Are PC game prices increasing? Square Enix is ​​offering two titles at €80 each

Not just next-gen consoles, even on PC some games will cost 80 euros. We say “some” because the phenomenon is limited for the moment: it could be a beginning or an isolated case, but let’s go in order. Square-Enix announced that the PC versions of Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade and Forspoken will cost €79.99 each, and we are not talking about a special edition but about the standard edition. Indeed, for the Digital Deluxe Edition of Forspoken, it will cost 105 euros.

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Most striking is the price of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which is coming to PC more than a year late due to its exclusivity deal with Sony. Not only that, the title is exclusive to the Epic Games Store, understood that it certainly hides some compensation for the publisher, and in any case it is not a “new” game, but a remake of a masterpiece. work of the past. Nevertheless, the title is offered at 80 €.

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As for the place Speakprobably the logic (or perhaps the excuse offered…) is the same that has accompanied several next-gen console games released so far: higher development costs, higher prices. President and CEO of analyst firm IDG, Yoshio Osaki, said last year that after prices rose from $49.99 to $59.99 at the start of the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation, price lists have remained unchanged despite production costs that have increased between 200% and 300%, depending on the game, the studio and the genre.

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“Even with the next-gen price increase of $69.99, this price increase from 2005 to 2020 for the next-gen is only 17%, much lower than other industries,” Osaki said. , implying that the raise was not objectionable to the cast.

We wonder if other publishers like Ubisoft or EA will follow and, at the same time, if faced with a greater expense we will get more, at least in terms of optimization: it is now increasingly rare to find a game that is not free of bugs, even significant ones, at launch .

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