EA is doing some preview events today for the upcoming Real Racing 3 and both Jared and his magnificent beard will be (hopefully) getting some hands on time later this evening. In the meantime though, many details are leaking out from all over the place. First we got word that Firemonkeys is releasing the game on the 28th, which I can only assume was intentional as a birthday present to me. Now, Bloomberg is reporting that Real Racing 3 will be free to play. It's not that surprising, especially following the incredibly reasonable logic laid out by 148apps' Jeff Scott in that the App Store is just in a state where people are now incredibly reluctant to even spend 99¢, much less the "premium" price asked for the previous Real Racing titles.

I have a feeling the comments of this story are going to be legendary, so, I'm going to return to my fallout shelter now to weather the storm.

UPDATE: Firemonkeys Sam just posted the following to our forums:

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.

  • Doctorossi

    And let the internet... EXPLODE!

  • nam009

    Free to play... And EA ? Wow ! We are doomed !!!!

    • wingz

      Oh $%#^

    • ConceptNormal

      EA is just so excited and wanted no one to miss the oppurtunity to play this... I'm sure it had absolutely nothing to do with suckering in even more people to play a next gen game and in the long run make even more lucrative sales!

  • http://twitter.com/nuno2k nuno lourenco

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • B3nlok

      Come on, you should be happy.Aren't you the guy who spams with the usual "drop to 0.99$ or GTFO"?

      • http://twitter.com/nuno2k nuno lourenco

        yes ,i am :) take this ----> Jump and Fly is FREE now

      • toxiccheese

        Since we have no information on IAP or ads yet, I think we should wait and see how it will be handled. If its reasonable and I end up having to spend $6 or more real world dollars, then I have no problem. That's about the same amount I would have spent to buy it anyway.

      • ConceptNormal

        I'm pretty sure that day is arguably today...

      • B3nlok

        Language Barrier. I meant "the day when premium games no longer exists on Appstore"
        I just cant avoid english mistakes. :<

  • King Random

    This is just totally AWESOME! news.

    Like if u wish all games were like this!

    • http://www.facebook.com/inverse.chia Inverse Chia

      I can always downvote this statement, you know!

      • naturalucka

        How do you downvote, FFS?

  • maniacfive

    Now come on guys, lets not judge yet, just because its Free-to-play doesn't mean it'll be a cash grab. This is EA we're talking about....

    HA HAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! No but seriously. I'm out. What the hell makes them think that a serious racer needs to be free to play is beyond me. But EA are only in the industry to min-max profit from their customers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Smith/100003406751826 Jon Smith

      Well they have minimized their profit from me to zero, I flat out refuse to give them any money anymore, not one penny.

      • 12yam

        Ya cuz they're totally evil and deserve to rot in hell.

      • darksidedanger

        Yes

  • Krautboy

    I can't say i'm really suprised but this is very,very sad news. Ofcourse i don't know how the pricing model will be but i fear the worst. We'll find out soon enough i guesss. Real bummer.

  • Thankyousteve

    Wow, another franchise destroyed by EA

    • Greyskull

      Yup. Thank EA for buying Firemint. And Bioware. And...well, I'de have to wiki to add more ;).

      • KenGriffeyIII

        Popcap was a big one. I don't know if they've released anything since EA bought them though.

      • nini

        They did release Bejeweled Blitz

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Buckingham/518019273 Will Buckingham

        Blitz was already in the original app, but then they split it off into two apps shortly after being bought out. I could be remembering it wrong, but I think they forced people to re-buy the offline modes for another $.99 as well to get the most updated version and completely pulled the original combined app. Either way it was purely a F2P/DLC money grab move to get the Blitz component up to date with all the wallet sucking additions that were already on Facebook, but not yet active in the app (primarily the massive score altering special gems which break the game).

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Buckingham/518019273 Will Buckingham

        They haven't, they've spent all their time modifying existing titles to rake in in-app purchases via selling special score (game breaking) gems in Bejeweled, coins to buy things quicker in PvZ, etc. The F2P/DLC market is an infection in gaming that has spread so far now it probably won't ever be stopped.

      • agentblank

        This worries me for plants vs zombies 2

      • Zeldaniac

        Likelikelikelikelike. Popcap was an amazing dev, but now they haven't released anything in ages. I'm still holdine out for iPhone versions of Astropop and Heavy Metal.

    • JaysUsernam

      NFL 2K is all I have to say!

