Sega is currently working on Initial D: Perfect Drift Online, a Free-to-Play 3DS title which is scheduled for release in Japan this Winter. Speaking to Famitsu, Toshihiro Nagoshi has revealed that the game is merely the start of a prolonged campaign to see how freemium gaming can work on a handheld console like the 3DS:
We don’t intend to stop with this title, and after looking over its results, we’ll think about what to do next. However, unlike games for smartphones, I believe there’s a perfect shape of ways to do things, somewhere out there, for the Nintendo 3DS. I believe that finding it will be our challenge, and in many ways, Initial D will be our first step.
At the moment, I can say that we’ve been thinking about plenty of things. We have suggestions amongst ourselves like ‘wouldn’t this be a perfect game for a F2P title on Nintendo 3DS’ and many more. So when the time comes to talk about it… we’ll just leave it at that for now.
Nagoshi also revealed that although Initial D is free to download and supports micro-transactions, it will be possible to play the game without spending any cash:
When there’s something special that you’d want, you can purchase points to get it, it’ll work like that. You’ll also be able to accumulate those points in the game by simply playing it.
There's no word if Initial D: Perfect Shift Online will make it out of Japan, but if it ever did, would you be willing to give it a whirl? Let us know by posting a comment below.