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Android Central

Some great news has emerged for those eagerly awaiting the arrival of the latest in the Real Racing series, Real Racing 3. The title now has a release date, and a price. The so far stunning looking title will be dropping into Google Play on Feb. 28 and will be a completely free download. 

That's right, Real Racing 3 will be a freemium title. Knowing that would be met with mixed reaction, the developers, Firemonkeys, made a statement regarding the decision:

Today we announced Real Racing 3 will be free. And yes, Real Racing 3 was designed from the ground up to be a free to play experience. 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. 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. We plan to continue to add more free and exciting content with every update.

Doesn't sound all that scary, and being free to download will potentially drive higher initial download figures. In any case,  we're looking forward to this one a lot, and thankfully we only have a couple more weeks to wait. 

Source: Firemonkeys via Facebook

 
There are 6 comments

meyerweb says:

"Free to download" and "Free" are not synonyms. What is the price model for this? Can you pay one price to unlock all content, or are they going to demand more and more money for each new feature or level?

Most of these "freemium" apps cost far more than those apps you just pay $4 or $5 for up front. The Android audience should just say "no" to this pricing model. I suspect AC would be a lot less popular if the first 10 posts were free, but every 10 posts after that cost another dollar. Or ten.

l00natic71 says:

I'm with you. It's near impossible to tell how much a fremium game will cost to complete. Some you can finish the game without making a purchase, some you must make some purchases. Some games you must make multiple purchase to buy the developers "currency" that you end up wit left over credits, because some only sell credits in blocks. I guess we'll have to DL the game and play to see how far you can make it for free. Though,multiplayer games tend to have the best replay value, since it varies depending on your opponent.

toddjy says:

46 licensed vehicles? Sounds like it's free because it's an advertisement for the featured auto lines. First thing I noticed in the picture was "Nissan"!

odd1ne says:

I carn't stand freemium, cause it will cost more...I paid £3.69 for RR2 and got everything, say if they charge 70p a car (which wouldn't surprise me) and there 46 of them its going to end up costing more than a 360 game.

I will be playing for as long as it stays free. When payment becomes necessary is when the game is over no matter where I find myself in the game. And I will not have a problem with that.

moedin says:

I agree completely with you Dave. I will drop it the moment a paid "whatever" is required to remain competitive. If I can race free and compete with people who purchase then I'm excited!