Namco Bandai is going on a massive tear through the free-to-play game space and not looking back. SoulCalibur: Lost Swords is the latest from the company to be announced as a free-to-play exclusively for the PlayStation 3, as reported by Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.
In the meantime, the game joins fellow Namco Bandai franchises Tekken Revolution, Ridge Racer Driftopia, and Ace Combat Infinity in the company’s newest business model. Tekken Revolution is the only game to have been released yet, and it seems to be doing well after just receiving its first update.
SoulCalibur: Lost Sword‘s timing comes as a little surprising seeing as Namco Bandai already has a more popular fighting series available as free-to-play, and it also just recently announced SoulCalibur II HD Online. Having three similar games competing against each other on a digital front might not seem like the best idea, but when they are free, there is a low risk incentive to check out the rest of the company’s library.
I just started downloading Tekken Revolution at the announcement of SoulCalibur: Lost Swords, and I’m not even a Tekken fan. Perhaps that’s what they wanted.
What’s the next Namco Bandai series to become free-to-play do you think? Not much left besides Tales or Dark Souls, but they don’t especially lend themselves well to the payment model. That is, unless, you don’t mind paying for gear and level ups.