Free-to-play gaming models, for both established and new IPs, are appearing more and more within the gaming world.  Now, industry powerhouse, Nintendo, has expressed interest in utilizing the free-to-play model for a new IP.

Speaking with Japanese paper Nikkei, Nintendo company head Satoru Iwata shared his thoughts on the free-to-play model (for a full transcription of Iwata’s statements, click here).

“Therefore, I have no intention of denying charged [DLC? subscription?] games, or the free-to-play model. If we were to talk about if Nintendo were to do that, however, I do not much inclination to do that with Nintendo’s established well-known products, where people trust their interesting-ness.”

“For new titles with no established base, if, in the process of development, we found it to suit the free-to-play model, we might follow that route…”

Nintendo is not the first developer to express interest in the free-to-play model.  Electronic Arts has suggested that the free-to-play model is an “inevitability,” and Crytek previously revealed that all future games will be free-to-play.

Do you think the free-to-play model is the future of gaming?  Comment below!

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