[quote=“Kumiko”]Here’s the thing though…Production costs aren’t going to sky rocket. They may jump a bit in price for the developer to upgrade, but I don’t see the price of games doubling to make up for the extra cost.
The great thing about technology is that with time it becomes cheaper as more advance technology is released. And even this “advanced” technology may only have a very slight difference compared to its previous version. We all already know that the processors in the current generation of systems were already falling behind the PC processors that came out at the same time. So if a developer just invests in a better processor- but not the best one out there -, we’ll see a noticeable difference in graphics but without the top-notch cost.
Then on top of that, game engines evolve all the time. If you look at a game series with multiple installations during a set generation, you can see the improvements of how the game looks and flows over the years as developers better improve what was there. Yet, each installment is still released at the standard price.
Oh and by the way, games have always been in the $40-$60 price range with budget titles coming in at the $20-$30 range. My copy of Zombies Ate my Neighbors from KB back in the early 90s still has its price tag on it. It was marked down to $39.99 from $54.99. And that was this:
Upon which I spend the same amount of money for this:
So yeah…Regardless of how much game production improves, the retail price has always been about the same.[/quote]
I’m not so sure you understood the concept. Production costs aren’t going to skyrocket isn’t that what the articles I posted actually say has happened? either way 30 million to 60 million is double if that isn’t a skyrocket I don’t know what is unless you were expecting it to be billions or something. If they aren’t raising prices of games that means double the costs for the same income which means less profit. If its not a problem why are studios and such going under and talking about some of their games having disappointing sales. Yes games have been in the $40-$60 range the difference now is companies aren’t as well off as they used to be. Seriously why do you think companies are posting negatives unless you think their games are really bad.
Seriously PS2 was $300 at launch vs PS3’s $600 at launch double the price is a big difference what happens when PS4 is $800+ because of the tech. Not to mention Sony lost tons of money on it more than they gained on the PS2 previously which is quite sad.
Not every game can be a Halo, Mario or God of War, ECT. If their costs increase game makers are going to raise prices on games or do some other thing such as remove content, make shorter games, ect to make up for the fact they have to pay more.