Free-to-play Family Guy mobile game launching in 2014, features microtransactions

After success of The Simpsons: Tapped Out, FOX and TincyCo. team up for new story-driven adventure/sim game featuring various in-app purchases.

The Griffin family is at it again. Fox Digital Entertainment today announced an all-new free-to-play Family Guy game for iOS and Android mobile devices. Launching in 2014, the untitled project is in development at San Francisco social game studio TinyCo., which recently closed $20 million in venture capital funding.

The game, described as an adventure/simulation title, will feature a new and original story influenced not only by the show's decade-long history, but also current events. Players will embark on adventures throughout Quahog, recruiting (and confronting) well-known Family Guy characters along the way.

Developer TinyCo. is working "directly" with the Family Guy show writers to create the game's story and dialogue. It is not clear if the game will feature actual voice work. Some of the show's main actors, like Seth McFarlane (Peter, Stewie, Brian), Alex Borstein (Lois), Mila Kunis (Meg), and Seth Green (Chris), are also collaborating with TinyCo. for the project.

Andrew Green, TinyCo.'s head of business developer and business operations, told GameSpot that the new Family Guy game, like so many other free-to-play games, will be supported by various in-app purchases. These microtransactions will allow players to "control the speed of their progression," Green said, suggesting players will be able to unlock content right away by spending real-world money.

Players will be able to purchase characters, character actions and abilities, and decorative items for their play space, Green said. He would not divulge specific pricing information for the new Family Guy game's microtransactions.

The Family Guy TV show recently killed off one of its main characters, though it is not clear how this move will affect the game, if at all.

The new Family Guy game comes on the heels of the runaway success of another free-to-play Fox digital property, The Simpsons: Tapped Out, published by Electronic Arts and based on the longest-running sitcom in TV history. That game, originally launched in summer 2012, has generated more than $100 million in lifetime revenue.

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41 comments
tonytones21
tonytones21

@unconquered2222 @tonytones21 Just because you watch Family Guy doesn't mean you're a moron. Morons are everywhere... on the internet, watching other TV shows... people that can't take jokes commenting are also morons, and I'll tell you why. It's because they take everything so offensive. The world doesn't need to know if you don't like something, the world doesn't care. Deal with it.

bouchart
bouchart

A free Family Guy game is worth every penny.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Again? The PC free-to-play never got out of beta before it was shuttered and it wasn't even that bad, so lord knows who thought this was something anyone wanted.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

How the fuck is it NEWS that a free-to-play MOBILE game has microtransactions? Oh wait, Mackuch article.

wexorian
wexorian

i'm thinking to drop this show after they killed brian

HesamB
HesamB

How the fuck is spending more money IN a game is a feature ?

Elyobo
Elyobo

Hang on I'm trying to find my faith in the video game industr-oh no I lost it after MW3...

UFOLoche
UFOLoche

@Elyobo Gamers-Overreacting to video game news since 11/22/2005


Well, have fun not having faith, I'll..y'know, go actually have fun cause I know how to not overreact to every little thing.

Trender_man
Trender_man

Well this is a bigger buzzkill than buzz killington

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Something for more sheeples to be nickle and dimed by.

Saidrex
Saidrex

Free to Play = shitty game built around microtransactions

UFOLoche
UFOLoche

@Saidrex Yep, just like Warfram-

Uh..Mabinog-

...Shin Megami Tensei: Imagin-

Dungeon Fighter Onlin-

Team Fortress-

Uh...well gee.  I got nothin.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

If they are the best examples you have yeah, you really have got nothing.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

Microtransactions feature games.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Microtransactions are  a feature. Lawl.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Keypoint......"Features Microtransactions". WHYYYYYY

warriors30
warriors30

Stupid mobile games...they had a run for a while and me too got super addicted to them, but now I really just want them to go away. I haven't touched a mobile game for a long time now and I don't think I'm missing out on too much...

StHapns247
StHapns247

For $50 you can bring back Brian.

warriors30
warriors30

Family Guy...YAAAAAAAAY....microtransactions....MEEEEEEEEEH...


(Vinny sucks, I want Brian back)

Lytnin
Lytnin

I've been playing the Simpsons Tapped Out for like a year and have yet to pay for anything.  Have seen some folks who have quite obviously paid cash as they have every possible thing you could ever get in the game.  Meh...to each their own I guess.  Definitely will have to check this one out.

warriors30
warriors30

I quit Tapped Out because I didn't want to spend money on it, and so the progression was just way too slow for my taste. I mean, it's barely a GAME right?

I hope the Family Guy game will offer a little more but it probably won't...

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@Lytnin Also half the people are cheating and not paying a cent for the premium stuff while you have to spend 10$ for a single fucking building, what a  horrible scam that hides under the title of a game.

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

Damn....they made 100 million bucks from the "free" to play Simpsons game. MT games are here forever I think.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

this is not a game. Its called a cow clicker.

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

PEOPLE OF EARTH....STOP PAYING THESE FKING MICROTRANSACTIONS!!!! YOU ARE DESTROYING LIFE AS WE KNOW IT. 

warriors30
warriors30

It's just like in this R.E.M. song...

It's the end of the world as we know it...but mictrotransactions feel fine. Or something like that.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Im till hating that fact Brian is dead. Not watching family guy or dealing with the show until they bring him back

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@RiKanKiDD Seth said they'll bring him back in a few episodes due to the fans outcry. D**k move to kill one of the most beloved characters of the show. They could as easily send him on a trip or something.

Lytnin
Lytnin

@RiKanKiDD It was too convenient that Stewie destroyed the time machine right before they killed him off.  Could see that plot setup to bring Brian back from a mile away.

warriors30
warriors30

When I first saw Vinny I thought this character is pretty cool...but after watching the new episode I feel like this whole Italian thing could get old very soon. Brian really was one of the best characters in the whole show, I just can't believe (understand) this decision. 

It's almost like killing Kyle in South Park...why would you get rid of Kyle? He's awesome. Because he's Jewish? Now that's just racist!

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

All games released now should be described as "Micro-transaction game featuring a single player campaign included with purchase".

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@DarkJedi8_basic Except for Nintendo games. Its sad how sheeples are crying about microtransactions still they jump on the Micro$cam/$ony bandwagon.