Sony Claims That F2P Is The Most Powerful Force Of Democracy In Gaming

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, May 12, 2014 12:35 PM
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Sony has been hailing the benefits of the free-to-play model, claiming that is one of the best examples of democracy in gaming.

SOE chief John Smedley has been leading the charge ahead of open-world multiplayer zombie survival sim H1Z1’s Early Access release in the coming weeks, claiming that players who don’t like what they’re getting will ultimately walk away without spending a penny…

Speaking in an interview with Gamespot, Smedley said "We believe very strongly in this idea that if you open it up so that anybody can play it, it is the most powerful form of democracy in gaming that there is. Because they can vote with their feet and they don't have to pay us a dime. So it really keeps you on top of your game."

While F2P gaming has made a name for itself in the mobile space, it has rapidly began expanding into the core gaming sector. Games such as Team Fortress 2, League of Legends, Planetside 2, and Star Wars: The Old Republic suggest that there is a huge audience for those F2P titles on PC, although Smedley doesn’t necessarily believe that it will become the dominant form of content delivery. "The reason that I don't think that's going to be the case is because you're seeing games evolve very strongly into a games as a service model, " he said.

What this means is that games are being offered up for a premium price and then additional content is being offered to improve its shelf life and ensure you don’t look elsewhere. Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts are prime examples of this, offering up stacks of additional content via their Premium Season Passes, hooking players in until the franchise’s next edition.

Do you agree with Smedley’s sentiments that F2P gaming is the most powerful form of democracy in gaming?

Does it have the potential to become the dominant release method, or will there always be a market for premium-priced titles?

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13:05 May-12-2014

This type of open world survival game looks really cool, i guess it may be really time consuming running around alot (or until you build a vehicle), now its going to be a hard choice between H1Z1 and DayZ... I guess i will have to wait to see what the game play is like when its released. Im really keen for the whole find other survivors or kill them, but not when you have to look 3 hours for ppl

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12:58 May-12-2014

as long as it isn't Pay2Win and only if the game is good by all ways :)

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13:45 May-12-2014

lol Pay2Win => RIP Gaming

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13:46 May-12-2014

Or free2wait à la Dungeon Keeper

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15:40 May-12-2014

True dat (games like real racing 3)

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16:54 May-12-2014

GT racing 2

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17:59 May-12-2014

actually I can't think of good Free2Play game,
APB: Reloaded was cool for few months,
NFS: World was cool for few months,
DOTA 2 is a game I still have no idea what is the gameplay part about...

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18:13 May-12-2014

^Haha, Dota 2 will take some getting used to as it has a learning curve. But after about 10 - 15 games and finding a character that suits your playstyle, you'll be good at it in no time ;)

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12:52 May-12-2014

Why have a picture of DayZ? O.o

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13:33 May-12-2014

That's H1Z1. Sony's upcoming f2p zombie survival mmo.

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16:24 May-12-2014

LOL it changed the picture I swear xD
It was a guy with an orange backpack in DayZ

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