Peter Molyneux says Godus is "invest-to-play," not free-to-play

Molyneux says that Godus will monetize very differently from other free-to-play games, but doesn't explain how.

Peter Molyneux's upcoming mobile version of god game Godus isn't free-to-play, but "invest-to-play," the developer told Pocket Gamer in an interview.

As to what that actually means, we don't really know. Molyneux is known for vague, sometimes hyperbolic statements, and this one's no different.

When asked if Godus will be free-to-play, he said that "there cannot be a term that is less true," and that a new term is needed to define what he and his team at 22 Cans are making. "That term is more like 'invest-to-play,'" he said, because the game is tempting people to invest money.

The only concrete thing Molyneux said about Godus' monetization methods is that the point in which they'll be introduced into the game depends on the player.

Curiosity, the mobile game which led up to Godus, also had in-app purchases.

Molyneux recently came out against overly aggressive free-to-play monetization methods, calling the recently released mobile version of Dungeon Keeper "ridiculous."

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226 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

I do agree with him on the invest to play. They should change it to that instead of "free to play". Otherwise this guy is pretty much always full of shit. I just wonder how he doesn't know it by now. We can't all be wrong which tells me his head is very far up his ass.

DrKill09
DrKill09

More half baked shit from Peter Molyneux.

SweatySasquatch
SweatySasquatch

I once got an account banned for making fun of this guys name, so I will just say that I so despise this lying sack of shit. His games are always touted to be so freaking amazing and have so many features, but in the end are just toned downed steaming nutty brown piles of feces. It doesn't help that this guy chooses to only develop for PC and KinectBox 180 hardware either.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Given the choice between Molyneux and a bowl of shit.....


Well, you know.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

So after just days before skewering EA over what they did to Dungeon Keeper, he comes back with this vague, weasel word filled diatribe of bullshit, showing that he's no different than those he was rebuking just days before.


Peter, you and EA both need to do a magic trick.


Disappear.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

It sounds like the mircro transactions in this game will be like cockroaches.

You purchase 1 microtransactions, 10 more will appear.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Funniest headline of the month so far.  INVEST to play??  Ooookay....

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Oh fuck off Molyneux.  No one's falling for your microtransaction scams.  You hypocrite piece of trash.

jyml8582
jyml8582

So it's free to play with lots of in app purchases then.

Crowgasm888
Crowgasm888

This is why Russobit-M is investing in (taking over) Blizzard's MMO section, to turn WoW into a H2P (harvest-to-play) game model. 20 stacks of cobra scales per week or you lose levels. Strikes me as a strange approach. Вот это да, какая ерунда!

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I'm never sure if I own this game or not. I have Reus? I'd try this out if they would get rid of the whole microtrans and very mention of money.

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

Molyneux really meant.....  I laugh at EA's puny attempts to draw money from their fans pockets...  We plan to make the game use every cheap ploy to scam gamers out of their cash....  If we can get an extra 2 pennies by putting in some hated F2P ploys we'll do it...


Come on guys I got people to pay real money to smash open a cube.... with no other real gameplay at all.... I win at removing money from stupid gamers wallets.


Been doing it since Fable 1.... pfft.... The lost chapters finally delivered what I promised... get paid twice for the same game... I created early access to fable...

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

"invest-to-play"

That just sounds extremely shady.  Fuck you Molyneux. There was a reason why you were fading away from gaming.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

He already GOT his fucking investment for this when he scammed Kickstarter for the funding to make this microtransaction trash.

Hop103
Hop103

Invest to play lol, don't sugar coat the shady business model.

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Yes because that sounds so much better. It's free to play.

oflow
oflow

You need to click more pink bubbles.

oflow
oflow

. It started off ok but then the developers stopped updating.  The dont respond to any of the posting on the steam community.  Needs a lot of work and I dont think they can pull of what they were trying to do.  Fail.


BlazingSpeed
BlazingSpeed

"Molyneux says that Godus will monetize very differently from other free-to-play games, but doesn't explain how."

This sentence says it all...

mattcake
mattcake

"Invest" implies I'm getting something good back in the future. "Escaping the grind" isn't getting something good back as it shouldn't be there in the first place. Whatever happened to charge a fee for a game and get the whole game, I miss it.

hurricanea7x
hurricanea7x

Peter Molyneux is so full of shit that US public utilities commissions probably have a special budget just for cleaning him.

ghost59
ghost59

if a game doesnt have guns, or is a racer, or a fighter., its considers a sim. because exploring is bad in a game with out guns.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I'd say 'invest-to-pay' is probably a less insulting term than free-to-play (which they bloody well aren't!), but it's still not accurate enough.

Hakkology
Hakkology

I agree with him on on Dungeon Keeper though.

Such a retarded move by EA to use a well known franchise's name to lure people in.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Never listen to what Peter Molyneux says.

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

Time to ride off into the sunset, Molyneux.   No one takes you seriously anymore.

RossRichard
RossRichard

Invest-to-play? You mean you will be paying us interest?

Fursnake
Fursnake

GTFO Molyneux...you're drunk.

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

- "Strategic, long-term investment focused on developing core gaming values through select top-level acquisitions" 

(i.e. free to start, pay to avoid grind, pay even more to win)

atopp399
atopp399

Lol, invest to play.  An investment gains value over time.  This is pay to play.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Why does everybody hate him? I like him and his ideas.

tightwad34
tightwad34

And his smugness makes me want to slap him silly.

SweatySasquatch
SweatySasquatch

@Thanatos2k  That's why him and Microsoft are always on good terms, as they are just like him. They believe in micro - scam - sactions.

oflow
oflow

Hey! Theres that ginger guy! get him!

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

@RossRichard In the form of in-game resources, maybe. Which totally sucks and is no different to usual F2P models, lol.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@PodXCOM Hahahahahahahaha!!! You're hilarious!!!!!!!

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

@FLEEBS Why would you think I was joking? He created games like Dungeon Keeper, Populous, Black & White, Syndicate, and Theme Park. Why would I hate him for making some of the greatest games out there?

tightwad34
tightwad34

@SweatySasquatch What the hell is social engineering? I can wrap my head around it, but I fail to see your meaning.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@PodXCOM @FLEEBS 

Because since those games he hasn't done shit but become a hyperbole, spin machine gas bag, who promises the Moon, and delivers a model of one.


He's hated because he's earned it.


Your selective thinking and perception doesn't change that.