Sega planning more free-to-play 3DS games

By Steve Watts, Dec 30, 2013 7:30am PST

Sega is preparing its first free-to-play game on the 3DS, but doesn't plan to stop there. The company is planning to release the F2P racer Initial D: Perfect Shift Online this winter in Japan, based on the manga series by Shuuichi Shigeno. But Sega producer Toshihiro Nagoshi says they are already considering other F2P options moving forward.

"We don't intend to stop with this title, and after looking over its results, we'll think about what to do next," Nagoshi told Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Siliconera). "However, unlike games for smartphones, I believe there's a perfect shape of ways to do things, somewhere out there, for the Nintendo 3DS. I believe that finding it will be our challenge, and in many ways, Initial D will be our first step."

As for future titles, Nagoshi says he is mulling them over. "At the moment, I can say that we've been thinking about plenty of things. We have suggestions amongst ourselves like 'wouldn’t this be a perfect game for a F2P title on Nintendo 3DS' and many more. So when the time comes to talk about it... we'll just leave it at that for now."

He says that F2P needs a wide audience, and the 3DS is easily the second most popular handheld device in Japan next to smartphones. He also says the market on 3DS is different, and that might lead to "unexpected results," but he's curious to experiment on the platform and see what happens. Sega chose a racing game first, because it "can be played lightheartedly with replay value."

Sega has not announced plans for a western release of Initial D, and naturally any F2P games that follow may not come to the states.

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