With the recent announcement that Happy Wars
will be a free-to-play, it may or may not, come as a shock that, Ascend: New Gods
will also be a free-to-play XBLA game.
In a recent interview with OXM
, a spokesperson from Microsoft recently indulged information regarding other titles in the works to join the ranks of 'true' free-to-play games.We're always looking at ways to push the boundaries of the console and our digital platform. Bringing true free-to-play gaming experiences to Xbox 360 is a natural extension of that.
With the ongoing success of the model on PC, and the interest from both our consumers and our partners looking to explore this system on console, it simply made sense to deliver this experience through great games that would take advantage of it.
In this pilot program, Microsoft Studios will support free-to-play gaming with Happy Wars, due out in September, as well as the recently announced game Ascend: New Gods which will ship in several months.
The free-to-play model and games experiences will be available to all Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers, as many of the games planned will be multiplayer games by nature (an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription is required for multiplayer gaming). The games that use the free-to-play mechanic will leverage the Microsoft Points system.
Fellow gamers, what is your take on the inception of free-to-play titles currently and those in the future? Fans looking to get their hands on the upcoming Xbox LIVE Arcade action-RPG, Ascend: New Gods
, will be able to purchase
download this title for free sometime in 2013.