Real Racing 3 will be free-to-play

EA and FireMonkeys are bracing for backlash following the announcement that upcoming release, Real Racing 3 will be free-to-play when it launches on February 28th. The move has been designed to draw in a greater number of mobile gamers, but long-time fans of the franchise are feeling a little bit upset.

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Sam Mayo, spokesperson for FireMonkeys explains via the game’s official forums that the free-to-play decision was made a long time ago, and the game has been designed and developed with that in mind:

We are so excited about this game and wanted it to be accessible to everyone so we didn’t want there to be any barriers to entry.

This accessibility is also what drives the awesome new Time Shifted Multiplayer feature, in that you can play competitive multiplayer with anyone any time, and they don’t need to be online with you at the same time.

Real Racing 3 will join The Sims: Freeplay and The Simpsons: Tapped Out on mobile devices, with all three games featuring (optional) in-app purchases instead of an up-front fee.

Mayo explains that FireMonkeys plans to add “more free and exciting content” with every update for Real Racing 3, but keeps quiet on just what will be available in-game for real-world money.

Without any additional purchases, fans are given a robust, fully-featured game straight out of the box, says Mayo:

At launch we have 46 licensed vehicles covering 3 classes, a 22 car grid, real world tracks, 8 varied event types and 900+ events. This means hundreds of hours of gameplay for free making this one of the most expansive games ever on mobile.

…and that’s expansive, not expensive.

More details on Real Racing 3 are headed our way in the next couple of weeks, before the game hits iOS and Android devices on February 28th.

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