Killzone 3 Multiplayer Goes Free-to-Play

Killzone 3 Multiplayer Goes Free-to-Play

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Taking cues from MMOs like Rift and World of Warcraft, Killzone 3 will soon let gamers download and play its multiplayer component for free - with a level cap.

Beginning next week, Killzone 3's multiplayer will be available for free on PSN. Players who download the service will join and be matched with those who own the full game, gaining access to the Warzone, Operations, and Guerilla Warfare modes, as well as every map and DLC pack currently available. The only difference will be the maximum level reachable, capped at "Sergeant" (level 10 of 45) for those unwilling to open their wallets.

Players who want to advance past level ten can pay a one-time fee of $14.99 to unlock the "full experience." Aside from being able to eventually max out their character, they'll also be granted 24 hours of double-experience play, as well as access to multiple "double experience weekends," the first of which to take place March 2nd.

Splitting apart Killzone 3 is an interesting idea and, in retrospect, one that I'm somewhat surprised we haven't seen sooner. These days, many people purchase shooters almost exclusively for the multiplayer, either forgiving under-developed campaigns or ignoring them completely. Now, for less than 50% of the full game's current value, players will be given the option of only paying for what they want, and only after a solid amount of "try before you buy." That isn't to say that Killzone 3's singleplayer isn't worth a try, just that it's sort of great that Sony is giving players options. And options are always a good thing to have.

Source: Joystiq

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I always thought that the inevitable evolution of online passes would be buying the game for 30 dollars and having to pay another 30 for the multiplayer.
I actually think that will be beter for publisher's dev's and gamers.

I do think thats a genuinely good move on Sony's part there.

And its one that EA and Activision can pick up on too. It wont make me buy, or even try, Call of Duty or Battlefield, but its a good move to make nontheless.

I wonder if Sony is planning the same thing for Resistance 3...

That's pretty neat. And it's doing it properly: offer it for free to give them a taste, and then offer it for half the price of the full game, since you're only getting Multiplayer.

I've got the full game, and I still believe it was well worth it for the fuckawesome campaign, but for people more interested in the multiplayer, this can only be a good thing.

I'm really surprised this hasn't been done before, I hope the bigger publishers start seeing some potential and start doing similar stuff.

Who played the campaign of BF3 anyways?.

This is quite a good idea. Those, like me, who already own the game, get fresh meat to play against.

SupahGamuh:

Who played the campaign of BF3 anyways?.

Me. It was decent to the extreme. I enjoyed 3 levels. Out of some 15. The rest was boring, and senseless. It did show off the engine quite well though. It's also the only game I love for the multiplayer. I'm generally a singleplayer guy, but the online is so
much fun if you have a friend with a mic.

While I'm glad that this is happening since I've always wondered why these shooters aren't sold as "multiplayer" and "single player" packs I'm livid because I paid 120.00 pounds Sterling for KillZone 3 and then my PS3 YLOD, so I had to fork out more money! ARGGHHH!

bringing in more players can only be a good thing though, *grumble grumble*

Mike Kayatta:
Now, for less than 50% of the full game's current value

Looks like I'm crying myself to sleep tonight, again

....that's actually a great idea. Funny thing is, I guarantee that very few, if any, other console FPS will do this. I can't see this happening with Call of Duty when there's millions of people willing to pay full price for a content patch every year.

That sounds really awesome, I might jump in and actually pay. I do remember liking the beta.

Next step: More hats!

It's a really good idea.
Wish that this happened with MW3 because I haven't played the campaign, plus CoD (MW2, MW3,B Ops) campaigns aren't really worth paying the other 20 of the 40 paid for the game.

Mike Kayatta:
Players who download the service will join and be matched with those who own the full game, gaining access to the Warzone, Operations, and Guerilla Warfare modes, as well as every map and DLC pack currently available.

That's brilliant, more people who get to enjoy the awesome multiplayer of KZ3. As I've said before, for me it's the best multiplayer I've played since BF1942 back in the day.

I'm especially excited about the above part, I hope it happens to both groups, giving access to the DLC map packs, both to those who try it out with the free offer and for those of us who have the full game. I can't wait to play me some Blood Gracht again.

