Update: Real Racing 3 has been released way ahead of its release date. You can download it from the App Store for iOS or from the Play Store for Android.
Real Racing 3 developer FireMonkeys has decided that the next instalment of its very popular racing series is going to be free-to-play under publisher EA. That obviously means micro transactions will be included as EA does with its games,and it’s got fans upset.
The game will start melting rubber on February 28th, and following a the free-to-play announcement, FireMonkeys’ studio’s Sam Mayo has spoken with fans on the developer’s official forum about the change. “We are so excited about this game”, he said, “and wanted it to be accessible to everyone so we didn’t want there to be any barriers to entry.”
He says that the decision to go ‘freemium’ was made from the first day and is integral to the experience, presumably due to the integration of in-app purchases. However, there will also be free post-launch content as well, so it won’t all be paid.
The game has a lot of content out of the box, Mayo stated, “At launch we have 46 licensed vehicles covering 3 classes, a 22 car grid, real world tracks, 8 varied event types and 900+ events. This means hundreds of hours of gameplay for free making this one of the most expansive games ever on mobile.”
What is your opinion about this decision? Should the game remain free to play or should it be a premium game? Share your thoughts in the comments below.