In an interview with GamesBeat, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli reiterated the company’s goal to “transition entirely” to free-to-play games like their upcoming title, Warface.
“We have quite a few console titles in our pipeline that are [traditional retail games] while we investigate free-to-play on consoles,” Yerli told GamesBeat. “But our primary goal is to make triple-A free-to-play games for the world market and transition entirely to that.”
This is far from the first time Yerli has expressed so great an interest in the free-to-play model.
“We decided five or six years ago that we want to marry the quality of triple-A games with the business model of free-to-play,” said Yerli. “And out of that position, Gface and Warface were born. And at that time, we decided some other games, in some of our other studios, would head in this direction. But we kept pushing the quality bar higher on our console business, which is the main dominating business for the Western world, but we are observing, plainly — and we see this already with Warface — that the free-to-play market is on the rise. I think over the next two to three years, free-to-play is going to rival retail with quality games like Warface.”
Warface is currently in closed beta for PC, and Crysis 3—the company’s next big traditional retail game—launches on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC February 19 in North America and February 22 in Europe.