The “free-to-play” model for many online games, most notably MMO titles, has become popular with both developers and gamers alike, allowing the games to be played by more people while still generating revenue through other means, such as in-game advertising and in-game items that can be purchased. Nexon, a Japanese developer of online games, has been successful in the Asian markets with their free-to-play MMO titles, however they have yet to replicate that success in the North America. This could change thanks to an agreement between Nexon America and Valve to bring some of their titles to the Steam platform.
The first game to hit the Steam service will be Vindictus, a hack ‘n slash MMORPG that was first released in 2010 and has proven highly successful in places like China and Korea thanks to it being free-to-play and including an in-game store where players can purchase additional abilities and appearance augments. Vindictus is available now. Another game scheduled to be released on Steam this summer is Dungeon Fighter Online, a game we previously covered during E3 2012 when it was announced for release on the Xbox Live Arcade, and Nexon’s online first-person shooter Combat Arms, which will also be available soon. As of this writing, these are the only confirmed titles, with others expected to be announced at a later date.
Steam first introduced their free-to-play channel in June 2011 and the current roster currently boasts almost 30 titles, with more on the way. A great initiative, the channel does not require a credit card or even a Steam subscription, however you can utilize the “Steam Wallet” by adding funds to it, which will allow you to make in-game purchases if you wish to do so. The games from Nexon will also benefit from this payment system, as well as ongoing support for the games via patches, updates and additions that Steam provides for many of their games. The popularity and sizable community will also help these games reach a wider audience and hopefully expand on the success that Nexon has enjoyed in the Asian markets.
The games released by Nexon America for Steam will be available to members in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
via[Game Industry News]