Developer: Free-to-play on Xbox 360 "inevitable"

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The free-to-play model has taken the PC gaming world by storm recently with titles like City of Heroes and World of Warcraft hopping on board. The Xbox 360 won’t be too far behind according to one developer.

Todd Harris, COO at Hi-Rez Studios, is currently working on Tribes: Ascend, a free-to-play game for both the PC and 360.

According to Harris, Microsoft understands the industry trends and is planning to be more lenient when it comes to Xbox Live rules and regulations.

"They’re [Microsoft] seeing where the industry is going," he explained. "It’s inevitable that Microsoft will move towards that because the industry is moving towards that, and once that groundwork has been laid we would be in a better position to consider Tribes: Ascend for Xbox."

Xbox Senior Product Manager David Dennis was asked about more free-to-play games coming to the 360, and he didn’t rule out the possibility.

"We’re always looking at different models and different ways we can work with partners to bring content out," he said.

Just last month it was reported that Microsoft is in talks with multiple developers about bringing the free-to-play model to the 360. It won’t be too surprising if the company does decide to go that route in the very near future.



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