Warface PC launching October 21

Crytek confirms its free-to-play FPS going live next week; Xbox 360 version to follow in 2014.

The PC version of Crytek's free-to-play first-person shooter Warface will be released on October 21, the developer announced today. A final round of beta testing for Warface concluded last month.

Warface will be released on Xbox 360 in 2014. Though it will be "free" on Xbox 360, players must have an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($50/year) to play.

Warface is Crytek's first free-to-play game. The PC version of the game is in development at the company's Kiev outfit and runs on CryEngine 3.

Crytek claims the game--set in the near future--offers a cinematic experience with next-gen visuals, artificial intelligence, and physics.

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli defended the game's free-to-play model last year.

"We know that free-to-play games have a bad image," Yerli said at the time. "They have a bad reputation; 'it's pay to win, it's low quality.' I completely get that, but we are making free-to-play that's high quality. It's CryEngine 3; it's a big investment."

For more on Warface, check out GameSpot's Now Playing video feature below with Yerli.

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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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28 comments
gamequiche
gamequiche

Free-to-play games is like free food at Costco. I stuff my face until I get sick of it, or the lady behind the counter gives me dirty looks, whichever happens first, and then I head over to the next table of samples.

hystavito
hystavito

I'm so sick of cinematic experiences.  Give us back shooters where you have more control, less contextual crap, and more need for tactics.

Daian
Daian

Very few games do FTP right. I doubt this is one of them.

Catz_03
Catz_03

That's cool I guess.

ZOD777
ZOD777

I hope this falls flat on it's warface.  FTP needs to die.

godhand1942
godhand1942

This game looked and played like crap for a F2P game imo. I go around trying to find great F2P games out there and this is certainly not one of them. 

Soap2k11
Soap2k11

I love Crysis and I hoped that Warface would at least look as good as Crysis, but no. Warface's gameplay sucks horse balls, graphics are utter crap, movement is to slow and clunky, shooting is no fun either, very generic gun sounds and very boring gamemodes....even TDM is no fun at all....

RedKingShura
RedKingShura

Release only in the East? Or Europe and North/South America as well?

RT-XD
RT-XD

"We know that free-to-play games have a bad image," Yerli said at the time. "They have a bad reputation; 'it's pay to win, it's low quality.' I completely get that, but we are making free-to-play that's high quality. It's CryEngine 3; it's a big investment."

I like the way he says it's high quality, but 'forgot' to mention anything about it being pay to win just like most other free to play games.


Hurvl
Hurvl

It launches within a week? It's been free-to-mock ever since we heard what it was called. I mean, Warface, really?The quest for coming up with more and more generic, uninformative game titles keeps on going.

R083R70
R083R70

I prefer some free to play models as apposed to subscription based (I like how in LOTRO you just pay for the content you want and then play whenever you want), but "free" will always be misleeading because if the game was completely free how would the game make any money? The only way I could see this as being completely free is if Microsoft hired Crytek to make the game exclusive to their systems to encourage people to come to Xbox and pay for gold membership (which obviously isn't free but the game isn't extorting you for any more money).


Releasing all content with a first time purchase is still the most honest way of doing things though. 

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

it was a fun beta, let's see if they fixed the tons of glitches it had

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

Well, I'll play this for a week before BF 4 ;)

zerofrust
zerofrust

Me: Let me see your real War Face!

Crytek: WAAAAAAA

Me: You don't scare me,work on it!!!

malokevi
malokevi

Game looks slick. Pretty much the only reason I'm keeping my X360 in play. Really hoping they bring it to next gen, save me the hassle.

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

Beta was kinda fun but I didn't stick with it for long. Not a fan of browser activated games. DICE did it well with BF3 and it was pretty smooth. It was still the beta version though so it will probably be better in release.

Nexttime45
Nexttime45

gameplay looks fun, graphics a lil less 

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Seems a bad time to launch even as a free 2 play title with Battlefield 4 on the horizon.

a55effect
a55effect

Finally, never got a Beta invite :(

n3cw4rr10r
n3cw4rr10r

Having played the beta, I have mixed feelings about the game. This would be something, I would play when I am traveling and just have my laptop with me or something, This is not going to replace BF3/4 as my primary game. If I were to rate it, I guess it would be a 7 @ best.

gavnation00
gavnation00

Warface is pretty good but there are still a pretty big pile of bugs that still need to be fixed. Also It is way to easy to get spawn killed in this game.

anybodykilla15
anybodykilla15

@hystavito you just described brothers in arms: road to hill 30, and it had all of those things crytek mentions as well

ZOD777
ZOD777

@RT-XD Thought the exact same thing after I read his statement.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@commander1122 nah, it's not, it's so easy to kill P2W players in this game without those P2W perks.