InstantAction goes free-to-play

GarageGames' Web browser-based gaming service drops subscription model, making all games gratis; ActionPass subscribers eligible for refunds.

In March, GarageGames opened up the doors to InstantAction, a Web browser-based gaming service that sought to raise the bar on what to expect from Internet games. Rather than hosting a hash of low-quality Flash-based games, InstantAction allowed developers to create "near console quality" using GarageGames' proprietary Torque engine or any other game engine to work in a Web browser.

Today, the Eugene, Oregon-based developer said it would be doing away with the service's subscription service and, in the process, would make all games currently hosted on the service free-to-play. InstantAction currently plays home to half a dozen titles, including Cyclomite, from Bungie Studios founder Alex Seropian's Wideload Shorts.

GarageGames further announced that those who had previously purchased an ActionPass subscription would gain advanced access to the beta for three upcoming titles: flight-combat Ace of Aces, mech actioner Lore: Aftermath, and arcade racer Blur. Current ActionPass subscribers will also be eligible to receive a refund on their purchases through June 1, 2009.

For more on InstantAction, check out GameSpot's interview with GarageGames founder Josh Williams.

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25 comments
e-mouse
e-mouse

i can't open that web site...

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

Wow, I just started playing this, and I must say that I'm pleasantly surprised. At the very least, check it out. The registration process is free and hella quick!

MJPK
MJPK

Never heard of it before but it looks very cool and I've just signed up.

necronaux
necronaux

Eh, if it doesn't cost anything, might be worth checking out.

stangen
stangen

i would go free too if i couldn't sell a damn thing.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

Cool, I guess, but how are they going to, you know, pay the bills? They don't say - will there be ads, microtransactions, selling information, etc?

dkdk999
dkdk999

i never got it to work. but it didnt look very good anyway a good free game is combat arms !

ZIROPC360
ZIROPC360

I love Instant Action. If anyone misses tribes 1 or 2, then check out Fallen Empire: Legions. Even if you've never played tribes, Legions is a ton of fun, and there are always a bunch of people playing it. I can't recommend Instant Action enough. Definitely a high quality site with fun, entertaining games.

medicalmj
medicalmj

I've heard of garage games before since they are one of the few game development companies in Oregon, but I didn't know what it was they did. This sounds pretty cool and I think it will take off big time. With garage games licensing the technology, it's only a matter of time before some company out there makes a huge hit. The only downside is that a lot of casual gamers who would typically play games on the web might be lacking the hardware required to run some of these games. For example, I can't play most the games on the instantaction site because I have an old crappy video card.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

InstantAction is a great service, and I hope that it continues on. Should it fail, it has left a huge influence on the PC gaming market, showing that great games can come in small, browser-based packages

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Now if only we could play these off of the ps3's web browser.......hmmn.

zero-master
zero-master

I've been to their site before, but i didn't sign up for anything. It looked cool though so now that it's free i'll have to go back for a second look!

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Instant action has THE coolest browser game ever. Imagine Tribes Arial Assault or any of the tribes game. Now imagine UT2004 graphics and a full screen full graphic accelerated game and 32 player support and you have one wild game of capture the flag. This has to be one of the coolest innovations to browser gaming since flash was introduced.

OmegaCookie7
OmegaCookie7

Never heard of it. But I'm not checking it out.

skwrlX
skwrlX

I've never heard of this, but im totally going to try it out. Looks awesome.

ChaosStar
ChaosStar

Service is great, and free is great.

D3j1k0
D3j1k0

even the games that were not free could still be played a little bit each day without paying. IA has the best browser games i've ever played, but they still aren't worth paying for....yet

galerian86
galerian86

Legions was awesome. But too many skilled players for me too enjoy it. Much like Warhawk.

roflmuffins8
roflmuffins8

I already played IA before all the games were free, and it's pretty awesome. Most people tend to play Legions more than any other game though, which kinda sucks if you're in the mood for a different game and nobody's playing it.

dastud2007
dastud2007

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