Says free-to-play games could soon have budgets as high as $1bn
Ngmoco boss Ben Cousins said that within just a few years, free-to-play online games will reach the level of depth and quality seen in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, according to a report published on gamesindustry.biz.
Speaking at the Free-2-Play Summit in London yesterday, Cousins touched on the future of F2P, saying that the category is on the verge of reaching massive levels of popularity, and higher levels of quality.
“I am totally 100 per cent confident – I will bet large amounts of money – that we will have, in the next few years, a free-to-play equivalent of Skyrim,” said Cousins. “A game like Skyrim, where you accrue skills and equipment over time, that you can play for hundreds of hours, is actually one of the easiest games to develop for a free-to-play model. That would be a big hit.”
He also said in no uncertain terms that he believes F2P games are the way of the future.
“In the future I believe free-to-play will be the way that nearly everyone plays games, it will be nearly every genre, and it will be nearly every platform,” said Cousins.
He also predicted that if this becomes reality, such widespread success could push developers to create F2P games with budgets as high as $1 billion.
Cousins is no stranger to F2P gaming. Before working at Ngmoco as he worked at Sony during the creation of PlayStation Home back in 2005. From there, he moved to DICE, where he helped create Battlefield Online and Battlefield Heroes.