French publisher Gameloft, one of the most prolific iOS games publishers, has joined Electronic Arts in offering latest triple-A titles for free, a major shift in strategy in recognition of the free-to-play concept. Today, Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter 4, a major new release, has hit the App Store as a free download.

The Diablo-like title is classes as a role-playing game set in the land of Valenthia and you’re tasked with saving the mortal realms from darkness. It includes the usual assortment of potions, daggers, swords, monsters and character classes such as Sentinels, Imps (compared in savagery to a wolverine) and what not…

The game invites you to “venture forth into the most immersive, accomplished and addictive chapter of the acclaimed action RPG saga & rediscover the thrill of dungeon crawling.”

The game boasts hundreds of enemies, massive bosses, a bunch of items to collect, upgradeable character skills and gear that can be customized, crafted and charmed.

The Demons, a race thought to have been extinguished eons ago, have returned. You awaken from what seemed like a nightmare to find your kingdom, Valenthia, decimated.

Unharmed from the battle, you are mysteriously gifted with tremendous new power and skills. You could be your people’s only remaining hope.

There’s also a multiplayer mode where you can show off your battle skills in various PVP modes or battle others in COOP arenas.

Of course, this being a freemium title yields some inevitable downsides.

A health potion, for example, will cost you 20 diamonds.

Dungeon Hunter 4 (Map 1)

TouchArcade reflected on the free-to-play concept:

Need a new sword or helmet? Don’t wait for them to drop, just simply buy one of the several pieces of gear offered on your own inventory screen.

Want to use two healing potions in rapid succession? Either wait eight hours or pay twenty diamonds for the pleasure.

Need some new skills and don’t want to level up for them? You can pay for them instead, which we’re fairly sure throws the game’s balancing all sorts of off.

Sounds to me a bit like EA’s freemium implementation in Real Racing 3.

Hard-core gamers may soon discover that their advance could be severely limited, until they bite the bullet and buy additional items in-app. I would rather pay the full price than spend at least twice as much on in-app purchases.

Dungeon Hunter 4 will be available “very soon” for Android, per the official Facebook page.

  • Looks nice but what ever happened to “Infinity Blade Dungeons”

    • i know, i got so excited about the release of that and then it never came, then again Real Racing 3 was said to be coming soon and it was over half a year later before it was actually released so we may see it arrive soon.

      • Real Racing 3 probably only took a long time because they had to re adjust everything to make it a freemium game rather than sticking to their roots but no the greedy people at EA had to have their way didn’t they.

      • That’s not good, it could have been the most stunning iPad game to date.

        Lets hope it revived sooner or later.

      • Did you see video footage for “The Drowning”? Its another free to play game to be released soon on iOS. The control system looks very interesting. Worth checking out.

  • Was about to download this because it was ‘free’ Then I saw EA and Freemium in the same sentence. Also, from what Touch Arcade said in their quote, you’re more likely to spend more money on the skills, potions, etc than you would if you were to normally purchase the game. When will ppl realize freemium is a ripoff.

    • It doesn’t hurt to try it out, I guess…

    • You don’t have to pay. Just play the game like a normal free game. Then share your experience by giving it a bad rating if you feel so inclined to.

      • seyss

        it is not like that. they end up forcing you into buying stupid stuff

      • They “force” you? No. They don’t. You don’t have to buy anything.

      • Depends on why you normally download a game. I normally download a game to enjoy playing it since if I didn’t think it was a good game and I could enjoy myself playing it I would not download it. Now in the classic case of Real Racing 3 vs the world it is IMPOSSIBLE that’s right I’m using capital letters, to enjoy yourself playing the game without either:

        A) Screwing EA over by buying stuff for free


        B) actually forking out money in which case you will most likely end up spending more money on the game than you would if you were to just buy it in addition to the fact that since this is Gameloft we’re dealing with option A will probably not work and even if it did I bet a lot of people on iDB would look down on you if you did go that way.

        So taking all of the above into account it is impossible to play the game without spending money at least if you are like me and only play games for enjoyment. If you happen to enjoy sitting down watching seconds, hours and minutes of your life that you will never ever get back then I highly recommend freemium games to you particularly Real Racing 3 and the Simpsons Tapped Out.

  • yazan

    شكرا لكم

    • Mohammed Sahib

      English dude.

    • Devam

      Cha chi cho

    • iospixel

      What he said

  • seyss

    IAP ruined true gaming on iOS

    • Arjan Vlek

      Sure. Paying €5.49 or now €5.99 for a good game was definetely worth it. Buying meant no ads, no force to buy ANYTHING afterward. Now if you buy something in a freemium game you will have to do it over and over again, or sadly have to hack.

  • NO MORE FREEMIUM, Gameloft, as long you keep destroing games with freemium, i will keep hacking my games.

  • it would have been a great game if it would just stop crashing !
    every time i get hit in the windmill the game crashed and i have to get back there from the town how about some saves ?

  • Dan

    Too bad, I really enjoyed Dungeon Hunter 2. Would of paid upwards to 9.99 for this game. In game purchases really ruin it for me, I prefer to play a game at my own pace rather than depending on real money purchases to advance…

  • DannyGGG

    I remember when Dark Meadow by Phosphor Games went freemium. Everyone got pissed and Phosphor actually was pretty responsive. They actually listened and kept a premium and freemium version going side-by-side. We should assure a response when devs do this shit. I hope everyone complaining about it here downloaded the game and left a 1-star review in the App Store. And encourages their friends to do the same.

  • Max Tarias

    I don’t understand why people are so pissy about it having IAP. I mean, don’t buy it simple as that. I play Dh4. Love it. I only want them to update the game to be compatible with ios7 so I’ll stop crashing every time I find a new place, and 20times after. But other than that it’s a good game. I’ve never bought anything, I have a level 65 blade master, and I’m kicking ass legit and free. I rarely use potions, so I’ve never had to buy any. And I use my FREE gems for character upgrades such as the 2 locked slots in skills. And for unlock able characters.. Seriously guys, pvp is 1 gem per loss and 2 gems per win. The daily free wheel of fate gives 10 gems for the first star… Stop complaining about it having IAP. You can play the game free. Work for your stuff if you don’t wanna buy It with real money, like a real player. I’m not complaining, let the lazy people buy their way if they want.
    Also people complain about dps broken in multi. It’s not broken, it’s supposed to lower. In pvp if you dealt your normal 2-3k damages, you’d 1-2hit most players. It’s lowered to prevent fast kills. In co-op it’s lowered depending on how many players on in the room. It’s normal dps in coop if you play alone, but each additional player powers dps on all players in the room. It’s to add challenge as a team. It’s not broke, it’s balanced. Think a sec, would you want a player in pvp with level 65 like me to come in with you being level 10 and slap you for a critted 3-4k with my near 200%crit damage and kill you in 1 or 2 hits using lacerate? I think not. I’d dominate pvp inevitably then wouldn’t i. It’s balanced for fair play.