Announced today on the Playstation Blog, Ars Technica reports that, Sony is going to be offering up, free multiplayer for their hit shooter Killzone 3.
Coming to North America February 28 (just a few days after the game's first anniversary), the free download will grant players access to Killzone 3's Warzone, Guerrilla Warfare, and Operations modes as well as all maps and DLC packs. However, free players will be prevented from ranking up past "Sergeant," the 10th rank out of 45 in the game.
In order to continue leveling up and achieving new trophies and weapons, players will have to unlock the full multiplayer mode at a cost of $14.99, or buy the full game, which also include an extensive single-player mode. It's a structure that's similar to other recent high-profile games that have added a free-to-play offering, like World of Warcraft, which caps free players at level 20.
This is nice start for consoles. I just hope they wont start charging some kind of fee for every game.
Now think of this. If a game developer where to sell just the multiplayer online.
Lets use COD because it is the easiest example. What if they just simply sold the MP thru the dashboard. Download it, and you get the online for that price at a discounted rate.
One, developer are able to get their content out quicker, and cheaper, and you arent paying for something you essentially dont want. The majority of people that play COD, didn't buy it for the story. That is where I want to see this thing go towards.
This is a pretty nifty idea. Good job Sony in coming up with something good there. While there are potential downsides there, I think there could be many good ones to come as well. Again, if maybe you don't care about the single player or just want to see how this years version of Game X's online plays, you have more options now. I hope that this works out well and turns out to be a great idea.
Well...DCU did the same thing a while back. Glitchiest MMO ever. But you are correct!
Sony steps to success!
1) Make fun of a product (competitor)
2) Watch their own products fail
3) Copy other product and make a just barely "better" version.
4) Watch their "creation" crash and burn.
Also, I still don't see this happening for new releases anytime soon. This is simply a way for them to continue profiting from the title (which was prob. one of their biggest recent investments). It's win-win at this point in the game's life, but I don't see this for anything more than what it really is (a chance for them to continue making money from the game vs. not).