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Ubisoft Predicts Opportunities To Pair Microtransactions With $60 Games

Written By Pinoy Tekkie on Miyerkules, Oktubre 3, 2012 | 7:43 AM

Tekkie Tekkie Muna (Hold on to your wallets, at huwag muna mag- “Damn it!”), Free-to-play can make up our day!

Future Ubisoft games could offer in-game purchases after taking an initial $60 chomp of your wallet. GamesBeat says during an investor call, Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez and Worldwide Online Director Stéphanie Perotti acknowledged the “flexibility” of free-to-play business models and the “opportunity” for full-priced games offering microtransactional items.

“Free-to-play is a very flexible business model,” Perotti said. “The player has the capability to spend more than in a traditional model. We can control everything from the pricing to marketing as if we were an online store.”

“With games like Watch Dogs, we could see more opportunity for $60 games to learn from the free-to-play model,” Martinez added. “The next generation will offer more and more item-based content. This will benefit our games’ profitability.”

Ubisoft has a less-than-stellar reputation on the PC, but its outlook on harnessing the free-to-play model — especially the rising go-to strategy of implementing item shops — isn’t untested (see: Mass Effect 3). I just hope I won’t see a single polka-dotted bandana mask in Watch Dogs.

Source: http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/10/01/ubisoft-microtransaction-full-game/
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