Could Half-Life 3 be a Freemium game?
Valve has a history of surprising us, most recently they f%^ked with Half-Life and destroyed a lot of people’s work and stopped a lot of mods from working.
Okay, that was perhaps a bad example, because most of the time, they are good surprises.
I can easily imagine a HL3 meeting where all sort sof ideas are suggested, discussed, laughed at and then voted on. Why not this one?
Can you imagine the huge press they would get if they announced HL3 would be free?! It would be everywhere, even on the non-traditional websites and news outlets.
That alone might be worth it for Valve.
But, and here is the kicker, how would they make money? From selling stuff in the games of course. No, not hats, but definitely weapons, suits with special abilities, all sorts of things.
Yes, I know it’s a single player game and that sort of stuff hasn’t been done before (at least to my knowledge, which I readily admit is not very extensive) but if anybody can do it Valve can.
I’m open to new ideas and if it was implemented fairly and openly, then I say let’s give it a try. I might even buy some things myself.
I can certainly see the idea of purchasing items for friends and family a cool thing.
Besides, talking about whether it’s possible, lets see if we can figure out what sort of items could be sold or how it could work.