Today in an interview with CCP’s CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson via Gameindustry.biz, Hilmar discussed the business model their new MMOFPS DUST 514 would be using. Hilmar stated that they would be charging players a “cover charge” fee ranging from $10 – 20 upfront which would be converted into in-game currency,
You’re really getting the game for free but you have to pre-buy credits in the beginning. We might go fully free-to-play down the line, but in the beginning we have a cover charge just to manage the initial launch of it.
First, no the game is not free if you have to pay $10 – 20 to login. Second does this mean DUST 514 will be made available as a free download without the need to purchase the actual game? If so, then $10 – 20 is great , if not, then basically they want to charge $70-80 for the game, which sucks.
I contacted CCP for clarification on whether or not DUST 514 will be made available as a free download or if it requires a purchase since I couldn’t find the info anywhere. Being a PS3 title, I was under the assumption the game would need to be purchased first, so we’ll see what they say. However regardless of which it is, DUST 514 will still not be free with the “Cover Charge”.