Feeds

Crytek says future is free-to-play

Waves goodbye to retail

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Crytek has revealed plans to leave traditional retail behind, with the developer set to go all out free-to-play for future games releases.

“We are in the transitional phase of our company... from packaged goods games into an entirely free-to-play experience," said Crytek boss Cevat Yerli in an interview with Videogamer.

"All the new games that we’re working on, as well new projects, new platforms and technologies, are designed around free-to-play and online.”

Crysis 3

Goodbye cruel world of retail

This may mean Crysis 3, set to hit shelves in 2013, could be the company's last full-price retail title and potentially the final instalment of the franchise. Unless, of course, Crysis becomes an online free-to-play mashup - a far cry (no pun intended) from the current singe-player centric model.

Crytek has ran into piracy problems in the past, with Crysis 2 named the most illegally downloaded game of 2011. Crytek has also complained about the second-hand games market, backing rumoured plans to stop gamers buying cheap discs or swapping games with their pals.

Could free-to-play be the change of direction the developer needs, or has the threat of eye-patched internet surfers actually pushed one of gaming's more revered developers into an area that generally appeals less to the hardcore masses?

With dwindling subscription figures, BioWare is said to be looking towards making Star Wars: The Old Republic a free-to-play game as well, GamesTM reports. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register
Bentley found in a hedge gets WW2 lump insertion
What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight
You fought hard and you saved and earned. But all of it's going to burn...
Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids
Stylish Googlephones for not-so-deep pockets
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.