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EA Will Charge Players to Fill Their Tank With Gas in New Need For Speed Game

Crave Online: "EA, the company behind the much-maligned mobile game Dungeon Keeper which saw players being pilfered of their money in order to progress, is dipping its toes back in the murky water once again with iOS and Android game Need For Speed: No Limits, which requests that players fill up the tank of their vehicle with gas if they want to keep racing, or else they’ll have to wait an extended period of time in order to do so."

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JMaine5181000d ago

The king of micro transactions strikes again.

PoSTedUP1000d ago (Edited 1000d ago )

next thing you know we'll be paying per bullet and a termination fee to exit out of a game.

denawayne1000d ago

I can see it in BF. You have to wait 1 minute to spawn OR you could just pay X amount of money to spawn instantly.

vishmarx1000d ago

they werent gonna get humbled by ubisoft twice in a row

Dee_911000d ago (Edited 1000d ago )

EA, and their consumer friendly practices strikes yet again.Making pre game release DLC a norm just wasn't enough for them.They just have to continue to make money in places money shouldn't be made.I wish the consumers would stop eating this crap up though... I mean I can't expect much from EA but people need to be more frugal when it comes to this stuff.If you don't buy it they won't just keep it in storage they will eventually release it...

nt$300 = $9.65... I wouldn't even spend that much for a mobile game by itself, let alone essentially rent one.

aCasualGamer999d ago

EA: "We don't want to be known as the worst voted company any longer. We will strive to make a change."

...few months later...

"Hey... let's charge gamers real money for fake gas! It's realistic."

BISHOP-BRASIL999d ago

@Dee

Also, I bet you could run your real car for longer with $9.65 worth of real gas.

bouzebbal999d ago

NFS No Limit for retardation..
made by EA.
Mobile gaming smh...

lipton101999d ago

NFS has been trash for the past few years anyway. And EA? Utter criminals. I hope this derivative game sells less than 100k

Razputin999d ago

Jesus Christ people stop giving them ideas.

You know someone is scouring these comments and seeing what ideas are actually good and plausible.

Wizard_King999d ago (Edited 999d ago )

Every game made by King i.e. Candy Krush, Papa Pear etc. all have this system, it's just hearts not tanks of fuel. Adventure Time Card Wars does it.

Heck I can go on the Play Store right now and find about 100 non EA games that are all doing the same thing in one form or another.

I'm not saying it's good or right. But EA are not the first at this by a long shot. Mobile gaming has been suffering from this type of cancer for years now. EA are fairly late to the show with this tactic TBH, I just hope they keep it out of mainstream gaming.

But if anyone has the balls to try and screw gamers over as badly as some of the ideas above me it's EA.

-_-

Silly Mammo999d ago

This is an Onion article right?

KING85999d ago

LOL! That comment made me smile.

bigboirock999d ago

Adding were you got to feel up your tank is a great idea and should be in any game that deals with cars but paying real money for a tank is stupid but I highly doubt that this is real

UltraNova999d ago

EA... you done fucked it up! Again!

zeal0us999d ago

Need for Speed No Limit except on your gas tank.

SolidStoner999d ago

need for speed died for me years ago.. I think about after Underground 2, after that I had couple of tries, but the game now is for different audience... hope they will get back to NFS roots or just stop making it..

morganfell999d ago

"You know someone is scouring these comments and seeing what ideas are actually good and plausible."

But those are not the ideas which they have chosen to employ...

user5575708999d ago

this is by far the worst micro-transaction i have ever seen. the problem is that there are people who will pay it

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Mikelarry1000d ago

I wonder what their excuse is going to be this time as last time " they made a mistake by innovating too much"

xer0999d ago (Edited 999d ago )

This game use to be good :(

caseh1000d ago

Everyone is acting like this is some kind of revelation, it's no different to the billions of mobile games that have energy or whatever the measurement is to do in-game actions.