  • http://twitter.com/oooooomonkey Oooooomonkey

    No way! Wtf free to play

  • felipe

    Freemium is a stupid trick to me. You have fun just in the beginning. ASAP you'll have to pay to still getting fun. I know that a lot of people will disagree with me, but i dont have time to spend playing over and over to collect "coins" and etc. I prefer to pay $2.99 instead freemium model - that request money all the time :(

    There ain't no such thing as a free lunch..

    • Greyskull

      That's still a problem. Back when I had a Motorola RAZR "feature phone", I spent more than 2.99 for Puzzle Quest. If you want to have quality games available on you iphone/ipod/ipad, you have to be willing to spend MORE than 3 bucks. When I bought RR2 (which, due to its size, I still haven't played), it cost 7 or 8 bucks iirc.

      • felipe

        Take a look on prices at appstore (.99 ~ 2.99 is the usual).. How you spend your money, its not my problem, but its not acceptable IAP of $10, $20 or $50 (for me)!

      • Greyskull

        I don't pay for iaps. That's why I said 3 bucks is still too little for a quality game that WON'T ask for more money after you buy it.

  • Gauloises

    Real Racing 3 presented by Cash Cow Electronic Arts!
    Damn they let us Pay for every Car every Track ....
    Maybe with Energy Bar that let you just Race on Race and after you ll Pay 0,99€ for another Race!

    Bye Bye Firemonkeys, it was a pleasure to play your Games when you were Firemint!

    • B30

      Monkey see, monkey die!

    • Gauloises

      Confirmed call me a wizard!!!

  • Der-Kleine

    Damn it, apple! If only you hadn't introduced iAP with iOS 3! (that was soooo long ago, now that I think about it!)

    • Greyskull

      And iADs.

      • xzeldax3

        More like "AiDS"

  • subshell001

    Yet Minecraft, at 6.99, is constantly in the top 10 if not number one. The argument that people don't want to spend money on a quality product is simply not true.

    • Darius

      Especially considering Minecraft PE is SEVERELY lacking in content and features from the PC/X360 version.

    • Greyskull

      ...and it never goes on sale, does it?

      • KenGriffeyIII

        I don't think so. I've never seen any version of Minecraft on sale but I specifically watched for Minecraft PE to go on sale for months and it never happened.

    • http://twitter.com/crunchewy Crunchewy

      Minecraft is a phenomena all its own. Can't really compare them. The apps making the most money are free-to-play, not Minecraft even (though it's up there).

      • Luigi_Mario

        Agreed, Minecraft is the exception that proves the rule.

  • Megagator

    How much you want to bet they leaked this just to test the waters? Meanwhile...
    FUDGE!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/leydenirwin Leydz Boomshaka-Irwin

    How unfortunate. This always upsets me. Would rather pay. What a bummer.

  • HeroComa

    This is the day that I dreaded....

  • slamraman

    Can I say pish here?

    • Rothgarr

      You just did!

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

    EA+Awesome Stuff=Freemium bullsh!t.

    Thank you EA, can we hate something so much like EA? I dont think so....

    • Wikilix

      Gameloft

      • macsmister

        For the most part true. One exception though: Asphalt 7. The freemium model is surprisingly well balanced. I hope RR3 takes a page from A7 with the freemium model.

      • naturalucka

        Asphalt7 is freemium? I'm playing it right now and didn't notice urge to pay. Great model, seriously! And game too.

      • http://twitter.com/PSNHotwire Hot-Wire

        It cost me 1.99 to buy it... but yeah, I haven't gotten any urges to pay extra. I might later on, because this model was well done.

      • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

        Asphalt7 is just as boring as Asphalt 4, but with better graphics. And its a freemium, but not even free...

      • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

        Yeah, i guess you are right

  • JCman7

    So disappointed to read this....

  • DannyWalkman

    Regardless of the price, i don't think it can be ruined. Just no in-app purchases, please.

    • ImJPaul

      You think EA is going to release a game for free and then have no way to make money on this?

      ...haha. I wish.

      Unfortunately. This is EA. AKA- the company that pulls premium games off the Internet without much warning or explanation, day 1 DLCs already written into the games code, ect.

      In conclusion, prepare to have your wallet raped.

    • Greyskull

      How is it going to be free with no iaps...a constant add-banner?

