Modern Warfare 2 Leading A Massive Price Hike For All Games

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Modern Warfare 2 is easily one of the most highly anticipated games of 2009 and it’s safe to say that it is probably going to sell so many copies that hotcake vendors will probably have to start saying “Wow, these hotcakes are selling like Modern Warfare 2’s”.

There is a slight… no scratch that, massive problem though and it all has to do with the fact that pricing for the game has been revealed in the UK and it’s a going to be a whopping 33% higher than usual triple-A titles, sitting at a whopping £55.00 whereas most new titles are currently selling at the £40 mark.

What’s even more scary is that it is being reported that other publishers are going to jump onto the price-hike bandwagon soon as well.

Are we all screwed? More after the jump.

Further investigation into the matter has revealed that the reason for the massive price hike is due to the weakening pound (especially to the Euro), which means that there may be hope for us yet.

If the price increase affects us in the same way, we could be looking at a rather scary price tag of up to R929.00. If however, the prices in the UK don’t affect us, which we can only hope for, the price will be relatively normal to what we are paying now.

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Even worse, as mentioned earlier, is that there are warnings that other publishers will quickly be following Activision’s lead and upping their prices as well.

We have contacted Megarom for a comment on the matter, so stay tuned as we will update you all on the matter as soon as we can.

Source: MCVUK

Last Updated: July 17, 2009

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Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

  • janrik

    Only thing that is going to do is push the piracy rate up. :pirate:

  • nazcanlines

    the only people that will be screwed in the long run will be the industry. Every industry has a bubble and this one is starting to approach its one. Just look at the crackdown article you posted earlier

  • Atomic

    yea, pitates… :pirate:

  • HAAAAHAAAAHAAAA! 3 words:

    NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

    You must be totally out of your mind to spend that much money on a game.

    I wonder what the PC version is going to be priced at.

  • 0rk0

    Not a problem, just don’t buy it until it becomes resonable again….
    …it’s that simple :biggrin:

  • Fox1

    Locally they tried the same with Gears 2 when it was released. It started off at R900, then 4 weeks later it was R600, two weeks later R500, and now R400 :w00t:

  • RSA-Ace

    So are our import prices affected by the Euro or Pound?

  • bob

    I love how every time a game does anything good or bad like this people always go, Pirate time! I love how pirates try like heck to justify their criminal ways..

  • sNaKe

    With the must-have-now syndrome most gamers tend to have, I wouldn’t count on it :/

  • Someone

    That’s because its true.

    People will find a way to get what they want
    The more people that “want” the better.
    Supply and demand.
    Same thing for cheaper in today’s economy is the only choice for many.

    I suppose what will happen the industry will realise that bumping the price for games only harm itself and innocent people.

    The gaming industry won’t vanish as there’s too much money to be made.

  • nazcanlines

    im no pirate but it approaches levels of fanboyism the way people are so anti-piracy. Piracy for many is a backlash to unreasonable prices. This applies to music now but smart artists (like Nine inch Nails) acknowledge the exorbitant cost but recognise people still have a want for the band’s music. They have given their latest albums away as free downloads, whilst often a limited run of super expensive collectors editions which have brought in significant revenue that covers the opportunity cost of offering the album as a free download. The few fans who want a hard copy are happy to be when provided with a choice and the rest get the album free, indirectly being marketed to in terms of drawing them into band merchandise and live performances, where the band can make some real money and the consumer can get a tangible memorable worth-paying-for experience in the form of a live show.

    I just wish other people within other media industries could recognise this trend, but ya i have no time for anti-pirate zealots, businesses should work with or around the consumer to provide value, piracy is a clear cry for inconsistent value.

    *prepares for the tidal wave of backlash*

  • It’s not as straight forward as that but I have always measured us against the Pound

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