Both Forspoken and Final Fantasy 7 Remake appeared on Steam and Epic with a $70 price tag
While games for next-gen consoles are typically priced at $70, PC games have so far been able to avoid any price hikes. The logic here was that new AAA games have been at $60 for more than a decade, and with the price of producing new games going up and up, it was necessary to raise the price of next-gen games.
That’s the logic of some CEOs, at least. Not everyone is convinced that a $70 price tag is something the gaming public can stomach. Last year, when the first next-gen games began appearing with a $70 price tag, the move was undoubtedly controversial and remains so today.
And now that controversy has reached the PC market. Square Enix announced release dates for two of its games at last night’s Game Awards. Forspoken will arrive in May, while Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Integrade will arrive on PC via the Epic Games Store next week. Shortly after the trailers were released, the Epic Games and Steam pages had the surprise $70 price tag.
PC gamers have not taken that price lightly. Multiple posts have appeared on Reddit criticising the price hike, especially in the case of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, a game that’s been out for almost two years now and first, came to PS4 with a $60 asking price. Not only that, but it’s also going to be an Epic exclusive for a year, even after already being a PlayStation exclusive for the last two.
“It’s up to you how you spend your money,” wrote one PC gamer on Reddit, “but in my opinion, this publisher is absolutely not worth your money.” It remains to be seen whether other PC game makers will start pricing their titles at $70, however, Square Enix certainly seems to be leading the way. We’ll have to wait and see if it’s a price PC gamers are willing to accept, at the moment, they don’t seem too happy.