NIS America, the (shockingly) American arm of Japanese company NIS, has announced that they will be raising the price of a variety of their games on PC based platforms. This will impact all the expected PC store versions including Steam, Epic Games Store, Microsoft Store, in addition to Google Stadia.
The NISA PC price hike will become effective on July 19th, when prices will raise on the following games:
It is worth noting that NIS America is generally one of the more unpredictable companies in regards to permanent price cuts. For example, Disgaea PC above had previously been cut down to $14.99, and The Longest Five Minutes had its price cute twice, when it was originally $49.99, before going to $19.99, and then finally $9.99.
This upcoming price hike runs against the usual trend of decreases but it does mean that if you want to get these games cheap, the time to do so is right now during the Steam Summer Sale where they are currently heavily discounted.
This is interesting, especially given how NISA is one of the few companies that consistently reduces the base price of its games. As mentioned above, the base prices of some of these have been cut a couple of times before, and in those cases it doesn't appear to be going to back the original price. This might be a financial necessity - sometimes a price decrease might not see the expected rise in sales or the price begins to fall out of line with the current market and other regions.
No matter the reasoning though, it doesn't change the fact that it really sucks if you were waiting on picking some of these up.
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