Microsoft have reaffirmed their commitment to free-to-play, detailing twtwo releases that will explore the potential of F2P on a home console in a pilot program that will begin with the release of Happy Wars in September, and continue with Ascend: New Gods a month or two later.
"We're always looking at ways to push the boundaries of the console and our digital platform," a Microsoft spokesperson explained to OXM. "Bringing true free-to-play gaming experiences to Xbox 360 is a natural extension of that.
"With the ongoing success of the model on PC, and the interest from both our consumers and our partners looking to explore this system on console, it simply made sense to deliver this experience through great games that would take advantage of it.
"In this pilot program, Microsoft Studios will support free-to-play gaming with Happy Wars, due out in September, as well as the recently announced game Ascend: New Gods which will ship in several months."
Of course, you'll have to cough up some money for the privilege of engaging in this free-to-play goodness, with the Xbox 360 not permitted online multiplayer unless you have an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription. Microtransactions will be handled via the MS Points system.
"The free-to-play model and games experiences will be available to all Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers," stated the rep, "as many of the games planned will be multiplayer games by nature (an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription is required for multiplayer gaming). The games that use the free-to-play mechanic will leverage the Microsoft Points system."
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