Future of consoles is free-to-play, says Crytek

CEO Cevat Yerli claims Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo wary to go fully digital due to dependence on retail, believes next-gen tablets will "run over" current-gen consoles.

Crysis developer Crytek has offered a projection of where the console industry could be headed in the future. Company CEO Cevat Yerli told CVG that he believes free-to-play is the future, but at present, feels this is the minority belief.

Free-to-play is the future, Yerli says.

"Why are free-to-play online games not widespread on consoles? You should ask Microsoft and Sony this question," he said. "We see the future of consoles as free-to-play--ideally focussed on free-to-play. That's what I want to see in the future. But unfortunately not everybody shares this vision due to many other reasons."

Yerli explained that Crytek was in discussions with Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo regarding a publishing deal for its new free-to-play shooter Warface, but these partnerships never came to fruition. According to Yerli, these companies depend on the retail business and are wary to go full-on digital. Yerli calls the tussle between digital and retail "the biggest issue in the industry right now."

"Hardware manufacturers are reliant on distribution and retail businesses, and those companies who are not reliant on third-party retail business such as Apple can go 100 percent digital," he said. "They don't have the problem of retailers saying, 'I will not sell your hardware if you do not give me boxed games too'. That is the culprit of the problem."

Yerli later said that he believes there is immediacy to the situation. He claimed next-generation tablet devices will boast technical power near current-generation hardware, making future consoles from Microsoft and Sony needed sooner rather than later.

"I believe firmly that the next-generation of tablets are going to be close to current-generation consoles. So if the next-generation consoles don't ship very soon, the tablets are just going to run over them," he said. "That's very clear. I've believed for about a year now that as soon as tablets can stream on to TVs, then there's no reason why you should buy a console anymore. We're still pushing the tablet game market ourselves, and you'll see both casual and hardcore titles from us."

If the reckoning of industry analysts is to be believed, new consoles from Microsoft and Sony will be on store shelves at the end of next year.

Earlier this month, Yerli revealed that all future Crytek games would boast a free-to-play business model. At the time, he also said packaged goods strategies like downloadable content and premium services are "milking customers to death."

Yerli is not alone in his estimation that the industry's future will be oriented around a free-to-play business model. Last week, Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore said he believes in five to 10 years, all games will be available for free, with users able to purchase content via microtransactions.

Crytek's first free-to-play game--Warface--is in development at the company's Kiev outfit and runs on the CryEngine 3. A military shooter set in the near future, the game claims to offer a cinematic experience with next-gen visuals, artificial intelligence, and physics. It is expected to be released in 2012.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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xrec0nv2
xrec0nv2

The day console gaming is mainly a f2p and micro transactions platform I will either retro game or give up. Whenever I see a f2p title it might as well say half-a**ed on it. I feel like there's an ongoing formula with f2p where you get this tiny game that will swindle you out of 100's of dollars of IAP it will push on you. it makes me sick to see it on ipad (thankfully I don't think I'll ever see it as a gaming device) A game that should maybe cost $20 (maybe) have a 100$ in app purchase. Do gamers really want this? You want to see what kind of games you get with f2p play Xbox 360s Spartacus . This game feels like a mobile game and it can be frustrating to work for 12 hours to get some low level armor when someone else can just pay 10$ for it. Let's be honest a lot of early games you can feel the time and love put into it. F2P games usually feels like they were built on a public domain engine. I enjoy shelling out 60 bucks for a one time purchase game imagine Skyrim as a f2p game. Do we really want that option? I was all excited for Ryse seen that people said it was pretty repetitive than I saw the whole in-game purchases so we'll see how the game does. If console publishers want to make more money stick to DLC and just release better content. People have no problem shelling out cash for a GOOD game along with DLC. The whole f2p seems like it's for publishers who don't think people would actually pay for the game itself so they sell parts of it.

Hicks233
Hicks233

Free to play? Don't you mean pay to win?

ShipwreckX
ShipwreckX

The only time I liked getting Nickel and Dimed (more like quarters), is in a ARCADE! When I get a game I want A FULL VERSION with all items able to be UNLOCKED with game play. Not my hard earned cash.

pacpuf7249
pacpuf7249

These types of stories are getting very f****** old. Eddie Makuch, you and the rest of the Gamepsot Staff seem like nice people, so why the hell do you keep posting the opinions of corporate assholes who just wanna butt-rape us gamers with their business strategies and apparent knowledge of what us consumers "really want"?

