PlayStation 4 exclusive Deep Down to be free-to-play

Capcom-developed fantasy role-playing game to expand Sony's push into the free-to-play market.

Capcom has announced at Tokyo Game Show 2013 that its upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Deep Down will be free-to-play.

The news comes from a tweet sent out by Sony's president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida. The Sony executive also mentioned that Capcom's fantasy role-playing game is scheduled to arrive as an open beta "near the launch of the PS4 in Japan."

This would mean that Deep Down's open beta will release sometime near February 2014, as Sony announced that its upcoming console will hit stores in Japan some three months after it becomes available in Europe and North America.

Deep Down will feature procedurally generated dungeons and runs on Capcom's new Panta Rhei engine. Earlier this month, producer Yoshinori Ono confirmed that despite the dark fantasy environments, the game will in fact take place in New York circa 2094.

Written By

Want the latest news about Deep Down?

Deep Down

Deep Down

Follow

Discussion

889 comments
craigbedwell
craigbedwell

a big hello to gamespot and read about deep down and yes it will be a con the game will do its best to give up your money after all no game is free. why don't Capcom come out and say pay monthly like skyrim sum players may download the game but how many will uninstall the game and think what a scam. All I have to say is just be careful on a so called free to play

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Oh well I was looking forward to this game but not anymore however..  

Halloll
Halloll

Is it a PS4 exclusive because it's free to play? should've seen this coming before, I mean this is Capcom after all and they don't do exclusives without paid publishing deals.

blackace
blackace

Another PS4 exclusive that everyone should wait until after it' released and reviewed before they think about buying it. This could turn out to be very good or very bad.

Cristhian_Cobas
Cristhian_Cobas

Ok, so 2094 New York... fine I can go with that... Maybe it will be something similar to Sword Art Online (anime, check it out) or Accel World, where characters enter a fantasy world, with pain and death a real possibility... Free to Play... fine, I can accept that too, I've played lineage for far too long to be let down by this... What I can't go with is "CAPCOM"... they'll probably turn this game into a money syphon to buy DLCs and upgrades and lvls in order to finish the game... Anyways, nothing but wait and see...

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

Have fun paying to level up. And it's Capcom so have fun with endless DLC. I'll stick with Dark Souls II so no thanks Capcom. And Thank you for killing any hype I had for this game. When you start working on Dragon's Dogma 2 then you MIGHT have my interest, until then go die in a ditch.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

crap with swords.

Just like Titanfall is crap with mechs.

buying1999
buying1999

Here's just another example of Sony getting it right and micro$$$$$$$oft having no  idea how to kinect with gamers.

kirbymaster5
kirbymaster5

Funny how a term with the word "free" in it instantly indicates the game is a giant money sink.

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

So one of Sony's supposed "best exclusive" games is ummm, yea...glad I didn't buy a PS4!

morderwrath
morderwrath

Yeah well that was the point the whole game seems to not make sense about as much as a japense company redoing wizardry into a punish fest...

Hey look thia is what happens when you get  barbwire instead of dental flause at the dentist office, was the game about decay or tooth pain we may never know...

erMonezza
erMonezza

Completely lost interest in this game.

I know this game is not out yet, obviously, but from what I read I deduct:

It takes place in NY 2094 - a virtual reality story, maybe some kind of AI ghost in the machine.

Procedurally generated dungeons - dungeons that will feel the same over time and the game will become dull quickly.

F2P - doesn't mean it's going to be pay2win, but there is a strong possibility.


cheers

deadruler08
deadruler08

meh sony fangirls will worship it anyway because it's an indiestation exclusive.  Crapcom has nothing to worry about

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Wow. That is terrible news. This was one of the games I was looking forward to the most.

This is just depressing.

Class_Act998675
Class_Act998675

The only way to defend this is ignore. Ignore what the nay-sayers are saying, and all will be well. 

Example: Sim City owners ignored what the DRM situation with Diablo III and things worked out as the severs went haywire and they couldn't play Sim City for several days after launch. 

Ignorance is bliss.

IJONOI
IJONOI

First impressions this doesn't seem to be a multiplayer VS title. That being said, neither are all those games you get on your mobiles/tablets, where unless you spend $100s of dollars you can't progress. I.e. Candy Crush.

I'd really hope the micro transactions are purely aesthetic. Or maybe XP bonuses for a timed duration etc etc (a bit Guild Wars 2 esque, they seemed to have it right). Though I doubt it, it seems like people wouldn't be willing to spend that much money on the way they look since all the characters we just saw where essentially the same. 

The game does looks beautifully made though and I'll certainly be keeping an eye on it, fingers crossed the micro transactions aren't the be all and end all. 

XCopperCrowX
XCopperCrowX

If Capcom/Sony doesn't see this game as a $60 experience, then neither will I .

ReallyBigBadAnd
ReallyBigBadAnd

I'm laughing my guts out at all you guys talking about how free to play is a scam, and you hate it.  Even better, you guys saying you play free to play games but don't pay - so you're sticking it to greedy companies.  Give me a break.  Guess what geniuses, your download doesn't cost the company anything.  It's just expanding their user base.  They don't care that you don't pay, as long as someone else does.


Companies sell games.  Is asking you to pay $60 for a game a scam?  Why not?  I thought you all believed that developers should just make games and give them to you free, because you are entitled.  If making you pay $60 isn't a scam, how is letting you start a game for free (to try it out) then asking you to pay as you go a scam?  You people are insane.  If you don't like the game don't buy it.  It's highly unlikely that someone is going to spend more than $60 on a free to play game.  And if they do, so what?  It's their money, not yours.


