If there's one thing that NVIDIA proved to us loud and clear during 2012, it's that it loves free-to-play PC gaming. But who could blame them? When the idea of F2P first hit the market, most of the games felt free - but not in a good way. But today, many F2P offerings are just as meaty as those you might pay $50 for at their launch. Then there's the graphics. HAWKEN, Planetside 2 and World of Tanks in particular support NVIDIA's hardware well and look awesome, so it's understandable that the company would like to help promote them. Citing the fact that over 36 million users surveyed through Valve's... Read more...
We recently disccused Valve's decision to offer free-to-play games on Steam. Such titles make money either by selling items and upgrades in game (microtransactions) or by offering a tiered service. Free gamers have access to a significant portion of the game, while paid subscribers have access to additional gear, weapons, or areas. Valve has just taken a step up from offering free games. The company's popular Team Fortress 2, first released in October 2007, will now allow players to download and compete for free. Gamers will  be able to purchase certain gear, but doing so won't be a necessity.... Read more...
Steam has become an important launch point for all modern PC games but it's concentrated on titles that were sold as discrete products. As of this week, that's changed--the company has announced that it's adding support for multiple free-to-play games. F2P games offer free access to much of the game, but use microtransactions to fund the purchase of extras. Said extras can variously take the form of new areas to explore, weapon upgrades, power-ups / unique abilities, and in-game currency. The exact options depend on the title in question, but the system is designed to offer an immersive, enjoyable... Read more...