WannaLogAlready wrote on May 14, 2020, 20:25:
Rilcon wrote on May 14, 2020, 20:07:
ventry wrote on May 14, 2020, 19:42:
Well that's awful generous of them.
Is Epic throwing some sort of cash at RockStar for this or is RockStar also in bed providing this for free?
Rockstar makes mad cash out of GTA Online, so the more people that have a chance of stumbling into the online the better. They'd make GTAV "free to play" if not for the fear it'd devalue the GTA brand name.
No developer will give its last game, still selling famously and for the foreseeable future, free. Dumbest bussiness decision.
Rest assured, Rockstar *is* getting something from Epic.
Be it money for each GTA5 downloaded, fixed global amount, or variations, or the use of the new Unreal 5 engine for free for a time.
Or a stellar cheap deal for publishing their next game, etc.
If Rockstar wanted the game to get to the most people free, getting nothing for it, they would have picked Steam, obviously.
Their last game was Red Dead 2. What they make from retail sales is negligible compared to what they make with "GaaS"; the upfront cost is the biggest thing impeding user acquisition. Making it free for a limited time will make them far more money in the long run than just continuing normal sales for the same period even if they were paying Epic $2 per user that downloads the game.
As for why Epic and not Steam, shrug. Probably too many people that bought it on Steam that would be pissed at it suddenly being made free, plus it's easier for people to believe Epic dropped a cold billion or something for the privilege of hosting a 3rd party F2P MMO launcher. I doubt Epic paid all that much for this in actual cash.