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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 07-05-2020, 04:39 PM - Thread Starter
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[TechSpot] More publishers are reportedly considering a price hike on next-gen console games

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Former Sony Chairman, Shawn Layden, recently commented on this 'unsustainable' production model and now it looks like publishers, who share the same sentiment, are considering raising prices for their next-gen console games.

Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, game research firm IDG noted that development costs for next-gen titles have risen by 200% to 300%, which could lead to a $10 price hike over current-gen titles. IDG President and CEO, Yoshio Osaki, explained that game pricing had remained flat since 2005 when it jumped from $49.99 to $59.99 during the PS3/Xbox360 era, while TV and movie costs rose significantly during this time.
Source: https://www.techspot.com/news/85869-...-next-gen.html

TBH, I would rather pay a little more for good games rather than have them be held back by dev costs or riddled with micro-transactions.

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yep.


the real price of a game has been above $60 for ages anyway.

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Quote: Originally Posted by UltraMega View Post
TBH, I would rather pay a little more for good games rather than have them be held back by dev costs of riddled with micro-transactions.
i dont think they're thinking of it that way, its probably a combination of both price hike *and* microtransactions.

on a side note, they have their priorities backwards.
they're aiming too high for their budget point, which is like having a construction plan of a billion dollar skyscraper with a budget of a million.
a properly managed team and a viable project is something that aims for a specific goal that they know fits within their budget, and they dont just make changes and add-ons onto their plan.

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The development cost of some games are as much or more than some blockbuster movies.
This will probably carry over to PC as well, unless this a response to possible increased licensing fees on consoles.

I don't buy a game until I can get the game plus the DLC's for less than $30.

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Zero chance we'll get price hikes in lieu of microtransactions.

We'll get price hikes AND more microtransactions, which will also get price hikes.

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I am fine with this. Games have been $60 for way too long. They can charge $200 if they want. All will depend on how people will react. This is not like selling a phone or a PC. Even a $10 per game sale is still profit.

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Games will be free of charge until $60 = same amount of money for everyone around the world.

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They can try whatever they want. They are going to learn real quick what unsustainable looks like with both stagnant pay checks and a recession.
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If you think they're gonna stop using mtx and predatory economies or go back to including content instead of slicing it up into season passes and DLC just because they raise the base price you haven't been paying enough attention.

Activision will continue firing people in record profit years, EA will keep finding new marketing terms for loot boxes and Ubisoft is gonna continue increasing the scale of their collecta-thon games just to sell you time savers.

You'll get more detailed blades of grass for this and despite that it will not change the practices of overworking or underpaying to get it. You will not get better content.

I was playing Deliver Us the Moon last night and in its short but compelling simplicity it struck me, the issue isn't that they don't charge enough to sustain these massive AAA games, the issue is that those games straight up don't need to be so big. They're unplayable and 70% of the side content is just minor distractions that wreck the pacing of the game and its story. Far too much time and money is focused on perfectionism for graphics and detail across massive scales all the while there's nothing actually worthwhile to do in these stupidly big landscapes. I don't want to spend 6 hours riding on a really beautiful horse for no real reason. Paying more won't make them better because they're deliberately designed in ways to extract as much money as possible for as long as possible from being garbage.

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Let's keep on topic here guys, no politics.

To be honest, a price hike was inevitable. I'm not happy about it, and I personally refuse to buy a game over $30 unless its really REALLY good. But we've been at the $59 price point now for what 13+ years?

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