PS4 free-to-play game Deep Down microtransaction details

Capcom says you won't lose interest in the game because it will deliver "stable long-term services."

Capcom has provided new details regarding its upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive free-to-play console game Deep Down. On the Capcom website, deputy head of consumer games Yoshinori Ono explained the approach the game will take with regards to microtransactions and player engagement.

"When we develop an online game, we aim to create a game that allows people already playing it to continue enjoying it. At the same time, we try to avoid boosting the number of players just for the sake of getting new people to play," Ono said.

"The game Deep Down is provided free of charge, but players are required to pay for additional items and other game content," he added. "To ensure people playing the game don't lose interest, we will keep working to deliver stable long-term services."

Ono said Capcom hopes to offer a "large variety of content at reasonable prices" for Deep Down, but did not provide any specifics. This content is likely to be based on player feedback, Ono said.

"The best thing to do is monitor trends in the days immediately following a game's release, and then put out DLC which reflects these trends within a month," he said.

Deep Down is set in 2094 New York and runs on Capcom's new Panta Rhei engine. The game will feature procedurally generated dungeons that exist in a shared-world, similar to that of Demon's Souls and Dark Souls.

For more on Deep Down, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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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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fore123
fore123

I don't get it..... This game looks like its worth $60(SGD)! Its gorgeous! and when people heard its F2P then they say it fucking sucks???

DWalker131
DWalker131

damn and i was really looking forward to this game

tightwad34
tightwad34

Free to play is not free to play. I wish they would stop with that patronizing title. You will get plenty of morons to buy in not knowing they will have to actually give you money to continue in the fashion they want, thus making you the money you wanted all along. There really is no such thing as free and I wish people realized that.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

I definitley am really interested in playing it, but like pretty much everyone else, I'd rather it be a game I buy for $60 and be complete.

If it's taking all the cues it looks like it is from Dark / Demon souls, but with "buy to win" crap stuck in it's going to be a real joke, and I doubt I'd play it more than once.

ry0uz
ry0uz

Deep Down... into your wallet.

jharring
jharring

Dear publishers, I would like to pay you a sum of money upfront, perhaps $60 or less, and in return you provide me a completed product that I now own.  Additionally, this product does not require (or even allow) additional money to be spent on it.  Thank you.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Give us a Dragons Dogma sequel Capcom. About the only decent game you've made in years.

blackace
blackace

Get reaady to be milked over and over again. I pass.

Haeravon
Haeravon

This game is free to play? Must not have been paying attention. Interest = lost.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

was interested not anymore capcom just want to nickle and dime you

hadlee73
hadlee73

I'd like to see more of what the Panta Rhei engine can do. I haven't seen much since the earlier footage used to promote the game.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

"To ensure people playing the game don't lose interest............we will make them pay


Yeah, makes sense.....ROTFLOL


Oh man, this industry is becoming hilarious by the second, it's like going to the circus

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

This article should be renamed to "PS4 free-to-play game Deep Down microtransaction marketing drivel"


Personal purchasing habits on f2p games, I only drop money on games that provide the whole experience for free and give you options to buy cosmetic options. In which case I drop cash into the game every month like clockwork, for games like PvZ2 or other money grubbing gaming apps I steel myself to avoid spending a cent on the game.


Here's hoping Deep Down is the former not the latter.

hawsman2
hawsman2

Told us NOTHING. This was word vomit

deathstream
deathstream

This game is going to be a money sink.  Go to the App Store and check out ANY of Capcom's F2P games.  The pricing makes EA look like monks abandoning their worldly possessions.

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

this game looks really good, If they implement a microtransaction system that;s purley cosmetic like POE, I could see this game being really good.. but if its a pay 2 win scheme where you can buy godly items etc...wont be playing it for sure

Urizen316
Urizen316

Even though the game looked pretty, that gameplay footage was atrocious. It was toe-curlingy cringeworthy the way this guy was playing. That, and the game looked really really boring. 1 attack? hurraaayyy! They should've made Dragon's Dogma 2 instead of this shit.

And you gotta love Capcom: "People pissed off about our microtransaction-schemes? Let's make an entire game around that shit!"

allever
allever

I hope it fails miserably.  Microtransaction games are ruining the gaming industry.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Capcom + Microtransactions?

