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Real Racing 3 Coming to U.S. February 28th with Freemium Gameplay, Available in Some Countries Now

EA and Firemonkeys' Real Racing 3 is set to be released later this month, though it is currently available for download in some international App Stores as part of a soft launch to test the system. The game, which is the highly anticipated followup to Real Racing 2, features real cars, photorealistic tracks, online time-shifted multiplayer, and impressively accurate physics.

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Unlike previous titles in the series, Real Racing 3 will be free to play. Our sister site TouchArcade explains the freemium mechanics:
There are two currencies in the game, the first of which is a general dollar currency that is dished out pretty liberally during the normal course of play. The amount earned feels tuned just like pretty much any other racing game, giving you enough to purchase upgrades, make repairs, and buy better vehicles as you naturally progress through the massive campaign.

The freemium catch is that all of those actions – repairs, upgrades and new cars – are set to varying levels of cooldown timers, the length of which are determined by what exactly you’re trying to do.
Essentially, after completing races, gamers will be subjected to a short wait before being able to race again when repairs are required. Wait times are also required when installing upgrades and unlocking additional vehicles, and these wait times will increase as the game progresses. TA mentions that wait times are worse when the game first begins as you're limited to one car, and points out that you can continue racing without making repairs, though damage may impact performance.

To alleviate wait times, players are encouraged to purchase gold coins. Coins are bought in the app, but can also be earned through gameplay. Many fans of the series are upset with the newly implemented freemium mechanics because previous games were not freemium titles.

TouchArcade has posted a hands-on video of Real Racing 3 with designer Ptolemy Oberin showing off the gameplay and the realistic visuals.


Real Racing 3 is currently available for download in the Australia, New Zealand, and Canada App Stores. It is slated to be released in the U.S. App Store on February 28. [iTunes Link]

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Posted: 21 months ago
I love that freemium games exist, but I would also love the option to just essentially buy the game 'outright' as well (say for what they usually charge for the title - $5 or so).

Then people who don't mind cooldowns or whatever can play, people who occasionally buy gold coins can pay occasionally, and the hardcore can just pay a larger fee up front to get everything.

Maybe even $10!
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago

... freemium...


Dropped like a rock.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
Really? That sounds annoying as hell. Hope there's a non-"freemium" version available eventually.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
...and EA ruins yet another promising franchise.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
I was actually looking forward to this game - I have all the other real racing games on iPad/iPhone/iMac .... BUT this freemium stuff turns me off. Adding wait times after upgrading? Longer wait times the more the games progresses .... sorry, I am not willing to keep paying to play. I am willing to pay $10 (or more for a real good game) to get the game and play it - but I am not willing to feed the game constantly on every single device with money. ... guess I will not get the game than.

Too bad they will still make tons of money from people willing to feed actually dollars constantly to play.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago

Dropped like a rock.


Yet another terrible move by EA.

In fact, it's about time Apple revamps its search engine to allow for NON-FREEMIUM or NON-IN-APP PURCHASE APPS...I hate paying for something just to discover that it's not the full app.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago

The game is out in NZ and the verdict is in: infected with IAP's in the range of 99c - $150. There is a service waiting time around 6 hours before you can race again (can't be skipped) 1 star garbage that looks awesome, but unplayable.

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=178087&page=50


Just looked at that link .. stopped reading at this:



well there's also the koenigsegg car you can only buy for 800 gold coins witch is almost $100


This is disgusting ... how would pay $100 for ONE simulated car ??
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
It's incredible what happens with my favorite iOS gaming site touchArcade where I am (and probably was) a regular visitor and writer in the forums.

Never seen before: They censored HEAVILY during the night the main thread…

Real Racing 3 by EA (Universal) [Worldwide on the 28th of February] (http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=178087)

…and opened a new thread buried in a sub forum…

Real Racing 3 Rants, Conspiracy Theories, and Other Weird Complaints (http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=178192)

Read this: No criticism about RR3 is allowed in the main thread! I am afraid it's time for Dr. Arnold Kim to communicate sharply with brain-washed Eli Hodapp (obviously chief editor of touchArcade). BTW there was NEVER a front page article on the best iOS arcade racer 'Asphalt 7' by Gameloft (their flagship software).

Electronic Arts is ruining a promising franchise, maybe iOS gaming altogether and the tA forums.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
ZzZzZz

Game looks boring as hell. No physics? Really? No damage simulation? Not even realistic audio.

And this is supposed to be the first so called 'console quality' iOS game... :rolleyes:
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 21 months ago
Not yet out in the Canadian App Store...
Rating: 2 Votes

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