During the conference call related to the financial results for fiscal year 2014, Capcom mentioned the upcoming PS4 exclusive Deep Down and its free to play business model, explaining that while there’s little precedent, it’s a venue worth exploring:
There are still few precedents for free to play titles on home consoles, but we recognize that this is an ambitious title. However “Deep Down,” which we are developing internally, by the basic nature of being free, comes with the big benefit of the opportunity to attract new players on a new platform. I think it’s a business model worth challenging.
Unfortunately a release date still hasn’t been determined, and Capcom has delayed announcements about the public beta for the game in Japan four times already, promising news for this month.
Hopefully we’ll hear more soon, especially about a potential western release date. Unfortunately Capcom won’t be at Gamescom, so we’ll probably have to wait beyond next week.