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Nintendo expresses interest in free-to-play model for new IP

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Free-to-play gaming models, for both established and new IPs, are appearing more and more within the gaming world.  Now, industry powerhouse, Nintendo, has expressed interest in utilizing the free-to-play model for a new IP.

Speaking with Japanese paper Nikkei, Nintendo company head Satoru Iwata shared his thoughts on the free-to-play model (for a full transcription of Iwata’s statements, click here).

“Therefore, I have no intention of denying charged [DLC? subscription?] games, or the free-to-play model. If we were to talk about if Nintendo were to do that, however, I do not much inclination to do that with Nintendo’s established well-known products, where people trust their interesting-ness.”

“For new titles with no established base, if, in the process of development, we found it to suit the free-to-play model, we might follow that route…”

Nintendo is not the first developer to express interest in the free-to-play model.  Electronic Arts has suggested that the free-to-play model is an “inevitability,” and Crytek previously revealed that all future games will be free-to-play.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Will Show Unexplored Stories of Secondary Characters

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The luminary creator of the Dragon Ball manga, Akira Toriyama, shared new information about the upcoming action RPG, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.

Via the Bandai Namco Twitter account, Toriyama revealed that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will depict the backstories of several secondary protagonists. This means that the game will diverge from the story of the manga and give greater insight into Dragon Ball‘s many supporting characters. While a plethora of games depict the events of the Dragon Ball franchise, only a few of them meaningfully expand upon the story’s events, characters, and world.

Toriyama describes Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot as a “fresh new take on the franchise.” Even though Toriyama rarely contributes to Dragon Ball games, he did create much of the lore in the now-defunct MMO Dragon Ball Online, which heavily influenced the story of the Dragon Ball Xenoverse games. While not much information is available about Kakarot and Toriyama’s involvement at this time, the title does have an early 2020 release date and a fishing mechanic.

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