That is an interesting development: EA included the first free-to-play game from a third-party publisher on its direct-to-consumer gaming platform. The f2p FPS CrossFire is now available on EA's Origin.
The publishers SG Interactive and G4BOX striked the deal with EA. Is this the beginning of Origin becoming a major free-to-play gaming platform for third party publishers in the future? A first step to compete against Valve's growing f2p section on Steam?
From the official press release:
"In today's gaming economy, it is rare to see a game succeed without multiple entries into the market, and finding outlets that share our vision of global support are hard to find," said Jungsoo Lee, vice president of live production for SG Interactive. "Origin allows us to showcase CrossFire to a brand new community of gamers, adding to our 4.2 million user base and opening up to us a world that may not have otherwise known about CrossFire."
Origin offers fast and safe game downloads for more than 500 PC titles from EA and other leading game developers. In addition, Origin features provide a more dynamic and convenient play experience for the gamer. Beyond the fast download capability, automatic log-in and built-in customer service, Origin in-game overlay and chat features make for a livelier gameplay environment, and cloud saves let gamers save and continue games from any computer, anytime, anywhere. For more information about Origin, please visit http://www.origin.com.
CrossFire & CrossFire Europe are regional versions of the same fast-paced military-themed combat online action game, pitting two competing mercenary forces, the Global Risk and the Black List, against each other in a war-torn world. Players can choose from a massive armory of realistic firearms, explosives, hand-to-hand weapons and personal body armor used by military forces worldwide. Single and unit-based combat scenarios and location-specific damage combined with popular movie culture create adrenaline-fueled action-packed battles in 10 different gameplay modes including Free-for-All, Escape, Hero, Team Death Match, Elimination, and Search and Destroy. Developed by SmileGate, CrossFire is the largest first-person online shooter in the world with more than 4.2 million concurrent users globally. To get up-to-date information on CrossFire's Community and Fan Pages, check out the official sites.