I already own the game so I'm wondering, would now be a good it e to finally buy the map pack/s?

I resisted getting them earlier because I didn't think anybody played them but now that we're about to get a fresh batch of new players with the map packs, I'm thinking now would be a good time to get it.

Too bad they're not offering the map packs free for people who bought the full game.

I absolutely love this. Sure it sucks for the people that already have the game (assuming they still have to buy the DLC maps). Still, as I've said before, multiplayer games have so much to gain from simply having people playing them, so F2P benefits the paying costumers as well. I hope and believe this will be a rousing success, I know I'll be checking it out come Tuesday. I may even buy the level cap increaser, just to support this move.

Gorilla Gunk:
I already own the game so I'm wondering, would now be a good it e to finally buy the map pack/s?

I resisted getting them earlier because I didn't think anybody played them but now that we're about to get a fresh batch of new players with the map packs, I'm thinking now would be a good time to get it.

Too bad they're not offering the map packs free for people who bought the full game.

I agree, it would make a lot of sense for them to offer the DLC packs free as well, we can only hope it'll come down the road.

As for whether they're worth it, not sure. Blood Gracht and Salumun Market were awesome in KZ2, especially the former. I had such intense battles in that map and it being shined up and with the new additions in the KZ3 multiplayer, I can't see how it can't be better. With the multiplayer going free, it would probably also mean that there won't be a shortage of players. I just hope it'll last. I remember buying the DLC packs for KZ2 and unfortunately, finding players to play with was pretty hard, since not a lot bought those packs. Too bad, because there were some pretty good maps inbetween.

If you do go ahead and buy them, I'd be very interested to hear what you think. I've been thinking about buying them as well for a while, but never really gotten around to it, because of my KZ2 experience with map packs.

I actually came up with the idea for downloadable standalone multiplayer a while ago and wrote a blog post about the idea back in December. Here's the link,

http://ultimablackmage.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/time-for-online-multiplayer-to-become.html

Give it a read and spread the word on who came up with the idea! The whole free to play with a level cap thing makes sense to add on what I came up with... in the real world we call it a demo!

This seems like an interesting trend. I hope it happens closer to the release date in the future.

I borrowed KZ3 from a friend and greatly enjoyed the multiplayer. If I weren't at college, I would absolutely shell out the $15 for the multiplayer, and it might be a good model to get some friends playing as well. KZ4'd better have a similar feature upon its release.

Waaghpowa:
....that's actually a great idea. Funny thing is, I guarantee that very few, if any, other console FPS will do this. I can't see this happening with Call of Duty when there's millions of people willing to pay full price for a content patch every year.

Don't forget, that same franchise is also charging an optional fee to give you some more content for a year.
They already know that half of the players will drop the game a year later when the next CoD arrives, and found a way to milk each installment to it's full capability.

Consoles need more free-to-play games without the pay-to-win system a lot of Korean FPS games for the PC have.

As much as I like this, I think it's kind of bullshit that the new players basically get all the DLC free while people who actually bought the game still have to pay.

Wait.
The multiplayer component of that game cost $14.99?
I don't know about you, but to me that seems a bit steep.

This is a great idea. I bought Killzone 3 on launch so this affects me in no way.

Also you can get the full game for about a fiver now.

But the thought is there.

this is a really great idear, NOW MAKE MOAR OPERATIONS

What is this a relatively good idea by a company? Oh my Christ the world must be ending and society will fail I better get ready to drink my own piss.

I feel a bit sorry for those who bought it earlier and now have to pay for the DLC map packs. But i guess they go the maximum level cap and have better weapons than those stuck at the 10 level cap. And paying $15.99 for the entire multi-player is nice deal because i think it cost around $30 used for both the single player and multi-player

I heard the single player for Killzone 3 is actually good and huge improvement over Killzone 1 and 2. And in the FPS genre a very solid story in a genre that's not well known having good storylines that's full plotholes or boring characters and cliche plot twists

gigastar:
I do think thats a genuinely good move on Sony's part there.

And its one that EA and Activision can pick up on too. It wont make me buy, or even try, Call of Duty or Battlefield, but its a good move to make nontheless.

I wonder if Sony is planning the same thing for Resistance 3...

