Sony’s website asks for an astronomical sum for Maneater, an open-world shark game with PlayStation Plus Extra.
Open-world shark game Maneater was briefly listed at an outrageous price on the PlayStation Store. The popular game was first released in 2020 and is often found in multiple digital sales, as well as found a home in Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Sony’s PlayStation Plus Extra. Unfortunately, a player’s attempt to buy the Maneater resulted in the opposite of the sale.
In Tripwire Interactive’s Maneater, players control a shark seeking revenge against the humans who killed its mother. In the fun gameplay, the bull shark grows by devouring smaller sea creatures until it becomes strong enough to take on tougher opponents. The whole game is like a bloodier, more modern version of Odell Down Under. This makes it one of the highlights of PlayStation and Xbox’s respective subscription services.
Just this year, Sony introduced the new levels of PlayStation Plus, which combined the now-defunct PlayStation Now service. This makes the full service a nice competitor to Xbox Game Pass, which has been joined by a number of AAA games, as well as slightly smaller gems like Maneater. However, when Reddit user Krazylegs127 tried to claim the game on PlayStation Plus Extra, he noticed that the listed price was only slightly higher than the usual $20-$40. Hopefully no one tried to buy the game at the time, because that price was a hefty ten thousand pounds (the equivalent of twelve thousand sheets in US dollars today).
Online pricing errors are nothing new, occasionally treating consumers to serious discounts or sometimes even free games. Prices can easily go the other way for various reasons. Among other things, due to inflation, the production costs may fall into the lap of the consumer. For example, Sony itself recently introduced a price increase for the PlayStation 5 in several non-US countries. While this may be reasonable for a physical product, there is little precedent for digital products to receive a sudden price increase. However, in the case of Maneater, it appears that this is simply a bug.
Luckily for Krazylegs127, it seems he subscribed to PlayStation Plus so he was able to download the game for free. And to be fair, 100% off ten thousand dollars seems like a pretty good deal for any game.
Maneater is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.