business news Increase in the price of PS5, KOTOR Remake, MultiVersus … this week’s business news
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- Sony raises the price of PS5 in France and other countries
- Star Wars KOTOR Remake changes hands
- MultiVersus: 20 million players and top sales
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Sony raises the price of PS5 in France and other countries
It’s an unprecedented decision that Sony made this week: raising the price of a console that was released almost two years ago. The PS5 actually sees its price increase in seven markets, including Europe, where it is now necessary to count €549.99 to acquire a model with Blu-ray player and €449.99 for the Digital Edition. A change that Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, justifies because “the global economic environment”marked off “high inflation rates as well as negative trends in the values of various currencies, which affect consumers and cause some pressure on many industries”.
“Due to these difficult economic conditions, SIE has made the difficult decision to raise the suggested retail price of the PlayStation 5 in certain markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Canada. There will be no price increase in the US”details the CEO PlayStation Blog. The US is therefore the only major market not affected. Undoubtedly, for a matter of exchange rate, the euro has fallen below the parity threshold with the dollar. Detailed below, the new prices are already effective, except in Japan, where the increase will take place on September 15.
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray player – €549.99
- PS5 Digital Edition – €449.99
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray drive – £479.99
- PS5 Digital Edition – £389.99
Japan (from September 15, 2022)
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray Drive – ¥54,980
- PS5 Digital Edition – ¥44,980
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray drive – 4,299 yuan
- PS5 Digital Edition – 3,499 yuan
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray Drive – $799.95 AUD
- PS5 Digital Edition – AU$649.95
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray Drive – MXN $14,999
- PS5 Digital Edition – MXN$12,499
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray Drive – $649.99 CAD
- PS5 Digital Edition – $519.99 CAD
This increase comes as the PS5 is still hard to find in stores. Jim Ryan remembers that too “(our) top priority remains to improve the PS5 supply situation”.
Last month we also saw the price of the Meta Quest 2 virtual reality headset increase by 100 euros for similar reasons. “The cost of making our products has increased”had indicated the company Mark Zuckerberg in his press release.
Earlier this week, Sony confirmed it PSVR 2 will be available in early 2023, but the price has not been specified. The company also unveiled the advanced DualSense Edge controller, again without announcing the price.
To notice it Microsoft has confirmed, in the columns of Windows Centralisn’t planning a price increase for its Xbox lineup. On his side, Nintendo had already said it had no intention of increasing the price of the Switch earlier this month from Nikkei
Star Wars KOTOR Remake changes hands
Last week, Embracer Group announced that one of its AAA projects has been moved to another member of its extensive studio family, without being more specific. Naturally, all eyes turned to the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) Remake, which was known to be in trouble since the revelations by Jason Schreier last July.
It was again the Bloomberg journalist who took up the pen to confirm the matter: first entrusted to the Texans from Aspyr, who worked on it for more than two years, is the reinvention of the cult RPG now in the hands of “one of Saber Interactive’s Eastern European studios”. An unsurprising transfer considering that the management of Saber Interactive had already announced in July that reinforcements would be coming, before development concerns were brought to light.
According to Schreier’s sources, executives from Embracer, Disney, and Sony—who invested in the project by giving themselves a temporary console exclusive—were all unhappy with the project’s progress. It is the first time that Aspyr, founded in 1996 and acquired by Embracer in early 2021, has been awarded a project of such magnitude, with the studio previously working on ports and remasters. Saber Interactive, whose studios have distinguished themselves by signing World War Z, SnowRunner, Evil Dead The Game or even the Switch port of The Witcher 3, seems to have more resources to fulfill the huge expectations surrounding the game.
No doubt this change will have a big impact on the development plan. Announced in September 2021, the game does not yet have an official release date, but it shouldn’t land for at least two years, according to Schreier.
MultiVersus: 20 million players and top sales
Launched in open beta a month ago, free-to-play MultiVersus has attracted more than 20 million players, announced Warner Bros this week. It is clear that the whole challenge for the American company will be to retain this base of players in the long term and get them to give in to the sirens of microtransactions.
It is clear that many of them have already taken the credit card. MultiVersus climbed to the top of the July sales chart in the US thanks to its Founder’s Packs, retails between €39.99 and €99.99. It thus overtook Elden Ring, which dominated the rankings since its release last February, LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Call of Duty Vanguard, MLB The Show 22, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Digimon Survive, Minecraft and F1 22.
Building on a roster of popular characters from several Warner Bros licenses (DC Comics, Looney Toones, Game of Thrones…), MultiVersus will evolve over the course of its content seasons, with for example the arrival of Rick & Morty , Black Adam and Stripe in Season 1.
For Warner Bros, this success is in addition to LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga, the second best-selling game of the year in the US behind Elden Ring and ahead of Pokémon Legends Arceus, Horizon Forbidden West and MLB The Show 22 And the American company ends the year in style with the release of Gotham Knights, scheduled for October 21st. Which makes up for the postponements of Hogwarts Legacy and Suicide Squad, both pushed to 2023.
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- And 4 million sales for Sunbreak, the expansion of Monster Hunter Rise, which reached 11 million.
- Bethesda veterans founded the Something Wicked studiowhich unveiled its open-world RPG wyrd song at gamescom. The team is led by Jeff Gardinerwho worked for almost 15 years at Bethesda on Skyrim, Fallout 3, Fallout 4 and Fallout 76, as well as of Charles Staples, who worked on Fallout New Vegas and The Outer Worlds at Obsidian. The Chinese giant NetEase invested $13.2 million in the studio.
- Good start for Farthest Frontier, the city builder from Crate Entertainment (Grim Dawn), which has achieved more than 250,000 sales since its early access release on Steam on August 9th.
- that SELL revealed a 100% Switch top 5 in week 32 of the best physical sales in France. We find in order Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Strikers Battle League Football, Nintendo Switch Sports, Animal Crossing New Horizons and Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
- Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Legacy of Kain or even Thief are now officially in the hands of the Embracer Group, which has completed the purchase of Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, announced last May.