With the rising cost of game development, it was only a
matter of time before the costs were passed onto the consumer. Higher
resolution graphics means that more attention and effort must be placed into
the artwork and more complex game engines require a greater amount of
programming. It should come as no surprise, then, that PlayStation 3 games are
to be priced $10-20 more than PlayStation 2 games.
While Sony has not made any official announcement concerning
the average selling price of its PlayStation 3 software, everything is all but
confirmed after browsing through Sony’s own e-commerce site. SonyStyle.com
lists seven titles for pre-order: Blazing
Angels: Squadrons of WWII, Tony Hawk Project 8, Call of Duty 3, Marvel:
Ultimate Alliance, Sonic the Hedgehog, Full Auto 2: Battlelines, and Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom.
Many XBOX 360 games already carry this next-generation price
tag, although most first-party titles carry a $10 break at $49.99. Nintendo has
also confirmed that its first-party games for the Wii will be under $50. While
there is little information on whether or not third-party Wii games will come
at a premium, a quick browse through Wal-Mart and Amazon shows that some
third-party titles are sticking to $49.99. However, Activision’s cross-platform
titles (Tony Hawk Project 8, Call of Duty
3, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance) all retail for $59.99 regardless of console.