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Five million Russians are practising their Warface

It looks like Crytek's gamble on a free-to-play future is paying off. Warface, their self-described "AAA 4 Free" FPS, can now boast an impressive 5 million registered users in its Russian test market.

"Reaching the five million registered users mark speaks volumes about the quality and appeal of Warface," opines Vladimir Nikolsky, VP of Warface's publisher, the Mail.Ru Group. "With a combination of first-class visuals and gameplay that is second to none, Warface stands out from the crowd and promises to attract even more attention from players in the future." Admittedly, he's biased.

Warface is Crytek's attempt at bringing "console game quality" (sigh) to the free-to-play market. The CryEngine 3 powered shooter is holding its closed beta tests in Europe and North America, and is still listed for release in the fast-fading twilight of 2012. With this year already seeing the likes of Tribes: Ascend and Planetside 2, are you planning to join Russia in its mass display of Warface?

Thanks, Joystiq .

Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.