      • ImJPaul

        Maybe they'll just ask for a small portion of our souls? But the only way for us to transfer the SSP (small soul portions) is through a separate app which you can get for the one time price of $9.99. BUT it takes 2 years to properly transfer the SSP so if you buy the $19.99 IAP it will only take 5 seconds. Seems realistic.

  • Wikilix

    When i saw this notification... I just closed my eyes and shook my head in sorrow and disgust.

    • Ryan Smith

      I feel there should be some kind of Rorschach style monologue inserted here

  • geniusman95

    ;(

  • Downloadablegod

    That's terrible news. That's another game off my watch list. Already had to take infinity blade dungeons off.

  • joewelch4

    I would happy if they had a $10 iap to make it a paid type game and not a freemium one. They should make it the players option. Spend 8 years collecting coins or pay some money and have the game like the previous 2. Stupid EA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leydenirwin Leydz Boomshaka-Irwin

    Not happy at all. I dont believe in free games. There is always a catch. Like pay to unlock/pay to win.

  • Terpentine Cat

    What a sad day this has turned out to be...

  • Rothgarr

    Well... I was expecting to pay up to $10 for this. i will still download and play the game and I'm sure it will play great. If and when the time comes where I either want to (or have to) pay for IAPs, I'll see how far that original $10 will get me. If it will complete my game experience then I will happily pay it. If it looks like I would still need to pay much more than that further down the road then I'll simply stop playing and move on.

    • Vestid

      My head hurts. Too much sense for this thread!

    • naturalucka

      I've just adopted this as my strategy man, no hard feelings, right, right?

  • http://twitter.com/erichulen Chevelleman

    Going to wait until the games out to judge how they use free to play.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cory-Gillmore/100000862594754 Cory Gillmore

      Not really any point in waiting. Just see for yourself...ya know since it's free to play and all...I'm disgusted at this news...I literally yelled out an obscenity at work when I saw the headline. I swear if the IAPs add up to anything ridiculous, like say anything over 10-15 bucks then I'm gonna do something very bad and people at Firemint will lose their life and maybe even close family members...Yeah not really but I'm pissed big time at this news. What a slap in the face to its longtime fans and what a way to take a smelly dump on the hardcore gaming community.

      • subshell001

        you are crazy

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cory-Gillmore/100000862594754 Cory Gillmore

        Crazy for Real Racing...if you don't think a mobile game is worth loss of life then you're at the wrong website. This is serious stuff. I'm kidding people.

  • ImJPaul

    This game is a f$&@ing prison! On Planet Bullsh@&!!!! In the galaxy of This Sucks Camel D@&ks!!!!

    • NOEN

      This is horsesh!t.

  • http://twitter.com/bjornkeizers Bjorn Keizers

    I'll pass on this - and any of their future titles that they structure this way. If they released it as a $7-10 title, I would buy it on day one. But I will not be forced into a paywall at 200mph by them.

    I fully encourage everyone to boycot this terrible business model. Next thing you'll know, they're charging you for the virtual gas in your virtual tank.

  • JRaynor

    for now looks like i have most wanted for the long term

  • http://pinoyteens.net/ PinoyTeens.Net

    Guess I'll reinstall Most Wanted then.

    • http://twitter.com/joshyomygoshy josh nolan

      my thoughts exactly

  • B3nlok

    Oh shit. Never wanted so much to be wrong.

  • B30

    EA knows how to milk a cow!

  • Cobalt

    I'll play the free part, and if its a one time pay to open game then yes, but i have not, nor will i ever pay even one cent to a freemium model.

    • Rothgarr

      Have you never played ANY of the great freemium games? Games like Jetpack Joyride, PunchQuest, The Tribes, Temple Run 2, Puzzle & Dragons, etc.? These are all amazing games that are completely free and I never felt like I HAD to buy anything. But I was more than happy to throw a few dollars at the developers for coin doublers or in-game currency to show my support for making really great games. I will admit that some companies do it right while others fail at it. But I would never make that "I'LL NEVER PAY!!!1!!" blanket statement like that.

      • pauldavidmerritt

        To never download a 'freemium' game is the most wise decision to make. Freemiums are ruining the industry and should not be supported. And who knows this best? EA. Gameloft. They are squeezing cash out of their customers, and selling this stuff like it's Botox. Lipo-suction. "Hit their wallets quick, then we'll sell the company right before its revenue takes a nosedive!"

      • MrAlbum

        I understand the core of the emotional anguish: Real Racing 1 and 2 are hardcore racing games that take pride in their graphics and their racing gameplay. To associate this franchise with a model most known for FarmVille is painful to even imagine.

