Crytek CEO: Our goal is to ‘transition entirely’ to free-to-play games in 2 to 5 years

Crytek's chief executive Cevat Yerli talks about dominating the virtual world with free-to-play games.

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darkronin2291809d ago

Triple-A quality for free-to-play games is nice and all, but the real challenge is not forcing the business model/microtransactions down gamers' throats. There are very few F2P games that balance this well -- League of Legends is one that comes to mind -- and it's almost impossible to jump into a F2P game and just think about the *game* and not what it's trying to charge you for.

Also, I wonder what this means for future Crysis/Homefront games...

Muffins12231809d ago

Generally free to play games tend to be overpriced in the long run and they make you pay for silly shit like ammo or jewels or in game money which gives the kid who spent 100's of dollars on it a huge advantage.I would be okay with free to play if it was so that the most you could spend would be like 80 dollars and you would unlock everything and there would be no in game currency that you could cheat and buy your way through,but that's pretty much in every Free too play game.

GamerSciz1809d ago


Team Fortress 2 does the F2P well however it wasn't original F2P and if you don't pay for it there are some minor limitations. However, having a crafting system helps balance the game very well.

SilentNegotiator1809d ago

They turned it into a reason to have Steam and make money from a game that was getting old. A model of hat DLC wouldn't justify the expense of a AAA game.

Jobesy1809d ago

This of one reason why I won't be an early adopter next gen. I want to see what business models publishers use. Dlc has left a bad taste in my mouth as it is. If we start getting a lot of pay to win type games from major publishers as well as more expensive games I may not get a next gen console for couple years.

Monolith1809d ago

Me to. I'm not paying thousands of my hard earned money to escape in a game. Sorry greedy developers. Your not getting my money. Eventually you'll have to buy your rank up as well. I'm not supporting this.

ATi_Elite1809d ago (Edited 1809d ago )

All free to play is a HUGE mistake.

Nexon the F2P king of the world has seen it's profits take a funny hit and has branched out to facebook and has plans for iOS and Android games to keep revenue steady!

Nobody and I mean NOBODY does F2P better than Nexon and Nexon even seems to realize being 100% F2P is not a long term solution.

Nexon is a Billion dollar Publisher of F2P games. MapleStory, Vindictus, Dragon Nest, etc..

Crytek needs to keep a good balance of F2P games and a strong SP experience. Warface is Cryteks only MP game that i respect as their previous MP modes were complete garbage so Crytek needs to stick to a good SP experience.

Also i find it funny that Crytek the company made famous by PC Gamers, who intern turned it's back on PC Gamers to kiss consolers butts is now realizing the grass is not always greener on the other side.

F2P if done right can make a Publisher a ton of cash but you gotta do it right. If a Gamer views a game as a long term commitment then that gamer will happily spend cash on customizations to make his/her character unique.

But if your just slapping a price tag on every bullet you fire then your game will FAIL.

papashango1809d ago

2nd to last paragraph was all that needed to be said. LoL is where it is due to how they approached f2p. Planetside 2 has done it right.

Crytek under the management of EA will doomed to fail. I won't spend a penny on a f2p game as long as EA is the boss

DeadlyFire1808d ago (Edited 1808d ago )

Crytek is not under EA management. They just use EA to publish titles. Under free to play they wouldn't really need EA to publish honestly, but they have sided with Trion Worlds for Warface.

Do you see EA logo on this trailer anywhere?
or this one?

This is why I believe Crytek like Free to Play. It gives them more options as crowds come to Free to Play either way like it or not they do. The key is if the game isn't solid out the gate then everyone will leave it. Poor Zygna found this out the hard way with its facebook games.

F2P only works when done right and NOONE has done it right to me yet. I have played many free to play games and none have enticed me to buy a single thing. They have to sell this stuff in the game to me like its a brand new AAA quality game for me to buy any of it. So far I have not seen that happen at all.

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JeffGrubb1809d ago (Edited 1809d ago )

So, does this mean they're done making single-player campaigns?

GamerSciz1809d ago

I personally don't like the F2P model since nowadays it is being known as the Freemium model. We shall see...

EvilFluff911809d ago


Probably but to be honest does it really matter, Crytek haven't made a good campaign since 2007.

Eyeco1809d ago

I find their games to be extremely overrated, I find them in general to be overrated, seriously there made out to be like a new Valve, or Id, but there games are just meh ,

I got down to playing Crysis last summer on my friends PC I've never felt so underwhelmed by shooter, the only reason why the gaming gives them the time of day is because of their tech

cpayne931809d ago

Crysis 1 was a good shooter with really open enviroments and gameplay style, but it had no personality at all.

stuna11809d ago

Well you all best make a game that can do WoW numbers! if that is all you are depending on as revenue. Sure they can fall back on the sales of their engine as middleware! But why severe ties with consoles, when you can have multiple streams of profit!?!

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