The games are meant as a distraction, not for hardcore consumption. Just play until the resources are drained, then come back to it when you can be bothered and like magic, you will be able to play again.

nX1000d ago

No person on this planet should defend these kind of messed up business models, seriously.

caseh999d ago

@Bloodborn

And at the same time, no one should try to persecute one company, in this case EA when they are simply mirroring the format EVERY other F2P mobile game uses.

The alternative is constant adverts.

Burackus999d ago

That's what I was thinking most game out there have this, this isn't new

lipton101999d ago

Big difference: mobile games are usually "free" first, not $60 full releases

-EvoAnubis-999d ago

@lipton101: But the game they're talking about here IS a free mobile game. This isn't a console release.

jholden3249999d ago

You have a fair point. EA has earned their crown but this is one instance where they're just par for the course. It's a mobile game, free to play. This is how free to play games operate.

Nothing to see here folks, move along. I'm sure EA will be making headlines soon anyways.

husomc999d ago (Edited 999d ago )

the games that support this business model on the mobile devices don't cost 60$..

read the article. it's a frigging mobile game after all.....

Fez999d ago (Edited 999d ago )

I would defend the game in this instance, depending on how they implement it.
It all depends on how long the it takes for fuel to replenish. Most EA games are rubbish for this.. e.g. the Sims, Dungeon Keeper and The Simpsons mobile games - all ruined by wait-to-play gameplay.

Ubisoft have done the same with the mobile game Trials Frontier but it actually works because fuel replenishes fairly. It's a great game that now, thanks to a recent MP update, you don't need to spend any money on to enjoy. It also has an offline story mode unlike a lot of mobile games that require a constant connection.

In an ideal world, all mobile games would be totally free to play with no restriction on gaming but it would mean less high quality games. A lot of the games we love only continue to exist because they make money so I think it's reasonable that a developer/publisher should be able to make money on a game they have made.

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Snookies121000d ago

Yeah really, wow... When I read that headline, I thought for sure this was a satire article.

DougLord999d ago

Me too! No way any company would do that.

But I guess people are right - its like any F2P game. In fact its not as bad as some. Those card collecting games - you eventually hit a level where you cant progress unless you buy card packs. But usually not until you have enough hours in to not want to quit.

Gaming is becoming a psychology experiment like casino design. How do we get people addicted and suck as much $$ from them as possible.

It used to be that you have to spend $100 million and make a massive AAA game to sell 10 million copies and make $500 million. Now their are 10 F2P games out there clearing $500 million a year. Candy Crush probably cost $10 to make.

Snookies12999d ago (Edited 999d ago )

I also love how it's called "Need for Speed No Limits", except for when you run out of gas lol...

Ashlen999d ago (Edited 999d ago )

No joke, I half thought it was going to be satire as well.

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shloobmm31000d ago

Isn't this a free to play game? it
s not different then the model on every free 2 play mobile game

Narutone66999d ago

If it's F2P, it's like Candy Crush or any other F2P games out for the mobile market. If they are selling the game, then that's really unscrupulous of them.

ifistbrowni1000d ago

I thought this was going to be a satire article when I clicked on it...

3-4-5999d ago

* Player Movement/ Animation Fees = $10 per 20 steps.

* All cars are Red, unless you pay $5 to unlock the Full Human Visible Color Spectrum.

* Every time an NPC looks at you, you have to pay $2, unless of course you pay $10 to get "look/charge" reduced.

* Saving your game the first time is free, but after that it's $5 for each Save Slot & $2 per individual save.

* One music track for the entire game, unless you pay $20 to unlock the Full Soundtrack.

Muzikguy999d ago (Edited 999d ago )

That soundtrack could micro'd some more! Let's charge more money to play them in replays! Let's charge to view replays and to upload footage! Need more cars? Pay for those too! Want more tracks? Pay for those too! We've also got a "free" patch coming that will add dynamic weather. It's FREE after you pay us $10.

