Report Says Xbox Live Will Get Free-to-Play Games Next Year
The new model will allow developers to create free games that can be downloaded through the service, but will include “microtransactions” throughout — like being able to purchase weapons or levels beyond what’s available for free. The same model is used in games like Farmville on Facebook and with free mobile games, as well as in lots of massively multiplayer online games.
That’s about all there is as far as details so far. “Freemium,” as the free-to-play model is often called in the mobile sphere, has been pretty lucrative. And of course, Farmville, Mafia Wars and CityVille make tons of money for Zynga — so there might be something to the model on Xbox Live.