The first free-to-play title on the Xbox Live Arcade, Happy Wars, will be available next Friday, October 12.
The 15-on-15 “cartoon combat” game features “madcap free-for-all battles” as players take their cute critter into battle against other Xbox Live Gold players. Players will be able to fight in open fields, seize castles, and unleash powerful magic as they fight for their piece of the happy kingdom.
And because Happy Wars is a free-to-play title, players will also be able to customize their character’s looks, outfits, and equipment with Happy Stars (the developer’s cute name for in-game collectibles) or purchase them with Happy Tickets (the developer’s cute name for real-world cash).
So you use your cash to fund your credit card which is used to buy Microsoft Points which is turned into Happy Tickets which you can exchange for a cute costume. Sounds perfectly straightforward to me.