Research indicates Dust 514 set to become a 'big hit,' says Sony
- Posted September 21st, 2012 at 06:24 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 4 Comments
Sony believes that CCP’s PlayStation exclusive free-to-play MMO shooter Dust 514 has the potential to become a ‘big hit’ on PS3.
Speaking with Gamespot, PlayStation’s director of hardware marketing John Koller responded to a question about whether Sony is testing gamer’s interest in free-to-play console games by bundling the game and DLC with the upcoming release of the new PS3 Super Slim.
Koller said: “I wouldn't clarify it as a test. Although I would say that it is going to be interesting to watch the adoption rate. I won't say it's a test, because a lot of our research is pointing to Dust 514 is already set to become a big hit.’
Earlier on the interview, Koller also explains why Sony decided to bundle the game with the PS3 ‘Super Slim’ and Uncharted 3.
“We wanted to provide some diversity. You have one frontline title [Uncharted 3] that clearly is one of the top games in the industry, and then you have one that is maybe a little different. It's free-to-play, and it'll be interesting to see adoption there. We received a lot of interest from our consumers about [Dust 514], so we know that there is going to be a fairly large base for it. It'll be a good model for us to see how those types of games do,” he says.
“Our theory is that it will do very well. We think over the next few years not only some of the frontline and new IP, but also the indie titles are set for a significant amount of growth, and we think Dust 514 is probably going to be one of those. And we thought including that would provide a really nice value, and we threw in the extra DLC to get that consumer jumpstarted."
Approximately $30 worth of DLC will be dished out to those who buy a PS3 ‘Super Slim,’ which launches on Friday, September 28. For more information on Dust 514, check out our dedicated Dust forum, or read our Dust preview article to find out what it’s all about.
BlindMango | BlindMango
- 12:35pm EDT - September 21st, 2012
Not if they don't ADVERTISE it!
Soldier 95B | Solder_95B
- 4:04pm EDT - September 21st, 2012
What else would Sony say? LOL. And for free, it better do well.
jayman1 | Srg_Slaughter
- 2:13pm EDT - September 22nd, 2012
Ya its free but there counting on people buying all the goodies and extra dlc. That is sony's target. I for one have played the beta and tested it and trust me alot of people are playing that game. DC universe is also free to play up to a point where you haft to buy dlc and goodies to go beyond free to play. Sony is doing this to compete with smart phones and free games on tablets and pc's. DC universe is a success judging by how many people play it and there are alot of people who play it. I think sony is trying to turn the page on the 70 dollars games. By offering it for free with a console and having the player invest by buying extras in the game is probably more profitable for sony. Also theres no way gamestop is going to be able to resell this product. Meaning sony just saved a ton of money by making this game. So that in it self is a success already.
- 1:56pm EDT - September 27th, 2012
I dont see people dropping 60 bucks to play a microtransaction game. Maybe it'll be cheaper or just free to download from the store but paying for it just means you have to pay more money. the sad thing is from my experience witht he beta there isnt much that you can buy that are permanant. maybe a few guns and upgrades but the majority of stuff I saw were boosts that last a day,week or month and then they go away. Also the menu system fellt over complicated and bloated with info overload, just so you can run into a gam and get shot over and over again with little consequence. I have no doubt people will play it but I dont see it being somthing that too many people will spend time with the deeper levels of while others become super uber and melt faces with their minds leading to those average users to simply give up rather than spend money.
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