Killzone 3 goes free-to-play

The mutiplayer modes of Guerrilla‘s stellar FPS, Killzone 3, have gone free-to-play. Well, up to a certain level cap at least.

From next week, you can download the online portion of the Sony exclusive on the PSN, with all of the maps and DLC unlocked. Once you reach the rank of Sergeant I, it’ll cost you $15 to keep on playing. No price outside of the US has been announced as of yet. For those trophy hunters out there, you won’t be able to achieve them in the trail version.

The developer also explained some little extras you receive when you upgrade to the premium version:

“Doing so will net you a 24-hour double XP bonus, 3 free unlock points, the ability to set up clans and custom games, and access to the Botzone mode to help hone your combat skills.”

What about the people who already own Killzone 3? Well there’s some love thrown your way too. From Friday March 2nd – Monday March 5th, you’ll be able to earn double XP in all matches. This is not available in the free-to-play version.

As for the overall idea of games being split up into chunks, I personally think it’s a very exciting step. Fight Night tried to lead the way a few months back, by offering the main single player story for $5, with the ability to purchase other modes if you want them. Having these ‘customisable’ games could well be the future of gaming – especially as we move toward digital distribution.

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Sub-Editor.

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  • I haven’t checked the US stores, but in UK you can buy new Killzone 3 on Amazon for £15. If you’re OK with pre-owned, you can get it under £10.. And you end up having real disc, that can be sold or borrowed later on, and yeah you can also play singleplayer.

    I like the idea of games being split up into chunks as well, but the prices have to be competitive, otherwise nobody will buy it..

    • I agree, and 90% still buy my games on disc due to the great prices. For this particular case though, you can try out the online for free, which is fantastic. Overall, I’d say the idea of buying games in segments is probably better for new titles, when the prices are still high. 
      For example, I almost certainly won’y buy the next Battlefield/Call of Duty game straight away, as it just wouldn’t be worth the £40 for me personally. However, if there was the option to buy the online mode for £20, then I may well go for it. 
      I’m not saying that’s going to happen, just giving a hypothetical example of how the system could work if it was in place.

      • Yeah, I agree it’s great way to attract new players if they can try it for free first.

  • Tom

    Will it include private matches?

  • I feel sorry for the people who bought the game full price when it came out, then bought all of the DLCs. They must feel badly ripped off seeing as here you can get the full multiplayer game and all DLCs for $15 and the single player has been said to be sub par anyways.

    • Early adopters/buyers should always expect paying more.

      BTW single player was great IMO.