“Free-to-play equivalent of Skyrim” in two years — Ngmoco

Don’t be surprised if games equal in quality to Bethesda’s 2011 smash The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be released as free-to-play titles in a few years time; that’s the wild prediction of Ngmoco Sweden exec Ben Cousins.

Speaking at the inaugural Free to Play Summit in London, Cousins predicted that big-budget, single-player, story-driven games will inevitably join the free-to-play arena and will be monetized through a wide offering of in-game items.

“I am totally 100 per cent confident – I will bet large amounts of money – that we will have, in the next few years, a free-to-play equivalent of Skyrim,” Cousins asserts.

“A game like Skyrim, where you accrue skills and equipment over time, that you can play for hundreds of hours, is actually one of the easiest games to develop for a free-to-play model. That would be a big hit.

“In the future I believe free-to-play will be the way that nearly everyone plays games, it will be nearly every genre, and it will be nearly every platform.”

Not that anyone would mind playing games like Skyrim for free and only pay for things they want to use but.. this sounds almost too wild, no?