I was going to say don't give them any more ideas and then I go and do the same... I've failed us all

TBONEJF999d ago

WORLD'S MOST GREEDIEST software company

22CobraKing999d ago

Greedy? their is a whole bunch of F2P games that do this,

shloobmm3999d ago

It would appear you have never played a f2p mobile games because they are all based around this model. You either pay to speed the process up or wait until it recharges. Stop criticizing things you clearly are to inept to understand.

Muzikguy999d ago (Edited 999d ago )

It has to be satire! It just has to be!!!

I sure as hell hope people don't buy into this game. The people's examples above me I can totally see happening. I really REALLY hate the F2P model

kparks999d ago

Hooe the dont give ubisoft any ideas

nowitzki2004999d ago

A man will not get this NFS game. and a man will also stop buying EA games if this ridiculousness keeps going.

GT67999d ago

this is ABSOLUTELY crazy, how do EA think NFS in recent titles of disappointments after Blackbox studio Mostwanted has that addiction pull for mobile gamers to spend Real money to unlock continuation of racing.if Ghost games try this crap on their 2015 game let me be the first to say NFS is burnout DEAD!!

SheenuTheLegend999d ago

i m gonna be pirates of the gameibean, if this happened

BABY-JEDI999d ago

This is GREAT. I love authenticity. Now they should charge us for car damage, insurance policies, & when you get caught by the law, bail-out money. See... This will teach all us gamers to be good citizens.
: P

Magicite999d ago

It seems EA wants to reclaim back their throne.

ZombieKiller999d ago

Need for Speed Unlimited: Mmakes you wait or pay for gas

Define irony...

TAURUS-555999d ago

hahaha classic EA, MS....how pathetic. thats why i love sony

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Neonridr1000d ago (Edited 1000d ago )

I thought they were referring to a new console game at first. A game where you had to buy gas using in game currency would have been acceptable. But using it as a cheap tactic for more microtransactions involving real money is just dumb.

Concertoine1000d ago

I think it would work in a GTA game, make police chases a lot more hectic as you need to switch vehicles.

nowitzki2004999d ago

Yeah with fake money that would be fun. Paying for fake gas with real money I would never even buy the game.

Excalibur1000d ago

no they won't because I won't buy it.

Voozi999d ago

How do you buy a game that's free in the first place lol

nowitzki2004999d ago

How is it free if its a driving game and you need to pay for gas?

If its free for you, you are not going anywhere I guess.

Voozi998d ago

It's free because buying gas is optional. You can either wait X time for you to play again when you run out of gas aka energy...a mechanic not new to free mobile games, or if you're impatient you can spend money.

If you clicked on the article and read it, you can clearly see a screenshot showing a timer with 1m 25s remaining, thus the purchase of fuel is 100% optional.

I guess it's okay for other companies to say whoops you ran out of lives, please pay or wait X minutes to play again. Right?

nidhogg1000d ago (Edited 1000d ago )

Worst company ever. And people are still gonna download everything that they make. ugh.

Death1000d ago (Edited 1000d ago )

It's a "free to play" game. If they didn't have micro-transactions to recoup development costs, how exactly do you think they will do it? You don't actually believe they should make games for free do you? I'm not sure what the incentive is to work for nothing.

BiggerBoss999d ago (Edited 999d ago )

If you think the mess of microtransactions is just to recoup dev costs, then you are very wrong. They use this business model because it isnt expensive, and it makes TONS of money.

In 2013 alone, Clash of Clans made over $800 million in microtransactions. Do you think it even costed a FRACTION of that to create CoC?

"Recouping development costs"

Death999d ago

I'm not sure Clash of Clans represents all mobile games. It's rare for a mobile game to be that successful. I think I spent $10 on Clash of Clans. I spent enough time with the game that I felt comfortable kicking them a few bucks. Many other free to play mobile games struggle to make money. It's not nearly as clear cut as you may think. Need for Speed can be played for free. If you enjoy the game enough that the wait time seems excessive, you probably should pay a little anyway. In the end it all comes down to the user.

Alsybub1000d ago

Next they'll be charging every time you re-load your gun, in CoD.