Most console gamers wouldn’t know it, but “PC Master Race” purists will tell you, that Wargaming, a company known for their World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, and World of Warships franchises on PC is absolutely killing it in the “free to play” market. Honestly, I can’t think of a company who has had a better couple of years in that space. And now, Wargaming is hoping that same momentum can help carry them over to consoles.
This morning, Wargaming announced the acquisition of Chicago based Day 1 Studios for a cool $20 million USD (I told you that they’re killing it in free to play). Also, whatever it is that they’ll be working on seems like it won’t be for any current gen offerings as the press release states “following the acquisition, the newly formed studio will focus exclusively on the development of an unannounced console.” With next gen console hardware reportedly being closer to PC hardware than ever before, I guess this seems like a natural progression for Wargaming moving forward.
The question is: will Wargaming’s “free to play” model (which has yet to gain much steam on XBOX 360 or PS3) also be a part of the company’s strategy on consoles? I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.