Posted By Shaun K. about 5 months, 3 weeks ago
On last week’s Thumb Wars I mentioned how I thought Sony would not implement a pay gate for online multiplayer, if for no other reason than it would clash with their announcement of DCU Online and Planetside 2 coming to PS4 as free-to-play titles. As it turns out, I was wrong on the first count and the PS4 will indeed require a PlayStation Plus subscription in order to play games online. However, that still left the aforementioned issue of free-to-play games and Sony has now addressed their plans for these types of games definitively.
Sony has confirmed that the requirement for a PS Plus subscription in terms of free-to-play games will be left up to the publisher of the game in question. Furthermore, in interviews with the website Polygon, developers for both DCU Online and Planetside 2 stated that their respective games will be available to play for all PS4 players including those without a PS Plus subscription. This news was then addressed by Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, who outright stated that “As far as free-to-play games are concerned, it’s a publisher’s decision whether they put it inside or outside of the PlayStation Plus requirements.” Yoshida also mentioned that two other recently announced PS4 free-to-play games, Zombie Studios’ Blacklight: Retribution and Digital Extremes’ Warframe, will also be forgoing the PS Plus requirement as well.
Finally, as a quick aside, both of the aforementioned developers also addressed, among other things, how the PS4 versions of their games will function with their counterparts on other consoles. In the case of Planetside 2, the PS4 and PC versions of the game will not interact directly owing to the needs and limitations of the FPS genre. However, the PS4 version of the game will be identical in terms of content to its PC version and will even support mouse and keyboard as a control option. Meanwhile, DCU Online on PS4 will co-exist with the PS3 version of the game and players from both version will be able to play together. The PS4 DCU Online will also see a vastly improved frame rate and texture fidelity and interface changes implemented in an attempt to reduce clutter. Said changes will incidentally also be applied to the PC and PS3 versions of the game in time as well. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumb for continuing coverage of E3 2013 and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.