As was announced back in February, Zen Studios have been working on a free to play version of their castle defense game CastleStorm for mobile devices, and today they've announced it's on track for release this week on May 8th. CastleStorm was originally released on PC and major consoles last year to a largely positive reception, though that was as a paid title. Being that mobile is a very different market and free to play is the dominant model nowadays, Zen sought to convert the CastleStorm experience to a free to play one. They didn't want to do it in a ham-fisted way though, so they've actually been running an open beta on Android since last February in order to gain feedback and make the necessary tweaks so that CastleStorm fit the free to play model in an elegant way.

CastleStorm - Free to Siege 5

According to Zen Studios, the Android beta was invaluable, with more than six thousand participants who provided feedback that impacted many aspects of the game including the in-game economy and direct gameplay elements. I wasn't part of the Android beta, nor have I played CastleStorm on any other platforms, so I'm eager to see just how well this free to play version turned out. I'm hoping for the best, because it seems like a really cool game. We won't have long to wait to find out though with CastleStorm - Free to Siege launching this Thursday, or technically late Wednesday night here in the US.

  • hellscaretaker

    and wait for the free to play argument to start in 3...2....1....

    • Amenbrother

      No....

    • Intendro

      Apparently all those developers making "free to hit a paywall" "games" are immune to complaints.
      But people continue to complain, because eventually they have to listen. We want fun in games.
      So... There will be complaining. It is inevitable.

      • Holcman

        and... When is that "eventually"? As long as they get money, they won't listen. (And no, telling us not to download the game won't stop them from getting money.)

      • Intendro

        Sad but true... Games are supposed to be fun... And yet the bad free to play games are still successful...
        But people will keep complaining in the hope that they will actually eventually listen.
        Games are supposed to be games! *sigh*

    • Stormourner

      there will be always F2P arguments

  • CooleTeeps

    I love CastleSiege for Xbox Arcade! Just a bummer that it's Free-to-play :(

    • Intendro

      Let's see if it manages to be free to play, or free to see how soon it triggers the reaction of "oh look it's trying its hardest to force me to pay to win *mashes delete button and goes to play game designed for fun*"
      It's possible to manage the former... Funny how the latter still manages to sell... And by funny I mean sad.
      :/

    • Stormourner

      then stick with the Xbox Arcade version, F2P hater ;P

  • Philkuu

    It's a great game on PS3/Vita! Will be interested in seeing how it translates to iOS, and what areas they make IAP.

  • James Gerbino

    Great game on XBLA and Vita. I won't ride the F2P train though. And don't need a third copy of it anyhow.

    • Roleki

      Or you could TOFTT and see how it compares with your XBLA version and then give us all your feedback...

  • djstout

    I deleted all the F2P games I had as I cannot stand it! Full of ads, pay wall and pay to win stuff.

    • Stormourner

      YYYAAAWWWNNN!!!

  • Zeillusion

    I've always wanted to play this game, just never get around to it. I'm sold, be it free or not. It look like a damn good polished game / loads of fun. Can't wait, tomorrow night!

    • Stormourner

      that's what I like to hear :)

    • Philkuu

      If it runs anything like it does for Sony, I think you will be impressed with it. Very interesting blend of game mechanics, and a ton of choice in how to attack a level. They did a really good job with coming up with this one and everything they put into it, at least going by the versions I've played.

  • Ubisububi

    Free-To-Play Definition - the art of making a game that is not fun, while giving gamers the chance to make it fun by throwing down money as they play.

    • Stormourner

      anti-F2P comments is getting sooooo boring

      • Michael O'Connor

        An opinion you needed to point out half a dozen times?

      • Ubisububi

        As is your oddly irrational defense of a game model that clearly doesn't benefit gamers. Of course, this doesn't apply to those gamers with no money to spend on games. To that crowd, F2P probably feels a bit like socialism did to the Russian peasants after their revolution.

      • Orlor

        It benefits the indecisive gamer like me. I wouldn't download nearly as many games as I do now if they weren't free2play. While yes there is a bunch of crap out there (looking at you Dungeon Keeper) there are some decent fun ones where I don't feel pressured to pay money.

      • Stormourner

        pppfft!! I don't defend the game model XD

  • Bischi777

    I hope it will be fun! I have the xbox version and will give comparison as soon i downloaded this one.

  • Stormourner

    Castlestorm is out in the App Store. thanks to appshopper

    • hellscaretaker

      yeah seems someone dropped the hammer early on this one

      • Stormourner

        yep!! it better not be an accidental release

      • hellscaretaker

        well the game is suppose to be out on the 8th of may so i guess a day early wont make a big difference

  • iValerio1990

    just dont donwload f2p. its easy.

    • Stormourner

      heh do ya think someone would listen to you? I will download it, come and stop me =P

      • iValerio1990

        that is the question. :P people dont want to understand that the "f2p" model is completely WRONG

      • dancj

        I can be wrong, but it didn't hurt PVZ2, Nimble Quest, Temple Run, 2048, Jetpack Joyride and Subway Surfers. And my son seems to be having a ball with Angry Birds Go without spending a penny.

      • dancj

        Oops - "IT can be wrong"

      • Stormourner

        you can edit the mistake

      • iValerio1990

        i dont like to play with "omg hope there are no timer os walls" in my mind. i want to play relaxed.
        in my country say : nobody give you anything for nothing

      • Ubisububi

        It completely destroyed PvZ 2. I'll give you the others.

      • Stormourner

        there's NOTHING wrong with F2P games since people are simply paranoid over their money

      • iValerio1990

        its not paranoid is a discourse of what is right and what is wrong. IF in the game there was a way to unlock the FULL game, then in this case ( only in this ) you will have all the reason.

  • Leydz Boomshaka-Irwin

    Free to play can be great as long as it is fair! Give me some decent play time and a good game and maybe ill consider dropping some cash.