When major game developers started charging $70 for their high-budget titles, Capcom remained the pro-consumer choice when it did not. But that changed when the Japanese studio released Dragon’s Dogma 2.
In a historic first for the company that brought big titles, such as the Devil May Cry, Street Fighter, and Monster Hunter series, Dragon’s Dogma ushers the era that Capcom will be aligning with its peers when it comes to pricing.
Per Dragon’s Dogma 2 official website, the Standard Edition can be pre-ordered for $69.99, either in physical or digital format. Meanwhile, for $10 more, there is also the Deluxe Edition, which comes with more bonus content than the Standard Edition. Pre-ordering by itself, however, also comes with additional content, in the form of different weapons as bonuses.
The bump in pricing comes after Capcom President Haruhiro Tsujimoto, during the Tokyo Game Show in September, said how the current pricing of video games is “too low”. He added that the increase in the price would be a “healthy option” for the industry.
As told to Nikkei, Tsujimoto justified the hike in the price by comparing the cost of developing games back in the Famicom era to today, citing a 100 times disparity between the two.
In addition, the Capcom exec also highlighted the increased wages among employees as part of the reason.
Not blind to the idea of an economic slump, Tsujimoto insinuated that even though there is a recession, it does not necessarily stop people from spending on what they want, video games especially.
“High-quality games continue to sell,” he said.