Ready for big-budget games to go free-to-play? Well, it seems we’re getting closer and closer every day. In fact, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli recently revealed that he expects the company to go entirely free-to-play within 5 years.
Speaking with GamesBeat, Yerli explained that the decision to embrace the f2p model isn’t a new one, but something the team has planned on doing for quite some time.
“We decided five or six years ago that we want to marry the quality of triple-A games with the business model of free-to-play,” Yerli told GamesBeat. “And out of that position, Gface and Warface were born. And at that time, we decided some other games, in some of our other studios, would head in this direction. But we kept pushing the quality bar higher on our console business, which is the main dominating business for the Western world, but we are observing, plainly — and we see this already with Warface — that the free-to-play market is on the rise. I think over the next two to three years, free-to-play is going to rival retail with quality games like Warface.”
Gface will be Crytek’s new platform to aid them during the transition. Compared to Steam for free games, the hope is that Gface will connect large numbers of PC gamers. It will most likely launch alongside “Warface” — Crytek’s first major freemium shooter — later this year.
“This doesn’t mean our main business will be driven by our platform business,” Yerli said. “We are just going to open it up and see how it works. We are always going to be a games-first company. We will always have our own development because we are all about making games. We provide technology, but technology is not our main driver. We make technology to make great games.”
“Crysis 3” launches in North America on February 19th