Besides learning the release date for Capcom’s hotly anticipated role-playing sequel Dragon’s Dogma 2, the company’s latest showcase also revealed that it’ll be the Japanese video game company’s first-ever US$70 game, with the deluxe edition being priced at US$80.
Venturing into uncharted territory, Capcom has held back from selling games at this new price point prior, notably with the release of Street Fighter 6 priced at US$60 on release.
This follows Capcom president Haruhiro Tsujimoto’s sentiments that prices of video games were “too low”. Speaking at the Tokyo Game Show in September, Tsujimoto believes games should increase in price to reflect how expensive they are to make.
“Development costs are about 100 times higher than during the Famicom era. There is also a need to raise wages. Considering the fact that wages are rising in the industry as a whole, I think raising unit prices is a healthy option for business.”
He added that games should still be priced higher despite economic uncertainties, as it has “little to do with the game industry.” “High-quality games will continue to sell. Just because there’s a recession doesn’t mean you won’t go to the movie theater or go to your favorite artist’s concert.”
Prior to Dragon’s Dogma 2, Nintendo and Microsoft respectively released The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Starfield for a pricier US$70. Other titles released this year that bore this fee include titles like Hogwarts Legacy, Dead Island 2, and Forspoken.
Dragon’s Dogma 2 is set for release on 22 March 2024, on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.
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