A few days ago, Square Enix officially opened preorders for Forspoken, the new open-world RPG from Luminous Productions, setting the Steam and Epic Games Store price at € 79.99. The price rise surprised PC users, who are used to paying about 10/15% less for video games due to the absence of royalties. Still, this may not be an isolated case, given that the company Japanese has adopted the same policy also with Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.
The latest version of the remake of Final Fantasy VII, shown during The Game Awards 2021 and coming out on PC after a year and a half of PlayStation exclusive, is offered in two versions on the Epic Games Store: € 79.99 for the Standard Edition and € 104.99 for the Deluxe Edition, with an artbook and digital soundtrack. This is a net increase in price, usually set at € 69.99 / € 94.99, and an extremely important precedent for the industry, given that it is very likely that other software houses will follow the path traced in the future by Square. Enix.
During the last quarter of 2020, Counterplay Games decided to offer Godfall at the launch price of € 79.99 on PS5, thus increasing the standard price of video games by about ten euros, while Take-Two Interactive proposed for the first time a paid next-gen upgrade with NBA 2K21. Today, both practices are considered the norm, and the same likely happens with the price hike on PC, as it is possible that publishers tacitly agree to increase earnings.
Square Enix has been asked about the matter, but no answer has yet been received.