Gameindustry.biz had a sit down with CCP Games’ CEO, Hilmar Veigar Petursson, and he revealed that Dust 514, a PlayStation 3 first-person shooter exclusive that interacts with the PC’s EvE Online, will have a “cover charge” to enter the game. He explains,
“In the beginning you have to pre-buy credits, so you pay something like $10-$20 to enter the game, and you get the equivalent number of credits in the game once you do that. We call this the ‘cover charge’.”
He goes on to explain that this is a way to initially control the launch of the game, and they will probably go true free to play on PSN at some point after launch.
Is this a good idea? Will potential players be turned off by this “cover charge”? It’s hard to say, but it’s worth paying attention to, as many publishers seem to be coming up with their own clever ways to garnish initial profits.