 

 

They think EVERY single gamer in the world has:

1. A lot of money, or more specificaly, credit cards to buy stuff in their pay-to-win and incomplete games, online where you can get hacked and lose all your money, including the money in your bank account. (Maybe I wanna walk into a store and buy a game with CASH. At least if you get robbed you'll only lose the money on you, not your whole life savings, and even you can defend yourself against the robber and avoid losing money altogether.)

 

2. Huge hard drives and very fast internet to dowload and store 16GB games in it after waiting 45 mins for the 1% in the download progress bar, to show up. (Some people may say discs are dying, but they're much more convienient than digital downloads; They ACTUALLY TAKE physical space, and its not much, they're really thin and can fit anywhere, and you can buy them anywhere, instead of digital downloads, where if you're up to 99% of a 6-day-download and the power goes out, you're screwed and have to start over again. If discs get scratched a bit you can clean them or take them to a specialist, instead of having to download the digital file AGAIN because if it gets corrupted. You can even play frisbee with an old disc that doesnt work or smash it whne you get angry and have nothing to take your anger out on; You cant  have that type of fun with a file. Not everybody has fast internet and kick-ass PCs.)

 

3. The desire to want crappy tablets to REPLACE controllers, where tablets can fall once and get the screen scratched and lose 20% of their sensitivity or even broke, but controllers can fall more than 30 times without even dislocating a button/trigger. (They live in a dream world where a flat, dull touch screen is more enjoyable, ergonomicle and fun than a REAL controller with buttons that are shaped to fit your hands. To play with tablets, you have to put them on a table, your lap or your knees so it feels right or hold it in one hand and play with the other for a semi-awkward feel; with controllers in small or medium size, you can access all buttons easily and at the same time without sacrificing the ability to press the ones on the other side. Nintendo has the right idea with the WiiU controller: instead of a tablet overtaking a controller, its a controller with a touch-screen, so you can use mostly the buttons (for core and standard games, or use the WiiU pro controller) and embraces the touch-screen, creating harmony and an interesting new way to playing.)

 

4. And lastly, the stupidity to buy every product the copy/paste and follow every order they give you to live your life.

 

 

 

To end this rant, I tell you that you can think my opinion is bull**** as I think of their's, but thats our right as human beings, to express ourselves and be happy in any way we want, AS LONG AS IT NEVER COMES AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS, which is what EA, CApcom and Activision are doing wrong (if they have souls, to be happy in some form).

 

And the moral: Digital stuff is evil. I'm not saying that someday robots will rule the world, but that someday this digital stuff will end up screwing us even worse than material possesions, and establishing material as the lesser of two evils.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

if  you've got 100% online only f2p, why do you need a console?

IndySandbagTrik
IndySandbagTrik

What type of a name is Yerli anyway? 

 

Fucking weak sauce talking ball shuffler.

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

what about the people that don't want a fricken tablet? 

leeko_link
leeko_link

Cevat Yerli: F2P is the future of gaming.

Onlive: Cloud gaming is the future of gaming.

Apple: No digital download is the future of gaming.

Nintendo: Retail is still our future in gaming.

Microsoft: Kinect is the future of gaming.

Sony: We don't care, we just do whatever works from the first five groups.

Some guy in his mother's basement: PC is the future of gaming.

Gamers: Just make some damn games.

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

how about the future of consoles is actually getting a full game at release like it had been until this generation of crooks took hold

vaibhavp
vaibhavp

Are games as a business unsustainable as it is now? Are development budgets that high? Will casual crowd keep pouring in money? How can these people be so sure? I am sure these people want to take retail down. But its their own doing. If people start accepting digital distribution as only medium, am sure these people will be terribly happy. Vita is treading a middle path. If people will start accepting download only full games, am sure sony will ditch retail and reduce mem. card prices. Its a delicate balance between retailers and publishers am sure.

exarkuniv
exarkuniv

"We see the future of consoles as free-to-play--ideally focussed on free-to-play. That's what I want to see in the future"     i love it   what a ass

 

well i want good games that are worth my 60$ does not mean im going to get it

i hope he like disappointment.

 

and i can not see a hardcore player play a FPS on a tablet. WTF is he thinking. Hell trying to play a RPG would be a BI%$H

 

he need to keep hes mouth shut and stop pissing us off

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

He can think this but he should have kept for himself because he is dead wrong. Console gaming is currently being destroyed and it will probably be fully destroyed way before it become pay-2-win

theKSMM
theKSMM

no serious gamers are going to resort to using tablets as their only option. The control schemes alone would drive us crazy.

