After 2K Games recently announced a next-gen price increase for its PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of NBA 2K21, the question has been raised whether or not other publishers will follow. 2K Games are planning to charge an extra $10 for any upcoming next-gen games raising the RRP in the US to $69,99. Ubisoft, on the other hand, won’t follow…. for now. The company claims all next-gen games released by the end of 2020 will still retail for $59,99.
Don’t get your hopes up though. The company is vague about its pricing plans for the future.
“Those games” could mean the company might push a new price agenda in 2021 with any new titles. Any current releases which include Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla are still set at $59,99. All current Ubisoft titles in development for current-gen also offer free upgrades to the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions. This means you’ll play the usual for them without the need to fork out more when your new console arrives.
Big news: Ubisoft said on today’s earnings call that their next-gen games this fall will be the same price as current-gen games ($60). Take-Two had announced that NBA 2K21 will be $70 on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) July 22, 2020
Sony and Microsoft have yet to reveal any price points for their next-gen games. There’s a lot of talk about a price increase on the cards. 2K Games, while being one of the most money-hungry publishers on the planet, may set a trend for things to come.
In South Africa, new pre-orders for certain games have already seen a price increase. Usually, triple-A releases retailed for R999. They have since moved to R1,099 and now, upcoming Ubisoft games such as Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla are all sitting at R1,199 for console. Price increases are nothing new here. With that being said, next-gen games may see an even larger price hike later this year. Local gamers may have to reevaluate their budgets when looking at purchasing games.