Real Racing 3 is perhaps the most impressive – visually – game we’ve seen in mobile devices and despite the negative critique it received from a lot of gamers, this F2P title proves to be quite a success with downloads that are over all previous Real Racing games combined.
That was revealed by Electronic Arts Vice President of Mobile and Social Studios, Nick Earl. As Earl told CNET, the first-week downloads of Real Racing 3 exceeded the total for the past two games combined.
Not only that, but Earl claimed that EA’s decision to make this racer a F2P title was the right way to go:
“There’s no question that going freemium was the right way to go. The vocal minority lashed out at freemium. We respect them and understand, but the market has spoken. That’s just where things are going.”
So, it seems that EA is quite happy with this F2P model. It comes as no surprise therefore Crytek’s comment about the F2P model and the fact that its future games will be mostly based on it.
Truth be told, there are a lot of F2P games currently and although some are balanced towards the F2P and the P2P (or P2W) models, there are still a lot of titles that are trying to take advantage of it.
It will be interesting to see what will happen in the near future and whether traditional triple-A games will cease to exist!