We asked three PS4 developers how expensive their games are

The answers we got ranged from the frank to the philosophical, but development costs -- and studio headcount -- are clearly going to rise for those making triple-A console games this coming generation.

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cl19831921d ago

Save everyone a click none answered the question.

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dcbronco1921d ago

Of course not. They won't be too much more than current. Tools are getting better. But why not leave open the option to charge more by not answering the question.

morkendo231921d ago (Edited 1921d ago )

let's see I'll take a wild guess at this

current console games (ps3) in the state of wa.
run about 59.99 plus sales tax 64.38 so 4.38cent tax or increase. either ps4 games be 69.99 or 72.99 including tax 69.99=74.38 or 72.99=77.38 might not be accurate but a ball park guess.

either way they will be EXSPENSIVE!!!

SORRY,at those prices i'll stick with my ps3 until sales,lower price announcement for ps4 even then wait til a game i like on sale 29.99.

m-s-8-21921d ago

You're basing that on nothing but speculation.

Anywho, I haven't paid more than 47.99 for a new release game with no sales tax and free shipping and even less if it's not a game I want as soon as possible. Newegg is you're friend.

RankFTW1921d ago have all PS4 games announced so far priced at £48 for pre order.

dcbronco1920d ago (Edited 1920d ago )


Computers get more and more powerful every year and the games cost less than consoles. As hard as it was to program for the PS3, they still kept prices at $60. Now they have two systems that are modified computers and the modifications are things that make programming easier and people think because the games look better it had to be more expensive. The word corporation is synonymous with pimp. Well, only kinda because people make it so easy for them.

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PurpHerbison1921d ago

What is up with the improper use of the word "troll" on this website?

Knight_Crawler1921d ago (Edited 1921d ago )

Pricing on next gen games is going to be the deal breaker for me...the most I am willing to pay next gen for AAA games $69.99 and not a penny more.

If games cost more than that then I am done with gaming.

Also PS3 and 360 should cost about $30 at launch.

1nsomniac1921d ago (Edited 1921d ago )

So your saying PS3 & 360 games should launch at £15??

I think games are too expensive to but dont be silly!!

A sensible & accurate price to suit both customer & developer should be £25 - Which is what PC games retail at & was also the biggest platform earner last year surprisingly enough!

REALgamer1921d ago (Edited 1921d ago )

I'd love to only have to pay $69.99 for console games...sounds like a dream come true to me!

We pay $100 US for new games here in Australia, and have for every generation previous (except PS3 games were $119.95 on launch). Nintendo 3DS games cost $69.95 US new here.

Have a look (Gamestop is branded as EB Games here):

Jockamo1920d ago

Man, Australia is messed up. Their torrent sharing must be through the roof...

DeadlyFire1921d ago

The Alternate source states .99 cents to $60 bucks.

On pricing, Tretton said that the PS4 is "designed with the game developer in mind and the consumer in mind," and will offer games with prices ranging from $0.99 to the more traditional $60 range with the ability for players to sample games before they buy.

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Bahpomet---1921d ago (Edited 1921d ago )

i dont care about the games i want my console looking hot its not about the ram or the games or the controller its all about the box underma tv
derp sarcasim dont work a nowadays

FlameBaitGod1921d ago

I'm already made of fire :)

ElectricKaibutsu1921d ago

"Fire? I was born of this!" Sorry, that reminded me of a line from Constantine.

stage881921d ago (Edited 1921d ago )

Don't forget, those who think they can't afford them, PS+ has got your back.

Ripsta7th1921d ago

HAHA yur crazy, PS + wnt offer ps4 retails games at the start, maybe a year later.

stage881921d ago

Ok so:

1. You own a time machine
2. You're a top Sony executive

I'm willing to bet none of these but thanks for your input.

Ripsta7th1921d ago

Let me borrow yours then , since your over here claiming PS + has got our back

juandren1921d ago

It will offer retail games you imbecile. And will obviously be discounted for PS+ users

rainslacker1921d ago

It's a reasonable assumption since all games coming out will want to make their money off retail and DD before they go to the IGC. They may offer up some freebies, but don't expect the AAA games to be there unless Sony wants to push PS+ subscriptions. UC4 on PS+ would be a huge boom for them for sure. Wishful thinking though.:)

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1nsomniac1921d ago (Edited 1921d ago )

Come on people, get real. You honestly believe PS+ will offer brand new full retail PS4 games at launch!?

..or are these comments sarcasm again, I cant tell on here anymore?

Qrphe1921d ago

So Evolution and Guerrilla said it was a small incremental increase. Ubisoft Montreal said it depends on the tools and expertise of the studio. I'm ok with this.

REALgamer1921d ago

Generally it will increase of the generation as gamer's demands increase.

The number of people who worked on Call of Duty 2 at the launch of the Xbox 360 is nowhere near how many were required for Modern Warfare 3, for example. Same with Assassin's Creed 1 compared to 3.

ziggurcat1921d ago (Edited 1921d ago )

if it's not the same price, then probably $5 - $10 more.

although, most people probably don't realize that the last mortal kombat game on PS3/X360 was $69.99 when it was first released...

Steadyhndz1921d ago

I don't know where you're from but if you're using the $ sign then I'm assuming USA. Games started at $60 here, and always been that way.

Qrphe1921d ago

They're talking about development costs, not retail cost of game.
IF we were to make an assumption based on what's said in the article and the fact that more expensive games would scare people away, I'm gonna say pricetags will remain the same for the most part.

joab7771921d ago

Yeah, i think i read $60 again. I wish there were benchmarks. publishers must send out 100 copies of the game to impartial gamers. These gamers get questionaires concerning length, quality, etc. Then they send them back and a board or something determines the price to be charged. It will need to be regulated. This could work in some form (i know how ansurd it sounds). I would love it because i wouldnt mind paying $70 for some games that r great, took 3 yrs and 100 million to make. I dont want to pay $60 for a 6 hr campaign or an unfinished or unpolished mess.

Unfortunately, if games remain $60, but production costs go up, the money will have to be made elsewhere. Especially early on in a consoles cycle before many ppl own one, and if the economy stays down (ie. Sony and microsoft havnt posted their best numbers, sony has big issues), and ppls cost of living goes up, it could get dicey. EA has talked about free to play which menas micro transactions. I would plan to see lots of dlc, subscription fees. It wouldnt surprise me if MS or sony released a cheap cosole with a monthly fee like smartphone. Everyone gets one but they get a constant revenue stream. There may be offers by both to sell games digitally to cut out retailers. Its gonna get interesting because neither can afford to lose alot of money in 2014 so revenue will have to come quick. Its not my fathers video games industry anymore. Oh wait, i am old. Its not my industry anymore.

1nsomniac1921d ago (Edited 1921d ago )

I remember buying Turok on the N64 for £75. So that would of been around $150 RRP from 'GAME' or as it was called back in the day 'Electronic Boutique'.

Developers or even publishers will charge what ever they think they can get away with. Price increase has nothing to do with making their money back, its all about profit. If people start saying these games cost more publishers will realise that they will be able to increase prices & get away with it. They will set the price high before possibley lowering it to a reasonable increase.

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