        But let's break down that association, shall we?

        The devs say that it will have the model of free-to-play. They did not say that it would go the route of FarmVille, where everything's based on a timer with barely any gameplay to back that up. The devs are promising a crapload of content that in theory will hold true to the core features of the franchise: hardcore racing gameplay with an emphasis on graphics.

        So the BUSINESS MODEL is similar to FarmVille. The GAMEPLAY isn't. This is a trusted dev with tons of developer experience under their belts which finds them updating the latest iteration of their core franchise with the current darling industry business practice to help them stay in business. Gotta change with the times, or risk losing your audience.

        Sucky? Yes. Spawn of Lucifer? Heck no. In many ways, it's the consumer's fault for being so receptive to the free-to-play business model when it was introduced. Now we blame the publishers for changing to fit consumer trends so they can stay in business?

        Seems kinda hypocritical to ignore our own involvement in the popularity of free-to-play. If we had never bothered with the model, it would not have piqued EA's interest.

        "But they didn't HAVE to adopt the model!" You may say. Sure, I get that. They don't HAVE to stay competitive in this business, after all. They could just as easily go bankrupt and liquidate all their assets into AIDS charities in Africa. They could easily do nothing but pander to hardcore gamers. Could happen. NOT OUR GODDAMN CALL TO MAKE. We are not EA. We are EA's customers... or FORMER customers. We hold no authority over the free will of any other human being. And we never will. Likewise goes to EA. They are only human, after all.

        Thus, these are just my thoughts on the issue. Make of that however you will.

      • pauldavidmerritt

        Of course EA will not say , "we are now using FarmVille business model", or anything of the like. But EA is becoming--you guessed it--another follower of the Freemium industry. You, like all the gamers out there receptive to the Freemium tactics, must be helping EA use money-weaseling tactics.

        It is not about making real [racing] games anymore. If you support this and stand by it, than I really hope you enjoy your races until the game shows you how much to spend before you own an actual thing called a GAME!

        Good luck to us all getting through the ruined iOS gaming industry. No more games. Just coins. Crystals. And "Real Money".

      • MrAlbum

        Stating that we consumers are partly responsible for the rise of free-to-play games is not a gesture of support for the companies that employ the model. It's a more grounded, less-ish angry hate-spewing and more-ish objective rational view of the entirety of the issue, and is not an evil, biased and unfair condemnation of one half of the coin.

        You know what happens when a person goes HAET HAET RAEG RAEG OR SOMETHING GODLIKE WILL BE DESTROYED AND FORGOTTEN FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER? That person becomes a sheep.

        Yes. I said it. In my viewpoint, gamers who scream and shout vitriol at X feature or Y business model or Z FUCKING ANYTHING are acting just as blind, ignorant and stupid as the people who accept whatever the businesses tell them at face value. It takes rational thought and logical debate to find solutions and identify how serious problems are. No building ever got built by shouting at the materials, and no peace summit has ever been successful when the ambassadors did nothing but yell at each other.

        In short, the anger I'm seeing in your comment is probably going to make this issue worse, especially in the long run. Gamers need to calm down and start using their brains to find the answers we clearly want in such a manner that nobody could argue with us, and that'll only happen if we stop grinding our axes and start picking up our pens.

        You want free-to-play to go away? Do some research. Observe free-to-play games of all sorts and sizes, from Planetside 2 to Final Fantasy: All The Bravest to FarmVille to Jetpack Joyride and more. Compare the critical reception of these games and contrast that with cold-hard evidence from the actual games themselves to find the model's strengths and weaknesses. Compare financial data where available, the types of IAPs used, the success rate of the model, the failure rate, etc.... Then, compare all of that data to equivalent data for premium games, and perform a similar analysis. Then, based on evidence and procedures that would be acceptable in the research community, make a conclusion about which business method is legitimately better or worse than the other.

        Is it hard to do well? Yes. Impossible? No. THEN DO IT!

        That is all I really have to say about that.

      • Cobalt

        Yes i have, and those are rare examples of freemium done right. I don't consider those freemium though, they don't force you to pay to unlock content and progression is slow, but doable without paying. Coaster crazy i love, but i hate that if i really want to unlock everything i have to drop big bucks for diamonds... Therefor it got removed once i hit that freemium wall.

  • iValerio90

    first infinity blade and now....this...no comment...im disgusted....

