Capcom recently held a special showcase for its upcoming action-RPG, Dragon’s Dogma 2. The game is currently slated to launch on 22 March next year, though players might have to fork out a little extra cash this time to play the latest game from the publisher. In fact, this will be the first Capcom game to be priced at $70, jumping on the trend of major gaming companies raising the prices of AAA video games.
In the US, the standard edition of Dragon’s Dogma 2 is listed for $69,99 while the Deluxe Edition costs $79,99 (and contains a few extra goodies). Essentially, the upcoming action-RPG will cost $10 more than Street Fighter 6 and the Resident Evil 4 remake, both of which sell for $60.
As reported by Video Games Chronicle, Capcom president Haruhiro Tsujimoto reportedly stated during Tokyo Game Show this year that games should cost more to buy due to the increasing budgets behind most AAA games today:
“Personally, I feel that game prices are too low. Development costs are around 100 times higher than they were in the days of the Famicom (NES), but the price of software hasn’t risen so much. There is also a need to raise wages in order to attract talented people. Given that wages are rising across the industry as a whole, I think the option of raising unit prices is a healthy form of business.”
Tsujimoto does have a point as AAA game budgets have significantly increased over the past few decades where it’s costing hundreds of millions to develop newer titles while the price of games only gradually increased. That said, most players have come to accept the new $70 price tag for games as more and more publishers leaned into it this generation, though there are some that feel pushing those boundaries might be a little too much for consumers to keep up with.
Dragon’s Dogma 2 launches on 22 March 2024 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Video Games Chronicle