Sega said in an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu that Initial D: Perfect Shift Online won’t be its last free-to-play title.
Famitsu spoke with Sega’s chief creative officer, Toshihiro Nagoshi, about the company’s plans, in an interview translated by Siliconera.
Nagoshi said that the company has “had success with titles like Samurai & Dragons, and it’s become an age where we’re seeing all kinds of different F2P games. Even for home console games, it has become normal to simply download them.”
The 3DS isn’t a random choice, either. Nagoshi explains that, after the smartphone, the 3DS is the most widely used handheld device in Japan. Nagoshi acknowledges that the 3DS demographic skews younger than other handheld devices, but says that he wants to try to make it work. I’ll agree that the 3DS does generally have a younger userbase, but there are plenty of adults out there even in the U.S. with a clamshell handheld in their bag.
I’m looking forward to seeing more experiments from Sega, seeing how they turn out, and whether any of them make the jump to the American eShop.