Microsoft, Sony pushing F2P for next-gen, says Epic VP

Both Sony and Microsoft are hopping aboard the free-to-play models in the next generation, according to Epic Games VP Mark Rein. Speaking at the UK's Game Horizon conference, Rein said that the two companies are both actively courting developers with talk of F2P models and in-app purchases.

"The next-gen consoles are going to be fully embracing the free-to-play and these IAP-type business models," Rein said, according to Joystiq. "So in case you don't know that I'm putting that out there. Sony and Microsoft are both going heavily in that area." Asked for evidence, Rein said, "I'm telling you what they're telling developers."

Sony's move into F2P isn't surprising, as it already supports some like Dust 514 on the PlayStation 3. This month's issue of Game Informer also reveals that Sony itself is working on a F2P title, and we recently learned that Blacklight Retribution will be free-to-play on the PlayStation 4. Microsoft's F2P plans are more mysterious, but that might change after it officially announces the next Xbox on May 21.