Microsoft has revealed that it has high hopes for the future of Xbox 360 and free-to-play titles, stating that it sees the upcoming releases of Happy Wars and Ascend: New Gods as a pilot for bigger things in the future.
“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,” a Microsoft spokesperson told OXM. “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.”
The Xbox 360’s first free-to-play title Happy Wars is due to release this fall, followed by Ascend: New Gods in 2013. “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 spokesperson added.
“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.
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