Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi isn’t particularly happy that World of Tanks on the Xbox 360 will require a Xbox Live Gold membership.
Kislyi told GamesIndustry that meant his game wasn’t 100 per cent free-to-play, but that it was a requirement of being on Microsoft’s platform.
“They cannot drop it for us because they would have to drop it for everyone and it would be a total mess for them,” he said.
"This we have to tolerate, which I am not happy about. I would rather add another 30-40 million non-golden members and they will monetise occasionally.”
Kislyi did express his relief about Microsoft moving to real currency though.
“We will teach – excuse me – we will advise them on how to embrace, sometime in the future, different payment methods like SMS," he said.
“Right now, it's only credit cards used to buy Microsoft Points which we know is suicide in free-to-play.”
Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo had to be respected because of their size, said Kislyi, adding that ““whining and complaining about that structure does not help."
However, Wargaming was "working hard with Microsoft's people as a team to build this and to break a couple of rules inside Microsoft," he said.
The rules in question might be those that see console developers charging developers per update, but Kislyi wouldn't specify.
"If console companies don't adapt to the new realities of the entertainment industry they will have hard times," he said.
“That's the definition of free-to-play. Free-to-play has to be transparent, right? And Microsoft traditionally, as a retail boxed business model, has a lot of restrictions – technological, legal, and whatnot.
“For them and for us this is a big move forward and it's quite risky."
World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition will be available in the third quarter of this year for Xbox Live Gold members. Silver members will be able to download a trial version of the game.