  • http://twitter.com/joshyomygoshy josh nolan

    EVERYONE BOYCOTT THIS BS and maybe they will reconsider

    • http://www.facebook.com/inverse.chia Inverse Chia

      100 people will boycott but 10,000,000 will get the game for FREE on launch. They'll reconsider naming shit to poop, but not into making RR3 premium.

  • Greyskull

    CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP. Willing to pay? I bought Battle Academy for 20 bucks. Is there a more expensive game someone could point me to? I've bought King of Dragon Pass for 10 bucks, I own every Zen Pinball Table which adds up to...well, quite a bit. I know...I'm not the average iDevice gamer; no TA regulars are. But they aren't even trying anymore. :sigh: I'm not very hopeful for the future of ios gaming.

    • ImJPaul

      Demons Score-over $50 to complete
      Chaos rings 2 HD- $21
      Walking dead-$25 (before they made ep 1 free and if you bought every episode separate)
      The world ends with you is around $20 too I think.

      Minus demons score I bought all of these games without hesitation. Shit I spent like $28 on Drakerider. There's plenty of quality games on the AppStore and I don't mind paying for them if I know what I'm paying for before I play it. I just don't want to constantly be pressured into handing these douche bags my money.

  • Rhino

    since this game is being released on android same day, i can only imagine the decision to make this game free was a no brainer. that user base expects every app/game for free. and when they cant get for free, they pirate. case in point, look what happened with "Dead Trigger". not every android user has this mentality, but the same can be true on iOS as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/inverse.chia Inverse Chia

      Come on. You get fed with all the mass media bias just like in politics. DT going free on Android had nothing to do with piracy. It was merely an excuse to greater riches on the part of MF Games.

    • apolloa

      Really funny troll comment there! Considering Android has the same free and paid for games as Apple's store. You should open your mind a bit because Android users are just as happy to buy a game as iOS users. And a bit of proof is on the Google Play store, in the top 10 grossing apps at three is Minecraft which costs £5 and at number 8 is Football Manager Handheld 2013 at £7. The first paid for app on the Apple store is at number 11 on the most grossing chart.

  • Mandi

    Well, another game I can take off my watch list.

  • Gamer_Kev

    Very disappointing. While I have seen a very small number of free to play games that were decent, I've never seen one from one of the big game companies. They're the ones that seem to really abuse the format, so I'd be very surprised if this turns out to be anything other than a flashy cash grab. Can't say I'm too surprised at EA though, over the last decade, I've watched EA turn from one of the greats to one of the most despicable and untrustworthy game companies out there.

  • jeffyg3

    IAP is good, as long as its like add-on packs you wouldn't normally get within the game. If they had new packs of cars as add-ons that would cool, but I'm guessing they adopted the same old lame coin-based IAP system

    • http://www.facebook.com/inverse.chia Inverse Chia

      Judging by Sam's post, everything will be available for free to everyone.

  • Jacob007

    And to think just yesterday we were all JOKING about this on the forums.

  • tarasis

    Most unexpected. Do we have it confirmed though that while it is Free To Play that it has IAP?

    • B30

      O_o ?!?

    • http://www.facebook.com/inverse.chia Inverse Chia

      Are. You. Kidding. Me?

      • tarasis

        No. Nothing is confirmed beyond its free to play. Yes it's unlikely there is no IAP, but it isn't confirmed one way or another.

      • Scape3d

        You sir, shall now be referred to as, "Sir Naive."

      • MrAlbum

        More like "Sir Literal Interpretation," it's less insulting.

  • http://twitter.com/mguniverse Danny Perski

    It is certain this game will be poorly balanced in favor of in-game currency, but if it had ads I give up on the Real Racing series. Need for Speed: Most Wanted was an excellent game and probably the best Fire Monkeys will ever release.

    • Jacob007

      Ads and/or two currencies - no.

  • Happy W

    I'm genuinely surprised by how many people are surprised.

    Has everyone forgotten Flight Control Rocket?

  • DannyTheElite

    EA - ruining your favourite series since 1982

    • Gamer_Kev

      EA was a very good company in the 80's, it was nothing like the company it is today. I still fondly remember many of games they turned out during my childhood. Greats like Mule, Hacker, Wasteland, The Pinball Construction Set, Archon, I could go on and on. The record album like boxes where much cooler than any game boxing today as well. They didn't really start to go down hill until the mid 90's and wasn't really until the mid 00's that they started becoming the trash they are today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/inverse.chia Inverse Chia

    Holy hell my world just literally stopped. This is the death knell of premium games. By 2014 everything will be F2P on the Appstore.

