Nexon Korea has entered into a game development and publishing agreement with Electronic Arts to bring the FPS Titanfall to Asia. Although this is not mentioned in the official press release, no doubt - Titanfall will be free-to-play.
Set in the future, Titanfall impresses with its thrilling and dynamic multiplayer gameplay featuring elite assault pilots and agile, heavily armored 24-foot tall titans. The action is rapid and varied — featuring parkour-style wall running and massive double jumps. Titanfall features various challenging game modes.
Nexon Korea has a made vast experiences in adapting big Western brand titles to the Asian market, also by developing additional features to the original source and by including a free-to-play mechanism with premium items. In the past they converted successfully buy-to-play games such as Counter-Strike Online and EA's FIFA. The latter is currently the no. 1 online sports game in Korea and has proven to be commercially successful as free-to-play version.
Titanfall will be Nexon's third collaboration with EA and the first with the original developer Respawn Entertainment.
Quoting Ownen Mahoney, Nexon's CEO: “With its pilot vs. titan gameplay, among other innovations, Titanfall is a uniquely intense game experience. We look forward to working with the talented teams at Respawn and EA and leveraging Nexon’s free-to-play expertise to deliver a new and engaging online game based on Titanfall to the Asian market,”.
Nexon is solely active in the free-to-play MMO and mobile markets and Asian gamers don't spend money on boxed games, Titanfall will come as free-to-play to Asia, starting in Korea probably by end of next year - if not later. Nexon publishes operates directly in Japan and Korea and through partnerships in China, Taiwan, South-East Asia.
Titanfall - Free the Frontier - Gamescom 2014 Trailer