Recently we reported about Happy Wars, an online free to play brawler game exclusive to Gold members. Apart from that we also have Ascend: New Gods, an action RPG which is also free to play for the Gold members. These two games will not be the only one. As Microsoft has announced that they plan to bring in multiple games exclusive to their Gold members.
Talking with OXM, a Microsoft spokesperson said:
We’re always looking at ways to push the boundaries of the console and our digital platform. 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.
The free-to-play model and games experiences will be available to all Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers, 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.
This whole step actually brings a new meaning to being a Gold subscriber for the Xbox 360.