  • ANIMALCHOPPINGS

    How can anyone actively say that the game is going to be terrible because of this? How about we wait until it comes out and base our opinions off of that. I for one am awaiting the release and can't wait to try it out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/inverse.chia Inverse Chia

      That just sounds...wrong. Everything points to this being once heck of a drivel. I'll be more than glad to eat my words if I'd get a premium experience for FREE!

    • pauldavidmerritt

      Let's get serious now. Gamers around the world hate this stuff, because it is... well... stupid. And you know this is becoming a growing issue. EA is [yet another] Developer becoming more interested in weaseling money than coming out with full game titles that are actually worth money to play AND OWN. Come on.... Quit promoting/supporting this money-hording Freemium industry.

      • ANIMALCHOPPINGS

        I just believe that there has been concrete evidence of free-to-play done right. Tiny Tower, Pocket Planes, Pixel People (Haha alliteration) all have been very well done. Who's to make the prediction whether or not Real Racing (also alliteration haha) will be good or bad?

      • Gamer_Kev

        It's still highly debatable as to whether those games you mention were 'done right' freemium. The only one of those that manage to stay on my iPad any length of time was Pocket Planes and that's because I'm an aviation nut. Eventually though I got sick of the timers and deleted it. Another thing about those games you mention are that they are all done by small developers. I've never played a freemium game made by a big company that didn't hit a steep paywall after a bit into it.

  • c4r105

    Really bad news as I was looking forward to RR3, but what can one expect when EA are involved.

  • Mlxpro

    Ok..,this is too DAMN AMAZING!!!

  • objectiveC

    WHAT!!!!
    Is everything going to become f2p now! Is the next big thing going to be FREE TO PLAY PHONES where u have to get enough gems to unlock the camera app or u have to watch enough videos to unlock texting?

    Wow, I really would have paid 20 bucks for this game. I mean it looks like a Xbox live arcade game. I don't mind paying up front, but having to pay for in game currency seems like a ripoff.

    Is fire monkeys oblivious to the hatred toward the f2p business model.

    Another game series gone down the drain

  • Adams Immersive

    Free to Play doesn't HAVE to be bad (as long as it's not Pay to Win). But the EA name does not give me a good feeling...

    • mguniverse

      I also hate ads. I'm using a really expensive iPhone, I don't like to fill it with garbage.

    • http://twitter.com/joshyomygoshy josh nolan

      lol but it will be trust me

      • MrAlbum

        I Require PROOF!

        .....said a sane few.......

  • quitjoshin

    Ugh, I was counting on paying $6.99 for this game. Now they aren't going to get a cent from me.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    Well, that's not very real racing, because really real racing is not free to play.

  • Locanis

    I'll stick to the last honest game in this series, Real Racing 2. Screw you EA, and your freemium bullshit. You even managed to work an IAP model into Tetris FFS. A shameless game pushed by a shameless publisher. I feel sorry Firemint has become.. This.

  • swarmster

    Whoa, everyone's jumping to a lot of conclusions about IAP and 'freemium' and stuff. And yet:

    "Real Racing 3 will be free...we have 46 licensed vehicles covering 3 classes, a 22 car grid, real world tracks, 8 varied event types and 900+ events...for free...we plan to continue to add more free and exciting content with every update."
    - Firemonkeys

    See? Rather than charge money for their game, they just want to give it to everyone for free. Looks like nothing to worry about!

    Furthermore, lalalalala I can't hear you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Smith/100003406751826 Jon Smith

      Care to buy a bridge?

    • ImJPaul

      I thought you were being serious before I read the last sentence. I was gonna welcome you to the TA forums by giving you the drumroll to your demise but instead you had that trick ending. Well played.

  • ridiculocity

    I just hope there will not be running across the top of the screen, coins, bucks, Diamonds etc like gameloft have tried repeatedly. Im hoping an IAP will disable ads and IAP will be only for uber cool hard to get gear. I will surely be upset if i have to use real money to enter an event in single player. Trying to be positive even tho we are talking about EA.

  • http://twitter.com/whitestatic Cory White

    Just what the app store needs... another tower defense game.

