During the recent Investor and Analyst presentation, Nintendo revealed that it had a free-to-play game in the works which was to debut before the end of this year.
Since nothing much was known about that said project, it was being speculated whether the new model for publishing would be experimented on traditional Nintendo franchises like Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Pikmen, Animal Crossing or something new.
This E3, Nintendo executive Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that the free-to-play project is in fact Steel Diver.
While most would believe that Nintendo would just be content in porting the EDS version of the game for home consoles with its debut foray into this publishing model, Miyamoto revealed that the company was looking to change the design of the game for the free-to-play model.
“There is something we’re doing with the Steel Diver idea that I think is going to open things up with that game… It’s going to be very fun. We’re exploring from a perspective of where we can take that from a multiplayer standpoint – it’s going to have this four-player battle mode that I think is going to be very interesting,”
However, the precise design choices and the exact method of player transactions involved in the free-to-play model have not been decided upon as the team at Nintendo are stilling looking into how to balance to the new pricing model with respect to gameplay elements to improve entertainment value for the consumers.
“It’s something that we’re hoping to be able to show relatively soon,” Miyamoto concluded.
So while the name of Nintendo’s venture into free-to-play genre has been revealed not much else is known about the game, including its intended platform or the release date.