CCP, the developer of popular PC MMO Eve Online and upcoming PS3 tie-in shooter Dust 514, has revealed the game will require players to pay a "cover charge".
CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson explained the fee is designed to help manage the roll out of the ambitious first-person shooter.
"You're really getting the game for free but you have to pre-buy credits in the beginning," he said. "We might go fully free-to-play down the line, but in the beginning we have a cover charge just to manage the initial launch of it."
Players will have the money returned to them in the form of an equivalent amount of in-game currency, which can be used to purchase as yet undisclosed items, says CCP.
"In the beginning you have to pre-buy credits, so you pay something like $10-$20 to enter the game and you get the equivalent number of credits in the game once you do that."
Pétursson also took the time to differentiate the traditional 'microtransaction-powered' model, saying that it's not like in shooters such as Battlefield.
"It's not like in shooters where you've seen virtual goods sales. Whether that's some of the games you've seen in Asia, whether that's Battlefield, or other games," he stressed.
"We have always been a big believer in growing up a social network behind [Dust 514] in a slow and predictable way...Because we have seen that if you don't do that you can end up with a very unstructured experience, where there's no cohesion to the community. By growing it at the beginning we help to make a healthy environment initially," he added.
CPP Games' senior producer Torfi Frans and DUST producer Thomas Farrer have said they feel the PS3 is 'more open' than Xbox 360 to DUST 514's tech.