  • HCastle23

    I always feel a little trepidation with any 'free to play' game for those type of fremium games often fall into the trap of not having a balanced progression, resulting in a lot of grinding early on. Hopefully it will be balanced for people who want the experience of Real Racing as well as the option to buy your way to the top. Another thing is that people who are a true fan of Real Racing or any game in general would most likely pay the higher price for the full game, which in turn would still make the company make lots of money. In fact, they might lose more players if it follows the dreaded free to play template than the traditional full price = full game. In any case, I will definitely be getting this game and I can't wait for its release!

  • mistygio914

    Calm down everyone! At least it's not a Gameloft freemium!!!!!

  • Deonaldi

    EA+Freeium= TERRORISM

    • http://twitter.com/PrayForDeath Pray For Death

      Literally Hitler

      • HelperMonkey

        Literally Undead-Cyborg-Hitler-With-Chainguns from the old Castle Wolfenstein.

    • MrAlbum

      So EA's bad. They don't spread fear for one's safety, it'd be bad for business. Thus, they aren't terrorists.

      So stop trolling the cattle, you'll make the stampede worse.

  • lr1919

    I'm actually happy about this. Never was too impressed by iOS racing, so I'm glad to get to try this out for free.

  • Jason

    The moment I read this I knew I was gonna pass on this game; not even try it for free - it's not worth the massive download time. I'll just stick to RR2. Hate freemium games, would much rather pay a fair price out the door than be pinched for money while I play.

  • http://twitter.com/blackryn0 blackryn0

    Screw this I'm buying a PS VITA.

  • db2

    So... that means I can skip this one?

  • lobotomies4free

    Grind forever or pay $10 for a million coins. I can see it now. It better have a full unlock option like some other free to play games on the App Store

  • skeblik

    Everyone who is unhappy sucks!! Did you see how much content they are offering for free?

    • skeblik

      I mean hundreds of hours of gameplay? And don't get all sad just wait until you play it. I work at Firemonkeys, I know!

      • ImJPaul

        You lost me at everyone.

  • Scape3d

    The terrorists HAVE won.

  • Illuminerdy

    There was a bombing on the Syrian border today. People died.

  • Henryduk

    Noooo
    What are they thinking!!!
    Now they will make it impossible to get new cars in the game without IAP
    We are all doomed

  • Professionalbum

    Now if they offered say a season pass like for the console/PC titles for one flat fee I'm on board; I'm still going to download the title(and you are too) even though this is the trend in iOS gaming now.

    My question is-will IAP go on sale?

    • PureRumble

      No i wont. Trust me on this, ok?

  • chimpman252

    BWAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA lol this news made my day... How did we not expect this to happen? he heh ha

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Smith/100003406751826 Jon Smith

    Like so many others here I despise F2P/DLC and avoid most games with them. On top of that EA is a terrible company, I am speaking from first hand experience. I would have paid up to $10 for this game (just paid $10 for Baldur's Gate and spend good money on games all the time) if it were free of F2P/DLC. Instead EA won't get any of my money, for this or anything else...

  • androidislame

    Way to ruin a great series

  • knoids

    Dang it.

  • theorangeipod

    I'm so tired of the IAPs. Put the real price to play the game on the app.

  • 12yam

    Everything... in it's right place

  • 12yam

    Lol you guys calm down. Just post an angry smiley or something and move on with your lives.

  • vic_viper_001

    Thank God "Gridlee" has all but destroyed my interest in playing normal iPhone games, or this news might have really pissed me off.

    • Awesomenessprime

      That's pretty sad

      • vic_viper_001

        You're probably right, but I won't lose any sleep over spending less money on the various IAP abusing games that companies like EA crank out.

  • oscar123967

    Well, there goes an amazing ioS racing title...

  • poorwealthyman

    How do you ever expect to change the mentality of people of you give in to their pricing wishes at the first hurdle?

    Stick it out. Keep it a £4.99 forever. If people want it, they'll get it. Eventually others will give in and buy as well. Then at Christmas, a new wave of iDevice owners will enter the market, not knowing any different and happily pay the £5 no questions asked. But this Christmas wave comes in, year after year, and sees free games with a bit of pay here and there, so that's what they come to expect.

  • Furtin

    Free To Pay

    Most annoying cash-in method by the "gaming"-industry.