 

I remember how the pronouncements that "PC gaming is dead" led to PC games being expelled from retail shelves...first GameStop, the Walmart and now Target.  Many of us were left with no options except going digital to get top-flight PC games.  Now that Steam is making a killing for Valve, not only does EA want in on the game, but GameStop themselves are slowly bringing PC games back into their stores. Too little, too late, I say, but each person can decide that for themselves.

 

Unfortunately on the console side, most gamers still don't have connections fast enough to download a 9 GB game in a reasonable time (e.g. less than a day).  And I'm still not aware of a way to download a console (the hardware, I mean) into your living room.  So yes, the console makers are still heavily reliant on the retailers to push their wares.

DemonLord_RNT
DemonLord_RNT

Man,am i sick!How all this "game industry",game press" and new trends of gaming" business is so revolting!It makes my stomach turn around.

DemonLord_RNT
DemonLord_RNT

This is all a bloody joke!"EA say this...","Crytek says that....","Gamespot says it's not like that...".Screw all of these guys!THEY are the ones that want things to go that way,dictating new trends and all that crap,and want us to swallow it all nice and easy.Well,if that's the future of gaming,then i have only one thing to say:GO TO HELL!

I''ll stick to old consoles and emulators and the rest of you cattle can go off playing F2P call of duty or whatever it is the next crap that will surface out of this shithole.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If gaming goes fully into the F2P model, kiss it goodbye.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

When Steam starts to offer more and more F2P, people will love it. After couple of years, they will say "that's my prefer way to buy games".

moviequest14
moviequest14

Crytek , go ahead and make all of your games free-to-play , I'm not interested in them anyways. Crysis was a shallow experience that would've gotten mediocre scores AT BEST had they not relied on their over-realistic graphics. And besides Far Cry that's their only real claim-to-fame.

jhcho2
jhcho2

The 'free to play' concept is similar to tying a string to a bone and throwing it to a dog, and making sure that the dog never gets the bone unless it pays for it. And when it does, you throw a better bone and repeat the process.

 

Free-to-play means it's pay-to-win. If it isn't, it's called charity.

MonkeySpot
MonkeySpot

Crytek committed a low shot when they blathered about used game futures, and now this.

 

Hey Crytek: We're on to you, and your BS. Free-to-play games simply attempts to narrow used game markets from a different angle - If they don't sell a game on disc, but instead it's a download and then they milk the customer directly with micro-ripoffs making resale of a Crytek game impossible.

 

Enough, already. I was sick of this company before, now they make me sick with their assumptions about our intelligence.

muzza93
muzza93

Why do devs and publishers have to just annoy the absolute F*** out of gamers/customers. Stop hating used games thats what DLC is for, to combat used sales in an acceptable way. Stop trying to change the way we get the games and focus on making better games u greedy limp d*** f*** wits!

muzza93
muzza93

No one wants free to play BS where every time u wanna do something u gotta fork out more cash, and people will advance faster than others. most people much rather a trip to a store to look through all the games and pay a full price and not have any more hassles and annoyances with microtransactions and sifting through boring poorly set out online stores (like the PS store) to browse games, it sucks waiting for stuff to download, then if the machine breaks down everything's erased at the factory, much rather physical copies, this bloke a bloody goose.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

Free to play is just not right for a whole lot of games I mean come on crytek remember how everyone loved crysis that single player game you made, that wouldn't work as free to play, in fact almost no single-player experience would. I'm starting to think EA has a brain washing program it sends all it's devs to that melts their brains until all they can talk about is wider audiences, bigger market share and free2play. (in bioware's case they also seem to have removed the ability to write a decent story or admit their mistakes. sorry couldn't resist)

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

Not my future, I doubt It will happen any time soon but I will simply not buy any console that goes this way.

Setho10
Setho10

There is a place for free to pay, but for single player games I really don't want a pay to win model. It ruins pacing. It's no fun to be super over or under powered in a game which is what will happen if free to play becomes the norm. For multiplayer games there are ways to make F2P work as evidenced by games like League of Legends. As long as players are paying for things that don't break the game for players that can't buy them I don't care if it is free to play. But pay to win games suck.

wexorian
wexorian

All agree that Not all games Should be Free 2 play it's Not gonna work Especially on consoles :D

The_GooBear
The_GooBear

More original concepts for games are what'll help the console side best. No more run-of-the-mill, typical FPS games like Crysis. I could've had just as much fun watching somebody play Crysis as I did playing through it. Nothing against shooters but any game that has to compensate its poor gameplay w/ pretty visuals doesn't deserve anything but hype.