What? CoD's multiplayer isn't restricted at all. Unless you count the 10 map packs, which are a bit lean for their price tag.
I think this will probably bring a few new players in, but I don't see it having a major impact.

Jakub324:

gigastar:
I do think thats a genuinely good move on Sony's part there.

And its one that EA and Activision can pick up on too. It wont make me buy, or even try, Call of Duty or Battlefield, but its a good move to make nontheless.

I wonder if Sony is planning the same thing for Resistance 3...

What? CoD's multiplayer isn't restricted at all. Unless you count the 10 map packs, which are a bit lean for their price tag.

I meant that in the way that assuming that i wanted in on CoD multiplayer id have to buy the full game for it.

Now if only uncharted 3 would do this.

I support this. Definitely a good way to do it, it's basically a perpetual multiplayer demo that helps keep the community alive. And splitting the multiplayer as a separate purchase is definitely a viable strategy in future. The only problem I can see with it is single-player campaigns in games like this will struggle to remain viable, so FPS gamers might have a lot fewer single player options to choose from.

Whilst good there is a small problem with splitting a game into 2; it essentially becomes 2 separate games from a publisher stand point. Therefore if one element bombs we may only see a sequal to the half that did well.

As someone who loves singleplayer but doesn't play multiplayer on one hand splitting a game totally looks great to get just the single and save money but on the other the popularity of multiplayer over singleplayer currently would be worrying to me as publishers would stop funding singlplayer parts to focus on the multiplayer. This happens to an extent but clean splitting would force it further down the road.

I tend to accept a good portion of dev time and budget going into multiplaye because it is subsedising my single player, it's the reason the game probably got made and is the reason a sequal will be green lighted, it's just not for me.

Good idea to me. I will actually try Killzone 3 now, and if I enjoy my time playing for free then I will pay to get the whole thing. If I don't like it then I've not lost anything.

Though granted learning a new game that I've never played before purely by going into mutliplayer matches is a little daunting. I spent 10 hours on the singleplayer of Soul Cali 5 before going online and that's a game I'm familiar with.

gigastar:

And its one that EA and Activision can pick up on too. It wont make me buy, or even try, Call of Duty or Battlefield, but its a good move to make nontheless.

Both CoD and Battlefield have been selling you what is almost exclusively a Multiplayer game already, so for them this would be a de facto price drop for the vast majority of purchases.

That, or they'd have to provide a Single Player that is actually worth €30.

But apart from cynical views on publishers' cash-grabbing habits I think this is a move worth applauding. Not having to pay for a side of the game you're not going to play anyhow is a great thing. Now just make a version that is Single Player only, and I'll be happy.

rolfwesselius:
I always thought that the inevitable evolution of online passes would be buying the game for 30 dollars and having to pay another 30 for the multiplayer.
I actually think that will be beter for publisher's dev's and gamers.

Why would they do that? They are already charging you 60$ for the multiplayer...
I agree that its the best, but if they try to separate both components into 2 different games, they will fully charge us for each of them.

The lesson from all these games going from a paid model to free-to-play, is that developers should have left piracy alone, other than to say how wrong it is, or whatever.

Where pirates are taken out of the equation due to particularly effective DRM and anti-piracy measures, games struggle and have to find a way to bring "piracy" back, making the game free-to-play.

The problem with free-to-play is that it destroys the customer base of those who whould have been willing to pay for the game. Furthermore the whole micro-transactions model, if it has any effect on gameplay rather than just cosmetic changes, usually ends of messing up the game as well, for everybody.

Brilliant idea, i might give it a try.
if i buy the full game in the future, i wonder if my MP progress will transfer over

SupahGamuh:
Who played the campaign of BF3 anyways?.

The campaign had some good moments, but I spent most of it infuriated because I could see the potential for a really gripping campaign lying under the surface, but noticing all the ways it fell completely flat.

OT: If the beta was anything to go by, colour me interested.

SupahGamuh:
I'm really surprised this hasn't been done before, I hope the bigger publishers start seeing some potential and start doing similar stuff.

Who played the campaign of BF3 anyways?.

I used to play the the battlefield campaign then I took a rat to the face.

 

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