High Quality Free-to-Play Titles? Namco Doesn’t Think So
Millions of gamers enjoy free-to-play (or F2P) games from a variety of different genres. From Maple Story to Perfect World to Dungeon Fighter, which happens to be my personal favorite, there is absolutely no shortage of enjoyable F2P games. While they may be fun, big wig Japanese publisher Namco-Bandai believes that none of these games are ‘high quality’. Senior VP of Europe Oliver Comte made his opinions clear at Cloud Gaming Europe. By ‘high quality’, we can just assume he’s referring to jaw-dropping visuals, stellar audio and sound production, and richly penned narratives.
He also thinks that the current business model for the mobile games market will be detrimental to the industry as a whole later down the line.
I personally think that both mobile games and F2P titles increase the visibility and accessibility of video games and therefore, naturally, strongly disagree with his opinions. Hopefully he doesn’t think that the actual game-play of all F2P titles is low quality. That’s just silly. Dungeon Fighter is fantastic. Oh, and by the way, SoulCalibur is coming out on the iPhone tomorrow, which makes Mr. Comte sound like quite the hypocrite. Plus since both mobile and F2P games are doing wonderfully, it’s really just sour grapes. But enough of this, I’m off to sign up for Team Fortress 2.