Snow is a Free-to-Play Open World Winter Sports Game

Snow is a Free-to-Play Open World Winter Sports Game

Snow is now available via Steam's early access program.

Snow has just appeared on Steam via its "early access" program, and it looks to be like a skiing/snowboarding fan's wet dream. Rather than the traditional "racing-game-on-skis" that most winter sports games like SSX are, Snow promises to be an open world free-to-play affair, letting players tackle the mountain in whatever way they see fit.

"Snow is currently in development by a small team of independent developers from Sweden. We are constantly working on the game to add new features, tweak existing features, and fix bugs. Our development is supported by you, our users, playing the game and providing us feedback through our discussion boards."

In Snow, players can freely explore a massive mountain environment on skis or snowboard - alone or with friends. Players may also take part in solo or multiplayer events and challenges and customize their character with over a dozen real world branded products.

People who ski or snowboard IRL will tell you the real thrill of the sport is going off-piste, finding a trail through the trees, or hitting up some pristine back country, and Snow looks like it satisfies that exploration itch. The game also looks absolutely gorgeous, and is sure to keep snow fans occupied during that long wait between seasons.

While the game will be free-to-play when it officially launches, to participate in the early access alpha, you'll have to purchase a "starter pack" for $14.99.

Source: Steam

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I was going to check this out, but for 15 bucks I think I'll just wait until it's F2P at release and see if I actually like it before I consider purchases.

Free to play? In a competitive sports game? That's going to be made into a super-grind unless you pay for unlocks and premium equipment.

Am I still the only one a little tired of the free-to-play system?

I might take a look at this once it's F2P, but I'm not willing to pay 15$ for something which I will most likely play for an hour or so while enjoying the scenery and then go back to Dota 2 or something.

Sounds great to me. Some of my fondest gaming memories are of the free roam in SSX, I loved exploring every inch of the mountain in-between races. And zooming down a huge snowy mountain at full-speed is such an adrenaline rush, especially since I will never get to do it for real.

This is now on my watch-list.

Sounds neat. I liked the music they used in that trailer...

Solo options?

I'm so trying this out when it comes out. My Attack3 joystick needs some love.

I'm curious as to how much the game is about racing/competing and how much is exploration. If I could play through the game totally solo and each area was full of interesting stuff I'd probably get the game, but since it's free-to-play I get the feeling that there will be one mountain for free any all of the decent ones will be 5 each. I would rather pay 20 and get everything in one game and have fun with it, but I'm not going to pay 12 to playtest an alpha build then have to pay for content on top of that on release. Might as well wait until it's finished and play it for free, hopefully without being pestered with microtransactions. 'Pay 1 to not be eaten by a bear'

This sounds cool. I'm dead serious that this actually sounds like a game I would play. I really like the SSX series and have been waiting for another good snowboarding/downhill slopes game to come out.

What concerns me is the "free to play" element. A completely free game does not exist. What will I eventually have to pay for?

I worry that I will download the game and be plonked into a snowy wonderland that looks absolutely amazing that I can walk around in for hours and admire the scenery. That sounds nice.

But what if I want to snowboard down a big hill and it says "To snowboard, you must unlock the snowboarding feature for $4.99 or walk around for another 5 hours."

So I just want to know, WHAT will I have to pay for eventually?

tehweave:
What concerns me is the "free to play" element. A completely free game does not exist. What will I eventually have to pay for ?

gamers vanity alone can probably fund a f2p game...there are a lot of things that can be sold in an MMO that basically "don't affect the gameplay"...IF it gets enough of an amassed player base and goes for that ofc.

and generally speaking the more "free" you make the game the more players you are likely to attract.

it's "a numbers game" basically.

a "loss-leading" system.

where you don't gouge people because not doing so means more people and more people means more sales.

this is how the Asian f2p kings like MapleStory and Kartrider in Korea work (both games are practically Korean national institutions and have player numbers that blow the likes of WoW clean out the water).

the problem is some western companies see microtransactions in a game as way to wring money out of as high a percentage of the people playing as possible when the business model is really about getting a vast amount of people to play and then getting a constant juicy phat "trickle" from low percentages of said vast amount of players.

in short it seems our corporate culture sometimes doesn't have the patience for the "trickle" approach...so on occasion they hurt their own games...although i have to say very few f2p MMOs that i've seen actually have the "cockblock or cash" thing everybody seems to bring up when they talk about f2p...and i've played a lot of MMOs...tbth i see far more "cockblock or cash" around in the shape of "DRM" for other types of games especially when it comes to being able to access "content"...

So I can get to experience snowboarding and skiing without expericence the freezing cold temperature? Awesome!

Scarim Coral:
So I can get to experience snowboarding and skiing without expericence the freezing cold temperature? Awesome!

You can do that anyway. With half-way decent clothes it's not particularly cold up on the slopes (unless the weather is particularly bad in which case you can hit the restaurant or head back down).

CriticalMiss:
I'm curious as to how much the game is about racing/competing and how much is exploration. If I could play through the game totally solo and each area was full of interesting stuff I'd probably get the game, but since it's free-to-play I get the feeling that there will be one mountain for free any all of the decent ones will be 5 each. I would rather pay 20 and get everything in one game and have fun with it, but I'm not going to pay 12 to playtest an alpha build then have to pay for content on top of that on release. Might as well wait until it's finished and play it for free, hopefully without being pestered with microtransactions. 'Pay 1 to not be eaten by a bear'

Judging by the trailer, it might be that they're covering most of their cost with sponsorship deals. You could imagine that if it's a success there's some value for the featured brands to be associated with it. Presumably a significant number of players will be winter sports enthusiasts IRL as well.

Flatfrog:

CriticalMiss:
Snerp

Judging by the trailer, it might be that they're covering most of their cost with sponsorship deals. You could imagine that if it's a success there's some value for the featured brands to be associated with it. Presumably a significant number of players will be winter sports enthusiasts IRL as well.

Yeah, I thought that was kind of clever as it is unlikely that the clothes will have any kind of gameplay effects (unless body temperature is some kind of mechanic) and are purely cosmetic. But I'm worried that the F2P gremlins will snatch away some of the levels so that areas of the game become premium content or there will be some kind of charge to use ski-lifts.

Sorry, but that gameplay and trailer makes it look like it's in the same vein as those shitty train/bus/farming simulators, just with way better graphics. Will have to wait and see.

you know from the title I thought this was going to be a satirical post. Anyways on the subject of the actual game, its got some nice visuals. I'm actually really curious as to what happens when you get to the bottom of the mountain, being as it's an open world.

Guitarmasterx7:
I'm actually really curious as to what happens when you get to the bottom of the mountain, being as it's an open world.

well i'd assume there's are ski lifts/cable cars/helicopters like irl...

I got major Amped flashbacks from watching that trailer. Will totally have to give this a try when it comes out. Hopefully snowboarding will be a free option because I don't fancy having to bollocks about on skiis for ages to unlock it.

 

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