The PlayStation 3’s upcoming EVE Online tie-in is perhaps not as free as previously hinted at. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP who are developing the title has talked about the need for some sort of pre-pay scheme.
In the beginning you have to pre-buy credits, so you pay something like $10-$20 to enter the game and you get the equivalent number of credits in the game once you do that. We call this the ‘cover charge’
So it seems that any outlay you make to get in on the game will be converted to in-game credit to spend on content. It’s not known whether the content that you can buy will be game-changing items or simply vanity items like those that became available in EVE Online itself.
Pétursson went on to say that they might take the game completely free to play in the future. So it seems like it might only be the early adopters who are going to be charged, with less eager players possibly willing to wait for the free version. It’s an interesting, not to mention risky, strategy but if it proves successful, there is a lot of potential for other MMOs to make the leap to Sony’s home console.