Nintendo’s first free-to-play game is based on Steel Diver, a property it debuted as a 3DS launch title in 2011, Nintendo senior managing director Shigeru Miyamoto told IGN.
This new, free-to-play Steel Diver doesn’t appear to be the same game. According to Miyamoto, a free-to-play model would change the game’s design. And target platforms were not specified.
“There is something we’re doing with the Steel Diver idea that I think is going to open things up with that game… It’s going to be very fun,” Miyamoto said. “We’re exploring from a perspective of where we can take that from a multiplayer standpoint – it’s going to have this four-player battle mode that I think is going to be very interesting.”
The creator added that his team was focused on balancing how a pricing model would affect the final product’s entertainment value, which would ultimately be available in packaged form, as well.
“It’s something that we’re hoping to be able to show relatively soon,” Miyamoto concluded.