Capcom is the latest big name to raise its game prices

Capcom is the latest big name to raise its game prices
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Joseph Kime

Published 

30th Nov 2023 10:55

The ongoing trend of price hikes in the gaming industry is alarming, and yet, it's unsurprising. All it takes is one AAA business to decide its games are worth more than any other, and suddenly, everybody else wants a piece of that pie.

It makes you yearn for the days (not so long ago) when Elden Ring was a mere $50. Now, we have to accept that the yearly offerings from EA Sports are simply valued at $70. It looks like another company is joining the club, and it could mean the future of your favourite franchises will cost a little more.

Capcom is starting to charge $70 for its games

A character casting a spell in Dragon's Dogma 2.
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The Dragon's Dogma 2 reveal date was undercut by a few leaks, but the excitement remains the same for the game's release, which is now set for March 22. Still, fans have picked up on a problem.

When trying to pre-order the game and lock in their copy, fans have discovered something that could indicate a big change for Capcom in the gaming industry. Dragon's Dogma 2 is available to pre-purchase for $70. Remember, Capcom games used to go for only $60.

Even though this is the first Capcom title to boast this price tag, it's alarming because gamers fear it could be the first of many for Capcom, all as it steps into new elevated pricing.

Capcom's president was keen for price hikes this year

Chun-Li gearing up for an attack in Street Fighter 6.
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We should have seen this coming, as earlier this year, Capcom President Haruhiro Tsujimoto revealed that he was interested in the idea of hiking the prices of its games. "Development costs are about 100 times higher than during the Famicom era, but software prices have not gone up that much," said Tsujimoto at the last Tokyo Game Show.

There were other signs, with grumbles that the mobile versions of Resident Evil Village and Resident Evil 4 remake were boasting a $60 price tag. Capcom joins other gaming giants like Nintendo and SEGA in sticking a few extra dollars on your fun. 

It's fair enough when looking after Capcom's teams, but that doesn't mean that fans won't protest. It might be a tough sell, in the most literal terms, but if any game can talk players around, it's Dragon's Dogma 2. Now, the game just has to be good.

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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