i recognized so many failed posts about the F2P Genre. Ppl just dont watch the game itself they just see a F2P and judge the games to be awful and pircey on longterms to remain playing the game.
In general you need to split the term F2P. Cause the F2P genre has a great variety due to facebook related f2p games and the huge moorpg genre.
First of all what is Free to play. Free to play are games called there you can download the game for free and you need no costs to play the game.
The Name was Build through the first Free To Play Games either Browsergames which hadnt a client or massive online roleplaying games. Due its a growing rentable market the genres which have f2p evolved. You see many f2p fps or strategy games in latest time.
Why do ppl judge f2p generally. Mostly those comments come from ppl who played p2p games. Ok i can understand that they need to judge games wich offer the same content for free as the game they play with a monthly subscription.
1) Rumor 1 : f2p games are not worth playing (bad technique, no updates)
This isnt true at all i tried many f2p games to find the one fitting for my play and i play my game now for 2,5 years. The Engine might not be the state of the art but honestly you aint playing a moorpg for the grafical details more for the value the game offers you so the state of the art engine isnt needed at all. Second Points no Updates. Strange thing i seen regulary updates often more frequented in f2p games then on its p2p game clones like wow and such. More frequently and with a countable new amount of game stuff.
2) Rumor 2 : f2p is a lie, you need to p2p to be able to compete with other players or you can play the game. Well there is a slightly point in that rumor but only a slightly. You need to variate some f2p games here and the shemes which are behind them.
2.1) The Free Free to play games: Free Games with an Item Mall. Either Browser of roleplay games created this genre you can buy stuff in an item mall to advance faster in the games or to get a visual benefit get the newest cloth for your char and so on BUT not limited in the game mechanics. I play such a game i reached lvl 149 of 150 and i never used the item mall i can buy all stuff i want or need ingame with ingame gold just need to invest some more time on grinding then the ppl which buy stuff in the item mall.
2.2) Limited f2p. Mostly p2p games which didnt succeded in the past caused by too less subscriptions. Mostly you can see a limited f2p game here you can play the game but get limitations such as limited inventory space limited classes or such. Those games can be a hidden p2p cause normally at some point you can either play for fun and dont advance or are forced to pay to keep at least some stuff in your inventory but still those games are on 90% failed p2p games and the most f2p games dont follow that sheme.
In my opinion the former p2p games need to follow sheme 2.2 or they would lost in there eyes the last subscribers they got. But on longterm this wont be the right choice. Another way would be to benefit subcribers but not to limited none subscribers. If there way had worked the game hadnt went f2p.
Im a old gamer and for me im simply not willing to pay a monthly subscription on a game as good as it may be i can get plenty of other gameing fun with more variety if i spent that money in other ways (old games or new ones, if you compare playing 1 year wow for example or getting 12 games hhm there isnt really a need to choice for me ^^)
Now the genre f2p will see many changes cause the main developers realized p2p has no future cause the f2p genre is too good so they would either put massive work in there product to outstand them (which wouldnt be rentable) or accept that there is no real difference.
Well ok you also see same products from different firms in supermarkets for different prices. There is always a market for anything so subscribers wont die on longterm but it wont be the cashcow market they used to have in the past 5 years.
Now even crytek and other teams already said or will say under the hand that f2p is the future. So how will our f2p future will be. In my opinion it will be the 2.1 way cause all other forms of f2p will die during the war about the customers who want to spend money.
^^ somehow i lost the point at this point so i would resume fast. Dont judge a title cause its f2p, look at it, try it then judge. And f2p isnt f2p but i hope that will change in the future. =D