  • Retero

    Keep calm. Everything is not lest yet. We don't know how the game will turn out. Maybe they make a breakthrough in free-to-play mechanics. Even if they don't, it will be a great racing game. Sure you might not be able to get the best car as fast as a paid version. But considering there are "900" events there is sure a lot of replay value. Real Racing 2 was as fun after I unlocked the last car and they can't have as many cars as a console game, so maybe the free-to-play might work here. But all of this is speculation. Wait until the game comes out. If you download and don't like it or hit a pay-wall or something then worst-case scenario, delete it and move on. Who knows, maybe Real Racing 3 is awesome. Maybe it's not. It was designed form the ground up to be free-to-play and hopefully this publisher still has the sense to make a great game. And EA hasn't ruined every franchise with free-to-play. Command and Conquer Free-to-Play looks pretty awesome from the demos so far even if it may be free-to-play. Being a free-to play title doesn't prevent you from buying the game, in fact it makes it easier.

  • Psiufoxx

    Why wouldn't they go free to play? They know where the $$ is.

  • http://twitter.com/joshyomygoshy josh nolan

    I look at it as well okay...ill download it and play what they allow you to pay for free.... then delete

    • Awesomenessprime

      That's too rational. Don't do that.

    • Psiufoxx

      Ie, what I do with every racing game :)

  • joewelch4

    According to a CNET article players will either have to wait in between races for their car to be repaired or they can use in game currency or real currency. So the people who want to play the game the most have to pay the most to play. Way to reward your dedicated fans.

    • MrAlbum

      No belief without a link. And still no belief if the story is based on a rumor.

  • Amenbrother

    Sigh.

  • Garbagemaster

    I can be ok with this IF there is an option to buy all content via IAP once, if wanted.
    If its a "buy more stars/energy/fuel" BS situation to keep playing, I'm out.

  • Awesomenessprime

    If this news has ruined your day, you need to get your priorities straight. Wipe your eyes and jog on, its just a freakin' game.

  • apolloa

    Here you go folks! A game we spent millions developing and a long time making! Have it for FREE!!!!!! YEEEEAAHHH RRRIIGGHHHTTTTT.
    Oh I can't wait to tap that top in app purchase button...

    I 'WAS' looking forward to this, now not so sure. But then again NFSMW was pretty cheap and you don't need to IAP anything on it really? hmm

  • http://twitter.com/dezign999 François

    Want to finish this race? Buy another LAP from the EA Store!

  • natedogg213

    You know what else is free to play? Eli Hodapp's mom.

    • Illuminerdy

      You're the worst person in this thread.

  • apolloa

    I had made a long comment on here but it seems to have gone? So I'll just say freemium sucks, I hate it, and I despise gameloft's approach to it and fear EA will follow suit. It's a sad day as the RR series used to be great.

  • Th3R3n3gad3

    Stupid EA!!! They always mess everything up!

  • Madison

    I miss the days when there was NO iApp and I was more than happy to pay 8 bucks for a good game on my iPad without all the stuff that Freemium and iApp destroyed.

  • Jonas

    Goshdarnit... and I was planning to spend money on this game :(

  • evilsearch

    @EA bla bla bla, whatever you guys said. All you want is just milk more money and all you care is just money. Waste my time waiting for this game the whole year.

  • Cory Gillmore

    If they're doing this for anti piracy reasons I really with they'd just make the download free and maybe have 1 or 2 tracks (like a demo) and then unlock the full game as a single $10-15 IAP.
    I really hate to hear about this F2P bullshit they're doing. But it's all in how they implement it.

  • Screwguy

    Oh Yeah!!! FTP for a premium Game!? i Love you EA..i will buy all of your games from now on.. /sarcasm

  • GSport

    WHY?

  • .Asa

    Fortunately, I have IAP free.

    • Zeldaniac

      Hehehe. Hopefully there isn't extra authentication so we can actually ENJOY real racing 3.

  • http://portablesoldier.tumblr.com Jay MacEachern

    Wow, some many jaded people. You know no one is twisting your arm to put money into these titles. The client is free and gives you the ability to try before you buy. If you do not like the setup they have, you simply uninstall.

    Yet people do nothing but complain. F2P is here to stay, and shame people were not properly educated on the subject before it's inception. Because the only comments I ever hear is, "It's not a game anymore" and "why isn't everything free in it".

    If you go into something with a negative look before you even try, you are never giving anyone the chance of making a great F2P title. So perhaps instead of just complaining about it and declaring game companies are the biggest evil in the known world, you download and try it for free. You are not loosing anything by doing so, and who knows....you might just like it.