We are at a very exciting time to be a gamer.  It used to be we had one model for games - pay upfront, get the game.  Then, people started making MMO's with subscription services.  Then people started giving away MMOs for free with subscription services.  Then, mobile games started innovating free to play games where you could buy stuff.  Now most MMOs are free to play.  Some of these games, and some of the pricing models will be more successful than others.  But it's great to see companies innovating.  And for those of you who hate it, it might be time to get a new hobby, because these games are making money and they are here to stay.

Themixedarts
Themixedarts

I'm never getting excited about a trailer again

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

Potentially they could keep all the paid elements as purely cosmetic, vanity items like team fortress 2 and Dota 2. If they did that then this game would have potential but if this is pay2win BS then all interest is lost.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

CrAPPcom does it again


Interest killed, this only means it will be a Pay2Win fest.

Gazdakka
Gazdakka

@buying1999
Word of advice: Wait a year for the Super Hyper Combo Turbo Advanced Arcade Edition. It'll probably contain the $100 of equipment DLC that the F2P version doesn't get.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@Class_Act998675 Cd Project Red and Guild wars developer do it best way, look at guild wars, you pay full price for the game and no sub fee, in free to play you end up spending more money on upgrades and what not, on the other hand CD Project Red has freed its customers fro DRM bullshit and people respect them and even buy game instead of torrent sites, its all it takes from developer to put customer first instead of forcing things

pspearman
pspearman

@XCopperCrowX a $60 experience has a start and  an end, going free to play means this game will likely be in for the long run (always adding new content etc)

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@ReallyBigBadAnd Guild Wars pay for game and no more fees to play online, you spend more in free to play, thats the catch, even 15 to 20 a months is bullshit 

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

@ReallyBigBadAnd The big problem is not about the money, it's that all these little microtransactons ruin the experience of a game.Imagine you're going through a dungeon and find a chest, you get a prompt saying pay 2 dollars to see what's inside.For me that kind of thing just ruins the experience with all these pay walls.It's BS.Not to mention players who don't spend on microtransactions are usually hindered, making you grind too long for exp and never getting any rare item drops.Get a clue, free to play IS a scam and basically sucks.Ruins games.

Themixedarts
Themixedarts

@ReallyBigBadAnd The problem is the annoying micro transactions, having to buy all the new stuff all the time because it'll put you ahead, and if you don't you will fall behind. If buyable items have no impact on gameplay (or if it's not PvP) then that will be a relief. Only other problem is the future element which not many seem to like, for me, mainly because it was never hinted at.

ReallyBigBadAnd
ReallyBigBadAnd

@WolfgarTheQuiet @ReallyBigBadAnd I'm a big fan of Guild Wars.  I had the first one back when my PC could (barely) play current games.  But I've never paid anything close to what I paid for Guild Wars in a free to play game.  I've never spent more than five dollars on a free to play game, and that was so my son could buy the hulk in the Super Hero Squad online - which is a fun little game, although with too many attempts to get you to pay.

pspearman
pspearman

@Def-Trex @ReallyBigBadAnd Its not a scam, you get to play the game and enjoy it for free, in some cases in order to be competitive, a purchase may be necessary but that still doesn't take away the fact that you have a game you can play for free.

If you are only interested in winning then F2P could get expensive in the long run otherwise there is nothing to complain about.

At the end of the day, developers have to make money, they are a for profit organisation after all hence they choose the model which they believe will generate the most income.  They obviously believe there are more people who buy micros than will pay $60 upfront.

jonmar
jonmar

@Themixedarts @ReallyBigBadAnd I hate free to play but my problem is not the micro transactions or even pay2win. My problem is that as soon as a game goes free to play the gaming experience goes to hell. When The Old Republic turned free to play I had to stop playing it because the servers were suddenly full of obnoxious kiddies spouting obnoxious kiddie stuff on the chat running around doing obnoxious kiddie stuff in the game.

ReallyBigBadAnd
ReallyBigBadAnd

@deadruler08 @pspearman @XCopperCrowX Only the IRS "takes" your money.  For free to play games you have to give it to them.  Only give it to them if you think you are getting something worthwhile out of the deal.  It's not a hard concept, since it's the foundation of western civilization...

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

@ReallyBigBadAnd @Def-Trex @pspearman Yeah I don't like it, and at this rate I may give up on the next gen consoles and just stick to PC and retro gaming.Next gen not looking so good anymore.Oh well at least I have a good PC that's pretty much next gen anyway.Next gen crap sounds worse all the time.

ReallyBigBadAnd
ReallyBigBadAnd

@Def-Trex @pspearman @ReallyBigBadAnd The evidence suggests that plenty of people are willing to put up with microtransactions.  Otherwise, these games would all lose money and that would be the end of it. I knew we were going to see more of this the moment everyone bought that stupid horse armor at Oblivion (I didn't, btw).  The fact that major developers are going to the model for games that clearly have some investment in them suggests that the model is in fact becoming quite successful.  You may not like it.  I don't like basketball when it amounts to a lot of pushing and shoving followed by layups.  But hey, it's working for the NBA...

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

@pspearman @Def-Trex @ReallyBigBadAnd Yes you get to play the game but it's not enjoyable when they are trying to force you to buy stuff all the time."There is nothing to complain about"-This is so stupid, of course I am going to complain about microtransactions.They release a bare bones game and expect you to buy all these stupid little things that are NEEDED to make the game complete.Sure you can play without buying anything but you will get a lackluster experience hence why they want you to buy more stuff.I don't know how anybody can defend this crap.It sucks and is ruining gaming.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

@jonmar

I agree I use to play TOR a lot and then F2p came about and next thing I know the chat was full of kiddies talking about bacon for weeks it just got to a point of being so retarded it just killed my experience with the game.