In a rather interesting turn of events Wargaming, the studio behind the Free To Play “World Of Tanks” MMO, has announced the company has purchased Day 1 Studios, developers of the FEAR franchise, stating the company’s intent to enter the console game market.
It’s quite huge in itself that Wargaming bought Day 1 for $20 million, but the purchase may give an interesting insight into the future of console gaming and the free to play model.
Consoles and the relationship with the free to play model is still in its infancy. Sony and Microsoft have both dabbled with FTP with their latest consoles, Microsoft with Happy Wars and Sony with upcoming MMOFPS Dust 514.
Now that another studio (CCP Games being the other example) that is dedicated to the FTP market has stated its ambition to branch out to consoles, it should be seen as a signal that the next gen could have a lot more FTP options coming for it.
Source: Press Release