Starbreeze, the developer of The Riddick videogame franchise as well as the recently-released Syndicate reboot, has expressed interest in joining the free-to-play (F2P) gaming sector.
This comes after the studio suffered a downsizing after the release of Syndicate – a project they made for publisher Electronic Arts.
The Swedish studio’s upcoming F2P game will be called Cold Mercury – aside from the title, no other details were revealed. In saying this, Mikael Nermark, CEO of Starbreeze, has allayed fan concerns by saying, “”Starbreeze will not leave the AAA segment.”
Starbreeze is also looking for a distribution deal for P13, a game they’re developing with help from Swedish movie director Josef Fares.
“We are discussing with several leading game publisher on publisher financed games, but we will broaden our product portfolio of games in the new business models and segments that have arisen in the games industry. I am convinced that Starbreeze will be successful with the new games,”
It’s no secret that the F2P market is getting bigger and bigger. It’s just surprising when a development studio that’s used to doing Triple A games are switching from making those to F2P games. Of course, it’s quite understandable as F2P games have smaller budgets – and in turn, have smaller risks.
We’ll post more news on Cold Mercury as it becomes available.