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Crytek Confident in Ability to Make Free-to-Play Single-Player Experiences Work
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Crytek is confident that the free-to-play model can be made to work for traditional single-player experiences.

The company recently announced its intention abandon retail in favour of digitally distributed free-to-play games, a model that lends itself to multiplayer experiences. Yet that won't discourage Crytek from making narrative-based, single-player titles like Crysis.

“We’ll figure out how to make a game like Crysis 3 work,” said Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli. “If the proposition is, the gamer gets the games for free, well, that’s better for the gamer. And what’s best for the gamer is best for the industry.”

Yerli went on to describe some of the positives of free-to-play.

“Customers have to put up with all this crap right now, legal notices, copyright protection. The best way to get rid of all that is go free,” he said.

“The gamers get what they want – free access – and if your game is good enough you can hook them in, whether that’s a single-player game, or multiplayer, or co-op, or an RPG, an RTS, or Fifa, or whatever, it really doesn’t matter.

“For every game you can find a solution. For every single one of them. It’s a creative challenge, nothing else.”

All of which sounds rather heartening, doesn’t it? But beware, free-to-play isn’t all good. Check out our feature on the perils of freemium, in which EA CEO John Riccitiello suggests charging Battlefield players a dollar to reload. Scary stuff.

[via Guardian]


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Comment #1 by Deano09
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 03:30:26 AM
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This is a real big step forward. Over priced games that rake in money over stuff that should be free.
Look at call of duty. The money they make. Call of duty elite should of been free to all !!.

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Comment #2 by Onelastbreath
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 03:48:26 AM
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Sounds like a great idea in principal but when you consider the implications of micro transactions in games its just another way for a company to stiff you. They are there to make as much money as possible, this is just a pleasant front to that cause.

I,m happy to keep buying my games.

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Comment #3 by Arron114
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 03:50:57 AM
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That news article you have linked at the bottom should be read by all. Its well versed and is a shocking read.

“We’ll figure out how to make a game like Crysis 3 work,” said Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli. “If the proposition is, the gamer gets the games for free, well, that’s better for the gamer. And what’s best for the gamer is best for the industry.”

What a load of fucking rubbish. Least that EA had the balls to say 'we will suck you in then bleed you dry '


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Comment #4 by Floodclaw
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 04:00:09 AM
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I don't get why Crytek is making such a big deal out of this. This sort of thing for single-player games has been around for forever - it's called playing a demo before buying the game. That's exactly what this sounds like, except you have the ability to buy the game through the demo.

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Comment #5 by dirge
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 04:06:23 AM
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I don't like it one bit.

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Comment #6 by Sanchezz4387
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 04:13:55 AM
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Has no body told this prick to shut the fuck up yet? Yerli we get you love the sound of your own voice but your starting to irritate me now, your F2P model will NOT work on consoles now fuck off and go micro blog on or!!

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Comment #7 by Earthbound_X
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 04:24:14 AM
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Yeah, it's not like "F2P" games can end up costing more then 60 bucks in the long, run, no thank you.

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Comment #8 by Wabbit
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 04:26:34 AM
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They should focus in making decent games more than anything else.

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Comment #9 by Pyro Stick
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 04:27:41 AM
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Any game involving "fremiumm" and "micro transactions" and im out.

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Comment #10 by SmarmySmurf
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 04:45:06 AM
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A solution in search of a problem.

Crytek should work on their ability to make a on-disc $60 retail single-player experience "work" first. I honestly can't recall a single thing about their single-player campaigns in any of their games. Well, there was that one time when you shoot the thing, but...

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Comment #11 by Nevander
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 04:59:12 AM
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Free-to-Play will be the real crysis for games.

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Comment #12 by BUZZARDIO 1080
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 05:25:07 AM
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@11 nicely done

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Comment #13 by Caramel Cardinal
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 05:35:09 AM
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I do like the idea of free to play, but seriously it will never work on a console microsoft want to make money not give people free stuff

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Comment #14 by creaper210
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 05:49:11 AM
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Free. I usually like free things. But I know if they do this, it means I'll have to pay twice what I originally would just to experience all the content. This is a bad idea.

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Comment #15 by Brandeniuz
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 06:14:56 AM
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I can't believe they haven't noticed the massive backlash to this yet...

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Comment #16 by Philosopher
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 06:24:56 AM
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I'm getting tired of this BS with "free" to play and digital crap! I will never going to pay for a game that i will not have on physical source and pay to have access to next level! What's next? They will sell achievements?

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Comment #17 by Joshi 82 AT
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 06:41:07 AM
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Currently the videogameindustry is like inflating a balloon. At one time it goes *poff*, a lot of the companies will loose a lot of money and the trend goes back to what we gamers want and not the way it is now that the industry tells us what we want. (fyi english is not my native language :D)

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Comment #18 by Steakslave
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 08:32:10 AM
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Now that consoles are online machines we're going to see a lot of these new and scary business models pop up constantly. Season passes are practically the norm now for big budget releases. Even Nintendo has annouced DLC for NSMB2 on the 3DS. Additional content is fine, but should never outshine the original release; and releasing games that are unfinished without DLC or served in bite sized pay as you go pieces is not cool. Greedy game companies will not heed the backlash from vocal gamers as long as their wallets get fatter. If they start pulling this crap we need to starve their wallets...

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Comment #19 by Robrob100
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 09:21:07 AM
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i can see it now, we will end up having to pay to unlock our achievements.

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Comment #20 by fresh fish 101
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 10:32:26 AM
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every button press, whether it be in menus or in-game, will cost 25 cents. this will be the decline of the industry... if it hasent already happened of course.

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Comment #21 by Scobiwan31
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 11:16:36 AM
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This is just Yerli trying to do damage control for the harm he's done Crytek with his last half-dozen spouts. Note to Yerli, the best damage control you can do at this point is to shut your stupid fat head! And no, I still won't be buying Crysis 3...

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Comment #22 by mijihon
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 12:32:40 PM
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They can attempt to polish a turd as hard as they like. The fact of the matter is that if free-to-play was going to cost the consumer less money then they would stick with the current format and wouldn't consider it.

They know full well that it'll bleed the average gamer dry in the long run, costing them well over the £40/$60 price tag they currently pay now.

If things like Fifa, Battlefield, etc start with this free-to-play shit then I'll switch to PES, etc, and if they do it too then i'll either pack in gaming completely or take more of an interest in PC gaming ;)

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Comment #23 by CHiLLiONS
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 03:21:46 PM
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I like crysis, but it isn't "that" good. Surely they know this and are willing to just lend it to you. LOL

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