Crytek To Focus Solely On Free To Play Titles After "Crysis 3" Ships

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wallaces

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

It's dangerous territory.

Tribes: Ascend is turning into something VERY commercial. Game fixes are being ignored, while the development team focuses on new content to sell in micro-transactions.

In the latest patch, they literally just took most of the existing weapons, added new skins, played with the stats a little, and called them "new." But there isn't a single new design in the bunch. All the while, even the simplest bugs and glitches aren't even on the stove, let alone the back burner.

Gamers have to approach these models VERY cautiously.

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Penterax

NUFCTP

The above acronym isn't as easy or pretty as "F2P", but "No Up Front Cost To Play" is far more accurate. Those games aren't free.

;)

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h e x e n

Crytek will have to release something pretty amazing for me to try it out. Crysis 3 isn't even on my radar and with PS2 on the horizen, they're gonna be s*** out of luck in the immediate future.

Hell, T:A is a better game than Crysis 2 by a factor of about 10. For that matter, Crysis is still a better game than C2 in my opinion.

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Morete

FTP developers need to learn how to make games fun (dare I say [funny]), yet with an element of seriousness at the same time. FTP games that are too serious can get boring kind of fast. The three biggest issues I have with FTP games are hackers, graphics and physics. Maybe some decade down the road all three issues will finally be addressed. Probably not in my lifetime. Anyway, with Crytek's yet to be released FTP Warface game, I don't think that they are off to a good start making it a Modern Warfare clone. Way too serious and it will be just be a boring Battlefield Online FTP game.

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John Pombrio

Of course, Crytek has their game engine to sell also, like Unreal does.

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vrmlbasic

an engine that is now dumbed down for the target platform for far too many games, the 360.

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John Pombrio

Kind of reminds me of MMORPGs. EVERYONE wants to have their own little "WoW killer". a whole lot of money went into these ventures and precious little came back.
Now the mantra is "Free to Play". I've tried a few that were, interesting enough, MMORPGs. Bland terrain, vapid players, and uninteresting design threw me right back out.
I have played a whole bunch of games in my life and very few of the free ones were worth more than a few minutes of my time. No thanks.

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azuza001

*Finishes unraring Crysis 2 FLT* <- This to me was funny. I'm not about to say that I've never pirated a game in my life. I also have downloaded a copy of Crysis 2 and then deleted it after about a half hour into the single player game.

Then last week I purchased it (OMG, I bought something I already had at one point for free?) on amazon for like 5$ shipped and actually played all the way through. Game actually wasn't that bad once you got past the initial "find scientist dude who keeps telling you to hurry up and get to him and then runs farther away from you the closer you get" thing.

My point is I've got no problem paying for a game when it go's on sale, but I see where Crytek is coming from. However I doubt going free to play will be the answer they are looking for.

Also if Crysis 3 turns out to sell a ton of copies I'm sure they'll go back to the "standard" model when it makes "since".

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Hilarity

*Finishes unraring Crysis 2 FLT*

Pffft, I won't even bother pirating F2P, utterly pointless. I doubt the scene would even bother cracking it. Single player only for me. Fuck micro transactions and multiplayer junk. Fuck Crytek too. Pussies after Far Cry and Crysis. Either way this won't put a dent in piracy regardless.

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Biceps

I was initially very wary of F2P games. Some of the early attempts were pretty half-hearted and often were really nothing more than a cheap release with a store tacked on. A few of the newer games really are standing out as fun, addictive and engaging. Tribes is a good game, and League of Legends is great. If Crytek thinks they'll be making more money by doing F2P and can therefore make more and better games, I'm interested to see what they come up with. And if it is free, then pirates aren't a problem :)

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RaptorJohnson

Thanks, pirates.

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vrmlbasic

After the positive review of Tribes: Ascend on MPC, I attempted to play the game, my first ever F2P fps experience.

I had to download a 13 meg file from their site, which when run tried to install other programs on my computer, put crap onto my computer (including an auto-update service), and then forced me to wait for their SLOW service to then _stream_ me the actual 9 GB game. I then had to wait for the game to uncompress the 9 GB of data, install it, and then the game informed me that I had to install "programs necessary for the game to run", programs for which no description was provided.

In short, long download times, obfuscated install processes, and crap installed on the game playing system. This is more annoying than Steam.

I said eff it and went and played some Tribes 2 online instead. F2P isn't ready for prime-time yet.

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RaptorJohnson

I installed it on my computer with no problems. You might not be very good at computers.

- It did ask if I wanted to install some of their other F2P games, but it was easy to decline.

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vrmlbasic

The dialog which tried to get me to install the other 2 games was the first strike about nebulous/nefarious bloatware, but the killer was when I actually had uncompressed the 9 gig file and the game/installer program told me that I then had to "install programs necessary for the game to run".

It did not tell me what these programs were, nor what they did. Even though I vetoed automatic updates, the software installed a background service for updating anyhow.

That's not cool.

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Biceps

Agreed. Easy install for me, and a good game on top of it.

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vrmlbasic

I didn't say that the process of installing the game was "hard". It is comprised of only 2 things: clicking and waiting.

The problem is that you're clicking on approvals from the installer to install descriptionless crap onto your system, and waiting for large downloads which are coming in at less than 1/5th of your connection's regular speed.

Sketchy and slow doesn't make me trust them.

Additionally, the game install method is horrendous for use in an online LAN gaming session, which is what we intended to do with it. In a game about "tribe" based team play, this is an oversight.

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Joji

Nah, you just don't know how to do it. I had no trouble installing my copy of Tribes Ascend. At least be happy that Tribes Ascend is better than most F2P games out there! :)

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vrmlbasic

No, I know what I'm doing, thx for the concern though.

I don't trust installers that put God-knows-what onto my system after only asking for the vaguest of approvals.

I don't like sites that force me to download large files through their custom programs which are tediously slow. You'd think that if the game is forcing me to download via their client that they could at least incorporate some sort of integrated torrent client or faster HTTP hosts. I break 5 MB/sec downloading from Steam. I didn't even get above 1 MB/sec with this shoddy service.

I'd rather download the huge file myself, and let it automatically download incremental (ie:small) updates itself, though only when I start to run the game, that is to say, no suspicious background services that run "for my convenience".

If I and my gaming group want to play the game on multiple computers, which we did, we would have to download the 9+ GB file from their slow host many times over. Transferring the file via USB drive or LAN would be much faster, but this is not permitted.

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Joji

That's odd, I was able to install my Tribes Ascend at a rate of 1MB/sec. My DL limit at home is 2MB/sec... I think?

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Neufeldt2002

I tend to avoid games that are F2P micro transaction based, mostly because I prefer to game in single player mode. I have never been one for multiplayer, and playing against people online that would rather wreck my experience is not ideal to me. So no, I will not be playing to pay.

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Strhopper

agreed no multiplayer for me.......But I think we are in the minority

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noobstix

Just as long as they have the capacity to handle a large player base, they could probably make a kickass CryEngine MMOFPS (probably with a handful of DX11 settings). Also, F2P in some cases can also mean P2W (pay-to-win) so if it becomes a huge P2W-fest down the road, it might turn off a chunk of players.

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