From Develop comes a rumor that Microsoft is now contacting studios "to discuss possible free-to-play game deals," while it builds an operating system for the 360 that incorporates a microtransaction service.
Develop says Microsoft offered no comment when contacted about the plans. The report attributed the rumor to "several sources connected to the matter."
This sounds much like what was rumored about three months ago, when IGN said Microsoft would be bringing free-to-play games to the service sometime in 2012. Yesterday's announcement that the beloved Team Fortress 2 was moving to a free-to-play model also tilts the industry further in this direction.