MWEB GameZone writes: During an earnings call earlier today, the CEO of EA Andrew Wilson has declared that 'free-to-start' games are the future of the industry. Here are the details."
Very interresting feature, hoping this works out well. I can see his point on the free-to-start model though!
The way he described it made it sound like traditional demos...
free to start meaning you get battlefield free then pay for bullets.
Sounds more like what Sony did with their 1 hour game trials for PS+. I don't know how well it worked out in terms of turn-around, but I can see it being more successful since you don't need to download the whole game anymore to try out a game. I think EA's version sounds more like a demo though, as it's one level to try out the game. That begs the question, is it the first level of a game(which typically aren't terribly interesting), or a special demo with a selected level to continue on. It's not a bad feature IMO, but hope it isn't the only way to buy games. I generally know what games I want to buy, but this would be nice to try out things I'm not sure about.
This sounds like ios games.....
I actually agree with EA on this one. The free to start has seen success with several titles. People want to try a game before investing in a title.
Yeh, I think EA is actually starting to really do a good job and taking what gamers want into account...
This idea, it's not terrible. But if anyone can screw it up, its EA.
I think they might actually pull it off, they probably want to avoid being nominated for the worst company in the US again :)
Its a good initiative, but lets wait and see...Just I hope we don't get buried in microtransactions....
Brace yourselves, microtransactions incoming
Guess what's coming to Star Wars Battlefront.........
I wonder if their servers can handle having so many people playing
So EA basically thought of the demo.
I was think the exact same thing. It will most likely be like the HOTS beta with micro transactions XD
It's time we brought back some form of Shareware.
Basically EA is borrowing Shareware..... Its an old concept. Games like Doom or Wolfenstien in the DOS days Let you have like one level/chapter or something then you are told to buy the full game to play beyond that chapter, but you could replay that one section as much as you wanted. Only way to buy games at that time was only at like retail stores.
But instead, the full game behind a timewall instead of a separate download for this early-made level of a game.
Sony did the same thing pretty much on PS+, and I don't remember anyone complaining about it. Of course, EA has a tendency of taking a good idea and screwing it in some way with stupid casual game money making principals.
What are the people at EA smoking?
isnt that feature already available?, considering with ea access you get a 6hr trial on whatever game they offer
Its is different by the looks of it, as they are testing the stuff right now hey. Microtransactions might open up in order to play another chapter for example...
So what I play a game for free and then boom a $19.99 price to unlock the full game pops up. Don't they do this style already on Android and IOS. Where first its free we call that a demo then you have to pay to unlock the game. Then they make useless micro transactions in these games.I wonder who was licking the bus tires at EA to come up with this idea?
Mass console microtransactions coming in 3,2,1...
Well that would be a disaster for them then won't it? They release another Battlefield 4 and people will know without parting with any of their cash.
It's EA so count me out.
I'm very sceptical about this feature, it sounds to me they are just trying to label the micro transactions pay into a different word. No matter which way I look at it, it doesn't seem this new free play model tryouts will be gamers friendly.. Let's hope this doesn't become a trend..
I think this will be like killer instinct. You get the game free.. But only one character
For all the suckers. Enjoy.
Once again. A concept that sounds cool, but it's gonna be exploited like crazy either by EA themselves or once Ubi, Activision and etc. get their hands on the concept. Here's hoping I can play the first hour of Mass Effect Next and then when I pay for the rest of the game, I actually get the entirety of the rest of the game... no BS included.
If it works like trials currently, I'd be all for it. surely EA has learned from EA Access that letting people download the entire game, and play a large portion of it prior to purchasing it leads to greater sales. I recently bought Destiny only after completing the free trial. Knowing that I'd pick up where I left off helped seal the deal. People being cynical right now, seems pretty baseless...