Report Says Xbox Live Will Get Free-to-Play Games Next Year

IGN is reporting that it has heard “from a trusted source” that Xbox Live will be getting free-to-play games starting 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.

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1 Comment on Report Says Xbox Live Will Get Free-to-Play Games Next Year

Aids

On April 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Free 2 Play is complete . It’s understandable the curve is in the companies benefit in order to get people to purchase and buy things. But come on the grind in most free 2 play games requires 100 of hours to get anywhere or to achieve 1 little stinking thing.

Bad move by Microsoft. VERY BAD move.