Deep down, we all know this is going to suck.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

"The game Deep Down is provided free of charge, but players ARE REQUIRED to pay for additional items and other game content,"

That wording really puts me off this game, now.  With many other 'free to play' [I hate that term] games, you can at least play through most of the game without paying if you don't want to.  However, to 'require' payment in order to progress means this title isn't really free to play, it's something else, and could become a huge money-sink.  'Free to Try' would be more appropriate.

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

Micro transactions? The gaming industry is destroying itself at this point....

tomservo51
tomservo51

This game has fail written all over it.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Details? I see no new details. All I see is a developer promoting their product without saying anything close to what I'd consider a "detail."

We want to know what types of items will be for sale and how much real-world money they will cost. Of top of that some details about how those times will improve the game for you. These are details. Not "we want to keep people interested..." Of course they do and that's not saying anything to the credit of the game. It's just them trying to reassure people that they won't rip gamers off, which they probably will anyway, even if not intentionally.

Ugh! /rant :)

Ovirew
Ovirew

I'll probably try Deep Down since it's free, but I imagine I probably won't keep playing it because I don't want to pay to progress through a game.

Scorch_22
Scorch_22

Wait, whoa, whoa, whoa, this game is set in 2094 New York!? I'm actually legitimately confused here, I thought this was your run-of-the-mill fantasy dungeon crawler, but it's in the future? Or is that 2094 BC, and just happens to be geographically located where NY will soon be? I read the link about that, and it didn't have that much more info about that. Or maybe I'm just reading it all completely wrong?


I haven't kept up with this game, so if anyone knows more details about that, I'd love to know! I'm a little intrigued by that.

Barighm
Barighm

Man, this is quickly turning into the Microtransaction generation.

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

There are no details of microtransactions here. That's a misleading headline for this story.

Karchy
Karchy

Where are the details..?

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Why are you saying you have details about microtransactions when you don't?

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

Just don't get overly greedy and I might enjoy this.

kohle36
kohle36

So...this is a DLC delivery program? "Don't bother paying us the $60 up front because we're planning on releasing $8,645 in palette swap and audio track DLC tsunami. Don't worry, if you buy it all, you won't find the game excruciatingly boring". Yeah, no thanks Capcom.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

@fore123 I think people have been burnt too much by F2P. The problem is that often it so scuppers your ability to progress to a crawl. Instead they try to sell you that progress and often for way more than $60. The fun of those games is compromised by the model not helped.

Don't get me wrong, there are games where it has really worked well but they seem to be the minority.

sampson3121
sampson3121

@tightwad34 sure there is, i play lot's of games online and never pay a cent. war thunder, i kick ass and never paid a cent...so what about that?

sampson3121
sampson3121

@DinoBuster funny you think that just because you buy a game for 60$ you will get everything for free.....you really believe that?

i payed 60$ for bf4 and they still have micro trans actions, and i have to pay for new maps....so let it be free to start then spend 60$ on trans actions, instead of paying the said 60$ on the game and then still having to buy items in game.

Stiler
Stiler

@Scorch_22 It is set in the future. 

The basic gist:

“The stage of the story is New York in 2094. A member of the Ravens with the ability to read the residual thoughts that dwell on items earns his livings by clarifying the story from archaeological sites of ancient cultures. At one point in an excavation in the Czech Republic some ruins from the late 15th century are found. The presence of a mysterious city and the memories of an ancient civilization can be found in the site. The hero receives the request to investigate the ruins and to read its memories.”

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

@sampson3121 @DinoBuster I definitly don't believe that, and while I haven't played Battlefield, I know typically if you spend $60 on a retail game, it's expected that you get a certain amount of uninhibited core content, for instance, Skyrim. Add-ons, and extras will be release later that are optional, but you're initial 60 bucks goes a long way.

I've seen too many scumbag mechanics in entirely free to play formulas, that I'm always leery of them. Stamina bars that literally stop you from playing until you either A: Wait X amount of time, usually hours, or BUY an item with real money, or being able to only get so far in a game until enemies and bosses are impossible to beat unless you spend real money to buy better equipment. I'm not sure what Capcom has in mind for Deep Down, but for the kind of game it seems to be, these kinds of tactics seem very possible.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

@divinejester @AyatollaofRnRIt was a little more than you're typical "$10" expansion, but you had to buy the core game over again in order to play it by way of the "Dark Arisen" edition.