Could a price cut be on the cards for GTA V?

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UPDATE: WE just got some good news about the GTA V price.

We posted a scary article about the possible incoming price of GTA V back in December 2012; basically that GTA V will be landing locally with a RRP of R799, blowing all previous prices out of the water.

And that was before our Rand tanked! There could, however,  be some good news on the horizon.

A UK retailer has just revealed that the price for their special edition version of GTA V will drop from £64.99 to £54.99. That’s a R150 saving right there and could therefore bring our price down to R650 at least for the standard edition.. if the saving happens across the board.

Unfortunately I simply cannot see this happening at all. Right now the standard edition of GTA V is being pre-ordered for £39.99 which works out in a direct conversion to R605.

That’s before we take into consideration the extra costs of selling the title here thanks to shipping costs and the smaller market base. In fact I can’t see how our game prices aren’t all going to be bumped up by at least R100, more likely R150, if our exchange rate doesn’t stabilise very soon. If you are reading this Zuma, please stop making public announcements. The markets don’t trust you.

So are you ready to pay R800 for a video game?

UPDATE: The new RRP for GTA V will be R729, although expect that price to drop when throwing pre-orders into the mix. Right now, CNA has the lowest price, at R599.

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Author:Gavin Mannion

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  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    R800 for a game?!?!?

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Agreed, its R700 more than my max per game currently

      :)

      When is it time for the steam summer sale again?

      • Hammersteyn

        Don’t know, but GOG has a massive summer sale going on.

        • LordCaptainAwesomeness

          Checked that out yesterday, and thanks to whomever had the link up yesterday (I think you Mr Steyn), my budget is pretty much ruined

          • Hammersteyn

            My budget is used either for games or the pub. These days I stay home a lot.

          • LordCaptainAwesomeness

            The Pub? Now there is an idea for later…. mmmmh Beer

        • Argentil

          PS+ is looking more and more inviting.

          • Hammersteyn

            Yeah, I bought Tekken 2 for R22 last week. Talk about nostalgia

      • Trevor Davies

        Good new: Should be soon :D
        Bad news: Should be soon :(

        My poor wallet is already cringing in anticipation.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      It happened for a while during the Ps2 era; top tier console games came in at R799. It was frightening.

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        Soon the specials are going to be:
        “Get GTV 8 for R3500 and recieve a free PS4 with contoller!”

      • ElNicko

        How much did MGS cost when it first came out on the PS2 – sure it was close to R700 or more . and that was 1213 years ago.

      • Argentil

        Ja, If you adjust for inflation, we’re still not at that level of crazy.

      • ALKi1234

        i payed R800 for little big planet back in the day at look and listen.coming from uk with lots of cash to spend it didn’t really bother me…..but really that is crazy!

      • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

        I remember buying God of War 2 for R599 while a PS3 game was selling for R549. I asked the chap at CNA WTF??????? and he just smiled.

  • Matthew Holliday

    R669 actually
    http://www.takealot.com/gaming/action-adventure/grand-theft-auto-v-ps3,10813171

    still expensive, but atleast in similar range to other mega titles

    • Hammersteyn

      I’d be more than happy to pay R700. More than R700 is a problem.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        If its R800 bucks its a simple solution Called trade in old games lol

        i will make damn sure I got GTA 5 on sep 17, Hell if I have to will buy from Cna on account! lol

        • Hammersteyn

          I already trade in to bring the price down from R700. The CNA option is a good idea.

        • Marc O Polo

          only game i ever traded in was fable (i forget what number). i always go back to my old games… unless they crap but then they have virtually no trade in value so why bother.. if you take hours of entertainment into account R700 is still not bad…

          • Kobus Nel

            I’ve got 560 hours in BF3, a AAA title I didn’t pay R700+ for. Such a price is unacceptable.

      • Kobus Nel

        Don’t be a lemming. We should stand together and make them show that such prices are ridiculous by not giving in to their propaganda indoctrinating most ppl like you. Other AAA titles will follow suit if we give in to one like this. If most other AAA games can be purchased for less, why should I pay like 50% more for this one!? Negative!

  • Hammersteyn

    LOL Zuma talking is like putting the Lehman brothers in charge of a countries banking system.

  • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

    All extra cash must be going into developing the PC version ;)

  • RinceWind

    Enter OVG rant 9000 plus

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      800 plus

  • Trevor Davies

    It’s times like this I really feel for my console brothers. I won’t even pay R500 for a new PC release.

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    Megarom said that all Rockstar games will be more expensive like Max Payne 3 sold for R599 because it is a Take Two Interactive title and we are getting better quality.

    • Trevor Davies

      …and it was blessed by an indian shaman on top of a deserted mountain by the light of the new moon.

      • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

        True story

        “Rockstar have provided gamers with top pedigree of gaming franchises,
        the pricing reflects a tremendous amount of effort, quality and value
        that consumers will receive on their final purchase of the product.
        Exchange rates also have a major influence on our pricing structures,
        should the current exchange rate favour us closer to release, it may
        then be possible to bring the pricing down,”

        • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

          A pity SHIT games do not sell for cheaper than their worth.

          • RinceWind

            What do you mean? Aliens: Colonial Marines is down to R450!

          • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

            FUUUUUUUUUUUUCK I will see you in a tick Im off to BT.

          • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

            lol click ion the December link and read the comments. Shit got heated

          • RinceWind

            send to me

          • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

            It is underneath that crazy fuck from Top Gun.

          • RinceWind

            Oh shit that is funny :)

          • Hammersteyn

            Even back then the Admiral was going on about steam specials

          • TiMsTeR1033

            That game aint worth R50 bucks

          • HvR

            The 30min I wasted in it I feel I should be paid for the time spent testing the damn thing.

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            Best GAME EVER!!!!!……..to start a fire with.

          • Trevor Davies

            That’s crazy talk. Burn the heretic!

          • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

            Cars 2 and God of War 2 both sold for R599.

            Imagine if James Cameron slapped R499 on the AVATAR DVD because his production values were better.

            Only Videogames get away with this shit.

          • RinceWind

            I thought he did? It’s called THREE FUCKING D!

        • Trevor Davies

          I remember that. Rockstar is one developer who I’ll give the benefit of the doubt regarding a story like this.

    • DieJason

      Maybe I should just play through Red Dead Redemption again. Good times.

      • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

        Reminds me, I need to find the GOTY pack with that zombie shit.

        Red Dead was one of this gens master pieces.

        • DieJason

          I traded in my vanilla RDR for the GOTY version earlier this year. It deserves another playthrough.

          Actually just finished up GTAIV Episodes from Liberty City, no need for me to rush to get GTAV anytime soon.

          • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

            As I said, GTAV will be R299 by March. I also need to pick up Max Payne now that it is R499 cheaper.

          • DieJason

            I don’t think so hey. GTA is like COD, price will stay high for a while. PREMIUM PRICING

            I won Max Payne, was a good game, should maybe play that again too.

        • Kobus Nel

          Then they should have advertised it better. It not once sparked the slightest shred of interest for me.

          • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

            They did not market it that well as it was kind of a side project with a 60 million dollar budget.
            But darn it kicked the 7 shades of Wilde Erp out of GTAIV. It even took the dev team by surprise.

            Masterpiece. Get it now.

          • Kobus Nel

            Umm, nah. Horses, western, yellow-belly red-neck scum style shit ain’t my cup of tea. Enjoyed GTA4. – GG. Thank you, come again.

          • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

            I have never heard of anybody who never enjoyed a Clint Eastwood movie like The Good The Bad and The Ugly.
            Different strokes for different folks.

          • Kobus Nel

            True.

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    Like MAX PAYNE 3 just wait 3 months before the price drops 100%.

  • VinTaco

    The special edition is going for R750 at Kalahari by the way.

  • CypherGate

    Imagine it has come to this…. Buying a freaking game on credit and paying it off… a freaking game lol Its so odd to see that happening. I can understand if you bought multiple games on credit, but one? Thats just crazy. I think R700 max for a NEXT gen is ok, but current gen prices should drop at least down another R100 – R150.

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    Ever Since I have been cutting out Fast Food from my life I find I have way more money than I did in the previous months … not only do I feel healthier but I now have more money for other things ………………………….. that my wife is now asking me to buy :(

    • Sir Twakkus

      Thats always a problem. As soon as we made a bit more the month than usual, then suddenly we need new drapes etc etc.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Lol hey, you know that new throw for the couches is ESSENTIAL to our day to day living that we never needed last month … gotta love them though :) I love you dear… in case you might be reading

        • Argentil

          A dishwasher is a life-changing purchase! And a tumble-dryer, a new gas oven. ALL OF THESE ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO MY WELL-BEING!

          In all seriousness though, I wish we had a dishwasher.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            LOL so do I, It’s on the list of things, man, standing and washing dishes is a huge drag … besides the nice feeling of warm water on your hands lol …
            If my wife has to tell me all the things she needs in a txt file, I’m pretty sure she would write it just like that, all in caps :P
            again, love you boo boo wherever you are now

          • Sir Twakkus

            Hahaha, dude… I think you should buy some flowers on the way back home today.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            I think so too! ….. gosh think I need to work late now lol

          • Sir Twakkus

            That is the first thing they teach at Marriage 101: Buy dishwasher.

          • Argentil

            Haha, word.

      • Wtf101

        Doth Mother know you weareth the drapes?

        • Sir Twakkus

          She knows, but she thinks I only wear them on Tuesday… Surprise!!

  • GTA Freak!

    if you all hurry, then you can pre-order GTA 5 at CNA for freakin R599! apparently its valid till 7 July..
    http://mygaming.co.za/news/features/55428-gta-v-whos-offering-the-cheapest.html

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Thanx for the update man :)

  • Trebzz

    I payed R900 for GTA IV when it just came out and regretted that day ever since so yeah Kalahari already has my money and now i wait.

  • Avithar

    This is a joke i hope, although i would pay for the asking price for this mega title…

  • Wtf101

    Any idea what the price for Saints Row IV will be??!!

  • Kobus Nel

    I think the price drop could be coz of them realizing that they’re not getting the amount of pre-orders that they were hoping for. Why? Coz the price is rediculous! So let’s all stop pre-ordering, and it might drop again before launch. Then I’ll settle for a more reasonable price :)

  • Kobus Nel

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