Trials Frontier dev hopes to attract more players with free-to-play

RedLynx's Tero Virtala explains why the upcoming Trials Frontier is being released as a free-to-play game.

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Ubisoft and RedLynx are taking Trials into the mobile realm with Trials Frontier, releasing it as a free-to-play game. Developer RedLynx's Tero Virtala explains the idea behind this decision, saying that he hopes the low barrier of entry will entice more players to give Frontier a trial run.

"We want a lot of players to play this game, and people are more likely to give Trials a try if it doesn't cost them to test it out," Virtala told Eurogamer. "More players means more competition on the leaderboards, more players able to participate in local and live events, to create and share user-generated content."

According to a Digital Spy post, Trials Frontier will utilize a fuel system to initially limit sessions, though players can purchase more fuel with in-game currency or actual money, with designer Justin Swan assuring players that everything in the game can be purchased with the former.

Trials Frontier was one of two Trials games revealed at E3, with Trials Fusion announced for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Xbox 360. Frontier is set to arrive on iOS and Android before the end of 2013.

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