Here's a chat with President of Piranha Games on MechWarrior Online.
Excerpt: MechWarrior Online is a Free to Play Game- What really attracted you to that style of publication?
First and foremost the game industry has change significantly. For independent developers console space gaming has really become an almost impossible barrier of entry for your standard developer. Even the large publishers are struggling because in order to put a game on the console the production has to be so immense- it has to be Call of Duty, Halo level brands. It’s really unsustainable, even for the large publishers.