Starting next year, Microsoft will raise the price of first-party games from $60 to $70, joining other publishers and video game companies doing the same. Welcome to the age of the $70 gameOh, people.
For a few years now, publishers and developers have been hinting at price increases for games as development costs rise and maintenance-cost online games become more popular. And while some $70 games came out with the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S in 2020, it wasn’t until this fall that we saw more of the industry move towards this new, higher price with the release of $70 games like Gotham Knights, Modern Warfare II And the God of War Ragnarok on PS5. And next year, Microsoft—who held back price hikes this holiday season—joins other publishers and developers in this new era of more expensive video games.
As I mentioned IGN earlier in the dayXbox has confirmed that future first-party games developed for next-gen Xbox consoles will cost $70 starting next year. This includes titles like Bethesda’s highly anticipated sci-fi RPG starfield As well as the Arkane vampire shooter Redfall Next Forza Motorsport.
“This price reflects the content, size, and technical complexity of these titles,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. IGN. “As with all games developed by our teams for Xbox, they will also be available with Game Pass on the same day they are launched.”
Kotaku I reached out to Microsoft about the price increase.
This increase isn’t too surprising since the entire industry seems to be turning to $70 for games and subscriptions. Even the head of Xbox Phil Spencer Hint towards the increase in October, suggesting that the company cannot and will not maintain its prices forever, adding that the cost of games, Game Pass, or Xbox consoles will likely increase after the 2022 holiday season. Now, as the end of the year approaches, here we are, and here they come. $70 Xbox Games.
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Some might be quick to point out that this price increase won’t matter to many because Xbox Game Pass will continue to provide access to all future Xbox first releases across console and PC. In 2020, Chief Marketing Officer at Xbox Aaron Greenberg wondered if the price of a game even mattered with Game Pass. But for people who prefer to only buy one or two games a year or who like to own their games and don’t want a monthly subscription, things are about to get a little more expensive.
It’s also interesting to wonder about the price point starfield or Redfall It would have released had it set the originally planned release dates for 2022 instead of It is being delayed until 2023. Was Microsoft going to make the $70 switch this year, or did they just let it be starfield And/or releasing the vampire shooter as the last $60 first party game before this change was made?
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