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

Waaaiiiitttt.  They say the next generation of tablets could technically run over consoles?  Well the thing is, I haven't seen one game on tablets that can really compare to AAA quality.  Modern combat or w/e is crap.  And playing with touch screen only sucks more.  This guy is full of it.  I've said it before, but video gaming has a large enough back catalog that I won't need to buy the next consoles if this happens.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Future of consoles is Pay-to-win, says Crytek. . Title Fixed.

greatjefoy
greatjefoy

is video games is helpful to the people except the seller or maker, it actually a benefits to them.

 

greatjefoy
greatjefoy

what's the point of video games? 

greatjefoy
greatjefoy

playing video games is great but somehow it destroy the focus of the children to their studies

 

HappyBB
HappyBB

This is a horrible news!  Free-to-play is sickening and will destroy videogames as we know it.  This business is more and more about money and less and less about games that are fun to play!

T-_-K
T-_-K

free to play , pay to win

this doesn't ruin games, it ruins fun itself

toddx77
toddx77

I don't want all games to go free to play.  I don't want to have to worry about missing out on parts of the game or not having a certain item because I didn't know what to buy or I missed it or even buy something stupid thinking I needed it.  I would rather buy a game full price or wait until a steam sale and either be glad I bought it be out the money.  Plus F2P will be hard on consoles because they do not have the hard drives like PC's do and there is no way discs of F2P games are going to be made.  Also downloading on a console takes forever compared to a PC.  Took me almost half a day to update DCUO for the ps3 but when I re installed it to my PC the updates took less than an hour.

 

As for tablets replacing consoles there is no way.  With tablets you are stuck.  I made the mistake of trading in my psp Final Fantasy and buying FF1 and 2 from iOS.  Well guess what those games are stuck to an apple device so you have to keep buying apple if you want to play them.  Not to mention I plan on getting a samsung galaxy note soon and then a windows tablet so basically I kind of screwed myself and no one wants that.  Plus like a lot of you said new ones come out every year and unless your an apple fanboy who buys everything every year from that company you are not going to invest all your money and time into tablet gaming.

InquisitorCrox
InquisitorCrox

Its the American fault, they have being paying WoW, steam cosmetic DLCs and MS XBLA+pay to play MP far too much.

And now they are paying Apple's market.

 

EA is after the hot cash and when they see more profits will less investments, they will naturally go for it.

I rate quality, i respect my hard earned money. I want a game that has goal, that can offer me a unique experience, not just competing with some US children, who would spend ridiculous ammounts of time and cash, in order to become the best in the server.

 

Unlike them, i want to enjoy my game, when i want and how i want it.

I dont want for someone else do decide this for me.

I dont want to be forced to log in daily, for a specific time, play a specific moment, in a specific way, then pay a specific monthly fee and some mandatory DLC that will buff my character in a specific way, so that playing in that specific way and using a specific exploit, will grant me the specific numbers to "pawn" the poor players that cannot affort the whole set, or do not comply with the whole set of rules...

 

I refuse to become such a pawn and a tool og the gaming companies.

And now matter how hard their games will be promoted and hyped by media, including sites like GS, i will pash my own judgement and spend my money and my time the way i see fit!

yored
yored

Such loud comments from devs who made couple of shooters and the worst company in industry. Cevat and Peter, you should follow your heart and go stand-up comedy

ninjaturtle205
ninjaturtle205

PC needs to adopt this free to play strategy or piracy will get the PC gaming industry.

xdude85
xdude85

I see Crytek still isn't holding back on making dumb comments on the future of gaming.

mechmaster525
mechmaster525

Crytek died the moment they were bought by EA and released Crysis 2 on the consoles with nothing to do with Crysis 1! I play Crysis 1 for the PC all the time when I need my Crysis fix. EA and Crytek (I'm looking at you Peter Moore and Cevat Yerli) can go out of buisness for all I care at this point. Cevat Yerli sold his soul, and his company, to the devil and will never get it back. It's ashame...I used to respect him almost (almost being the key word) as much as Hideo Kojima. Not anymore!

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

sigh.. this is why the PC will always be king

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

 @DeFiLeDTitan Exactly! not to mention they are far more expensive than the likes of a console or pc of similar spec.

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

 @theKSMM They are already talking about creating wireless controllers for tablets in near future. This guy is 100% correct, The next gen of tablets will be as powerful as PS3 and 360.

yored
yored

 @InquisitorCrox Nothing to worry about, dude. These statement about F2P and powerful tablets came to us from very specific asylum contained in the heads of EA. It has nothing in common with reality

FantasyRPGamer
FantasyRPGamer

 @ninjaturtle205 That is something certain PC game developers want you to believe so they can justify the F2P model.  There are plenty of other ways developers and publishers can combat piracy.