The soon to be released Warface developed with the CryENGINE 3 , is Crytek’s first AAA freemium shooter. Apparently this business model is the wave of the future, Crytek’s Founder/CEO/President Cevat Yerli recently stated that all future titles will be based on the freemium approach.
Warface is slated for a 2012 release in North America & Europe. Crytek has signed 3 publishing contracts with Mail.ru for Russia and the CIS, , Tencent for mainland China and with Nexon for South-Korea and Taiwan. The exact date for the later regions is not yet know. At present, the game is planned to be available (localized) in English, Chinese, Korean and Russian, with more languages to follow for the release in Europe and North America.
Here’s what Crytek has to say about their new Freemium Beast:
It takes you to a wide variety of breathtaking locations, placing you in some of the deadliest war zones on the planet. Innovative game design brings you intuitive controls and thrilling, fast-paced action. Teamwork is essential for survival and elevates you to a whole new level of immersion.
Warface offers a wide variety of intense and rewarding multiplayer options. A vast and frequently updated PVE universe, featuring dramatic co-op missions where you are rewarded for both teamwork and individual skill. A full set of class-based PVP modes make for an unrivaled competitive experience.
The game was planned to go into Beta in February, but as of publication, still has yet to open its doors to the Beta masses. But fear not! You can apply for a beta key, and reserve your unique Warface ID here.
The market is quite saturated with FPS at the moment, and there’s no sign of it letting up. Having a AAA freemium option is a welcome change however, especially after having forked out for BF3, B2K AND Premium. EA is starting to be like an expensive girlfriend.