Publisher Square Enix is attempting to assure fans that its upcoming free-to-play title Nosgoth is not going to be as consumer-hostile as some fear.
George Kelion, a community manager at Square Enix London Studios, insisted in a blog post that Nosgoth was "free-to-play but not pay-to-win".
Described as a competitive, team-based human versus vampire multiplayer game, Nosgoth has gained a cult following due to its ties with the Legacy of Kain series. The game pits two factions against each other in battle, where players must use "each race's unique fighting style to conquer and crush the opposition in a war for supremacy and for survival".
Kelion said one of the development team's key goals was "to create a fair experience that doesn't penalise players who don't spend money in the game" .
He added: "As such Nosgoth doesn't include items, weapons or abilities that are inherently better."
Square Enix has a disputed reputation for its free-to-play games. Games critic Jim Sterling described the publisher's freemium iOS game, Final Fantasy All The Bravest, as "fucking disgusting".
In Nosgoth, players are given the option to buy 20,000 of in-game currency (Rune Stones), for $79.99.