Starting next year, Microsoft will increase the price of first-party games from $60 to $70, along with other publishers and video game companies doing the same. Welcome to the $70 game eraeveryone.
For a few years now, publishers and developers have been hinting that game prices will increase as development costs increase and online games that are expensive to maintain become more and more popular. And while some $70 games come out with the launch of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S in 2020, it won’t be until this fall that we see more industries move to the new price point, higher than this with the release of $70 games like Knights of Gotham, Modern War II and God of War Ragnarok on PS5. And next year, Microsoft—which has limited price increases this holiday season—joins other publishers and developers in this new, more expensive era of video games.
According to the report of IGN early this morning, Xbox has confirmed that future first-party games developed for the next-gen Xbox console will cost $70 starting next year. This includes titles like Bethesda’s highly anticipated sci-fi RPG star school as well as Arkane’s vampire shooter failure and next Forza . sports car racing.
“These prices reflect the content, scale, and technical complexity of these titles,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. IGN. “Like all games developed by our team at Xbox, they will also be available with Game Pass on the same day they launch.”
Kotaku contacted Microsoft about the price increase.
This increase isn’t too surprising since the entire industry seems to be moving towards games and subscriptions that cost $70. Even Xbox boss Phil Spencer hint of an increase in October, showing that the company can’t and won’t hold prices forever, adding that the price of games, Game Pass or Xbox consoles will likely increase after the 2022 holiday season. And now , when a year has passed, here we are, and here are the $70 Xbox games.
Some might be quick to point out that this price increase won’t be an issue for many as Xbox Game Pass will continue to provide access to all future Xbox first-party releases. on consoles and PCs. In 2020, head of Xbox marketing Aaron Greenberg wonders if the price of a game matters to Game Pass. But for people who only like to 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 interesting to wonder at what price star school or failure will be out at the time they give the original scheduled release date of 2022 instead of delayed until 2023. Will Microsoft make the $70 change this year or will it let star school and/or release the vampire shooter as the last $60 first-party game before making this change?