Article published on Saturday, March 26th, 2011
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Nexon is a game company renowned for its free-to-play revolution in America and publishing online games that are free to online gamers. Nexon announced that their free-to-play MORPG Dungeon Fighter Online will be heading to the Xbox LIVE Arcade and that it was too early to talk about how the Xbox version of the game will work. Dungeon Fighter Online is one of the most successful MORPGs in the world with over 200 million registered users world wide. However, don’t be too optimistic! Microsoft clarified to the public more recently that their free-to-play game title won’t be free-to-play like many followers thought. A Microsoft representative stated, "Dungeon Fighter Online will be a paid XBLA title with online multiplayer features."

This is a good example of why THQ urged console giants to embrace the F2P model earlier this month.

Microsoft hinted that the game might not be a MMO either but Nexon has stated that it will keep its MORPG form. There are speculations that the servers will not be connected together and that there will be a cash shop on top of the download fee. This could be a big upset to gamers who have enjoyed the free PC version, but isn’t surprising coming from Microsoft. Either way free-to-play games on the Xbox 360 wouldn’t be exactly free-to-play because gamers already have to pay a fee to log into Xbox LIVE. The free-to-play business model just doesn’t work with the Xbox 360. Should F2P game companies look at other options like the Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii?

Microsoft has cancelled many MMOs in the past for the Xbox 360 including Mabinogi (another free-to-play MMO title from Nexon) and Marvel Universe Online. The problem with Mabinogi on the Xbox 360 wasn’t the development side of the game but the publishing side. DevCat and Nexon wanted to publish the game as a F2P game with client downloads and cash items, but Microsoft disputed with that proposal.

We are hoping to see more free-to-play game titles make their way onto gaming consoles but not by taking away the business model that made it successful in the first place.

Which console giant do you think will be the first to step up and truly start embracing the free-to-play market?