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The Tomorrow Children will not be free-to-play on its relaunch

The relaunch of Q-Games’ The Tomorrow Children will see the removal of its former free-to-play model.

Originally releasing on the PlayStation 4 in 2016, The Tomorrow Children had a pretty rocky start. Unable to fully realise its potential as a free-to-play town-building, Soviet Union-themed, sandbox game, Sony shut down its servers a little over a year after its launch.

However, having regained the rights to the IP at the end of 2021, developer Q-Games set about relaunching The Tomorrow Children, thus giving the game a second chance. This time the developer is looking to switch up its formula, and the game will no longer be free to play.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Q-Games founder Dylan Cuthbert stated that the reason for this change is: “It means the game can be balanced a lot better, because we don’t have to try and squeeze a bit of money out of the player at every opportunity.

“We can just actually build the game properly, based on normal – more normal, I suppose – progression methods.”

Cuthbert goes on to say: “I really think the [problem] was basically just the free-to-play thing. I think people, especially at that time, didn’t like microtransactions in general. At the time as well, I saw many comments saying, ‘If this game was just a one-time purchase, I’d buy it.’ Loads of people said that.”

In Eurogamer’s review of The Tomorrow Children, Christian Donlan said: “In truth, given the focus on toil, making The Tomorrow Children free-to-play in the first place initially feels like satire anyway. Here’s a game about working, often joylessly, and you also often have to pay in order to play it at a decent pace.”

While no specific release date for The Tomorrow Children’s relaunch has been given, Q-Games hopes it will be ready for the end of 2022, with its second ‘debut’ coming to the PS4 initially.

After this, Q-Games hopes it will be able to bring the game to additional platforms, although at the time of writing which platforms, and when, remain unknown.

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