Respawn CEO: Free-To-Play Valid Business, Would Consider It

by AOTF Staff

The GameInformer interview with Respawn Entertainment CEO, Vince Zampella continues to turn out new information in regards to his thoughts on game development and the future of the company.

The latest news to come out of the interview is that in the back of their mind they are open to various ideas, one being a free-to-play model. GameInformer inquired on how Vince talks a lot about how first-person shooters in the PC market should be free-to-play and that those based on that model have a longer life-span. At which Vince replied with the following:

“You know I think it’s a valid business model that obviously works very well for some people. I think you have to approach the game with that business model in mind and build around it. We didn’t have that in mind, so for us it wouldn’t have made any sense. But not to dismiss the business model – it obviously works fantastically for a lot of people.”

GameInformer followed that up with asking if Vince believes that business model is something they would consider or stick with AAA titles like Titanfall. To which Vince answered:

“Honestly I would consider anything. When we start a new project we look at what the best setup would be for each game, each title. If we were to do a mobile game say, would it be more likely to be free-to-play? Probably. If we were to do something for the Asian market would it be more likely free-to-play? Probably. Here, I don’t think triple-A titles are going away any time soon. But I also don’t think free-to-play is going away any time soon. So I think it comes down to the idea, the game itself, and the design of what you have.”

Finally that isn’t quite where the free-to-play conversation ended. Vince wanted to add a little more to assure fans that Titanfall isn’t going free-to-play anytime soon.

“I would definitely consider a free-to-play game in the future, but that’s not necessarily where Titanfall is going right now. I don’t want to start a rumor that this next game is going to be free-to-play, but I think Titanfall is a triple-A brand right now and we intend to keep it that way for the short term.”

The interview is an interesting one and has also brought up the Titanfall exclusivity subject as well as brought to light the existence of a second team at Respawn working on a non-Titanfall project.