Microsoft and Sony have both said that they expect to sell their next-gen games for the same price we’ve been paying for ages; $60. In South Africa, that $60 translates to anything between R499 and R799, depending on who’s brought them in. third party publishers, however, can charge what they like – and it seems that EA at least will be bumping up its game prices.
"At present, the only publisher to confirm costs of their next generation games are EA, attaching a price of £54.99,” says UK’s Game. The usual recommended retail prices for games in the UK is £49.99.
And you though that removing online passes was a gesture of goodwill? Hah!
That translates to nearly $82 with current exchanges – but Europe (and by extension, South Africa) is always subject to extra taxes and levies. It means our friends across the pond could expect to pay $70 for their next-gen EA games, and we could be looking at about R800 a game.
Hopefully, the price bump isn’t a global one – and if it is, that no other publishers follow suit. Gaming’s already bloody well expensive enough as it is.