Rumor: Blizzard Sets Its Sights on Free-to-Play with Unannounced Title

Posted Thu, Feb 23, 2012 by Martuk

Free-to-play seems to be the latest craze in online gaming, and if a recent rumor is true, Blizzard may be adopting the increasingly popular model for their upcoming MMOG codenamed Titan. According to a report from Develop, a source inside of Blizzard has stated that the World of Warcraft developer will be applying the free-to-play model to its yet announced game. The source didn’t provide much more than that, so at the moment, this could indicate the Titan project, another unannounced title all together or simply be little more than a rumor. A Blizzard spokesperson declined to comment when questioned about the report.

As with all rumors, we recommend taking it with a grain of sal. But given the industry’s ongoing shift from subscription to the freemium model, it would not be surprising to see Blizzard making a model shift with Titan given all the higher quality free-to-play titles currently available and in development.

Blizzard COO Paul Sams talked about free-to-play briefly at BlizzCon 2011 in reference to WoW, but it was clear from his statement that Blizzard was not opposed to the concept.

“We don’t have any opposition to the concept, it’s just that at this point we haven’t decided to make a game where that is the model. But that doesn’t mean that we won’t.”

Source: Develop

wonder if blizzard would just make it free to play till lvl 60 then raise it a expansion when a new expansion comes out. May have to have other restrictions as well. Like bank bags. Other restrictions are a given if the person on free mode could not lvl till they bought an expansion or new expansion cme out.just a thought

I would actually like a GW model... buy a game... play as much as you want... get rid of monthly payments... buy cosmetic stuff that doesn't unbalance a game...

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