Xbox Is Adapting A Popular First Party IP For F2P
OXM UK is reporting that Microsoft is working on adapting one of their highly regarded first party IPs into a AAA free-to-play game. This information was lifted from a job listing at Microsoft’s Redmond, WA location. The listing describes,
“an experienced Technical Producer to drive the future of gaming through a hybrid of AAA quality games and service-based experiences, technology, and business models. You will work with external game developers and an internal team of cross-discipline employees in Microsoft’s Xbox organization.”
“Lead the production, execution and integration of key technologies and features necessary to support the service components of a new game based on an existing, successful Microsoft Studios IP.”
This has the rumor mill churning a bit. Microsoft has a relatively deep pool of first party IPs to choose from, but what one would translate best into a F2P environment? Halo comes to mind due to its heavy multiplayer focus. Successful F2P games almost always have a competetive aspect and tons of visual customization options. But that guess is far too rational and grounded to be true.
My money is on Perfect Dark. Microsoft hasn’t lost interest in the IP. In fact, the title was published to the XBLA back in 2010. It’s possible Rare has been in production on a next-gen version of the game, but who knows?
What’s your guess? What Microsoft IP would you want as a F2P title on the Xbox? The job posting doesn’t specify if we’re looking at Xbox 360 or Xbox One, so you decide.
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