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News has broke that NBA 2K21 on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will be released for $10 more for a total of $69.99, with the PlayStation 4, PC, Stadia, and Xbox One versions releasing for $59.99.
Obviously it remains to be seen if this pricing change will be reflected throughout the entire gaming industry, but it looks like something is going to happen. Shawn Layden, for example, stated at the Gamelab conference last month that the prices of games has remained constant since he entered the business, but the "cost of games has gone up ten times." He went on to further say that there's going to be some sort of collision between the cost of making games and how consumers react to the pricing changes.
Here's what the President of Visual Concepts, the developer of NBA 2K21, had to say:
"NBA 2K21 is a monumental leap forward for the franchise," stated president of Visual Concepts Greg Thomas.
"We're combining all of our experience and development expertise to craft the best game possible and for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, we are building the game from the ground up to take full advantage of next-gen power and technology."
NBA 2K21 will be released on September 4, 2020 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, STadia and PC, with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions releasing this fall. If you can't wait until Fall to play the newest NBA title, you will be able to buy a $99.99 version that will have access to the next generation version of the same game. So if you buy the PlayStation 4 Mamba Forever Edition, you'll eventually get the PlayStation 5 version as well.
Here's a hand-dandy sheet to see what exactly is going on with NBA 2K21 this year:
What do you think of this news? Do you think this is going to be echoed across the board for all next-gen titles? Do you think this will be a one-off? Let us know in the comments!