Free ‘webbased’ shooters for 2008

29 May, 2008 (13:36) | Game industry

This year two new online shooters will be released for free. Quake Live and Battlefield Heroes are scheduled for release in the 2nd half of 2008. Both games rely on advertising and a large online social community as they are free for download and free to play. Both games have a closed beta with a very limited number of beta testers. So far beta testing focuses on the games them self, but in my opinion the social community build around these games will need similar attention from the developers as the community site brings advertising income to the games andit’s the main starting point for both games: you can only launch the game from the website after authentication. Wouldn’t it be great if the devs opened up their platform with an API to integrate it into sites as Facebook, MySpace or the Dutch Hyves.

Will we see more games with the same sales strategy the coming years? Will this be the answer to piracy?

Comments

Comment from Joël
Date: May 30, 2008, 10:59 PM

Will we see more games with the same sales strategy the coming years? Will this be the answer to piracy?

It will, if they go cross-platform instead of using DirectX. ^^

Comment from Stewie
Date: May 31, 2008, 9:40 PM

But piracy is a major issue on the PC only. Freeware console games are hard to do as Sony and Microsoft but force the games on their console to be able to run without internet connection.

Comment from Joël
Date: June 1, 2008, 9:55 PM

Actually pointing in the direction of Mac OS X instead of consoles 😉