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Is this crazy new pricing from Ubisoft for real?

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Ubisoft have a new racing game  – The Crew – coming out in the near future and while the genre appears to be quite cramped Ubisoft feel they are offering something unique that will help them succeed. I’ve played the game and it’s a lot of fun and if the game ends up being as good as the preview then it likely will do very well indeed.

Well that’s what I thought before I saw the insane pricing that Ubisoft may be testing out in Europe right now.According to some investigation by dualshockers the next gen versions of The Crew are currently available for pre-order from Gamestop for an incredible €100, or R1417 in local currency.

My first thought was that this was simply a retailer getting the price wrong but this price is repeated in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Not the exact price mind you, they are all a few cents apart which make it look less like a placeholder price.  In fact the German and Italian Gamestops are already accepting pre-orders at that price.

Locally I can’t find anyone listing a price for The Crew but if this new pricing is true I can’t see any other outcome than a massive failure for Ubisoft’s The Crew.

Oh and if you were wondering if this was an online issue only, here is a picture taken from inside a store

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However it’s not all doom and gloom right now as UPlay has the titled listed for a more reasonable €70, however that still works out to R1044. Now remember what I was saying about game prices going through the roof locally. Depressing isn’t it

Last Updated: March 3, 2014

91 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief in Vegas

    March 3, 2014 at 10:34

    My wallet just went into shock seeing that price for a game

    Reply

    • VampyreSquirrel

      March 3, 2014 at 10:34

      Mine dry heaved…

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 3, 2014 at 10:39

        Mine told me to stop gaming & get a cheaper hobby, like cocaine addiction.

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    • Willem Swanepoel

      March 3, 2014 at 10:41

      Brace yourself… STEAM SALES coming soon!! 🙂

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 3, 2014 at 10:44

        I haven’t found those to be that great recently either.

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        • Uberutang

          March 3, 2014 at 10:45

          Bought 4 copies of Sniper Elite Zombie Nazi army 2 for R110…. Not bad…

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          • Weanerdog

            March 3, 2014 at 10:49

            I don’t think Trevor likes snipers

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 3, 2014 at 10:49

            lol. You remembered!

          • Weanerdog

            March 3, 2014 at 10:58

            “… and I proceeded to continually track him down and kill him, so that when he saw me coming he would turn and run, bwaahahahaha(manic laugh)…”

        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 3, 2014 at 10:48

          True… I haven’t seen anything that grabs me… I’m getting scared with all the EA titles pitching up on Steam though.

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        • Willem Swanepoel

          March 3, 2014 at 10:49

          I am hooked on Indie games now. For some reason I am throwing my money at them.

          Latest purchase was Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar on Steam going to try it today, people say it was the Rome II that we wanted 😉

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  2. VampyreSquirrel

    March 3, 2014 at 10:34

    Damn, that’s insane pricing!!!

    I might have to start saying “AAAARGH” again at this rate 😛

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 3, 2014 at 10:38

      That’s almost one 6th of what I bought the PS4 for.

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      • VampyreSquirrel

        March 3, 2014 at 10:41

        I’ll stick to old gen (Xbox 360) and PC gaming… current gen can go shove itself… somewhere.

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  3. TiMsTeR1033

    March 3, 2014 at 10:36

    The end is near!! Make peace brothers and sisters!

    Reply

  4. Hammersteyn

    March 3, 2014 at 10:37

    Nope, not buying this even for R500

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  5. Uberutang

    March 3, 2014 at 10:39

    I saw a screen shot of PSN and it had BF Premium at R899? Surely not?

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      March 3, 2014 at 12:22

      I saw that yesterday on the store. Correct

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    • Gustav Willem Diedericks

      March 3, 2014 at 12:43

      Sounds about right. on PC you have to buy the game then buy Premium. BF4 Premium doesn’t include the base game.

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      • Maxiviper117

        March 4, 2014 at 14:49

        What about the delux edition

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        • Gustav Willem Diedericks

          March 4, 2014 at 18:22

          It’s not premium. You only get the China Rising pack. The rest you have to buy separately or get Premium.

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    • Maxiviper117

      March 4, 2014 at 14:50

      Its R500 for PC

      Reply

  6. Trebzz

    March 3, 2014 at 10:40

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 4, 2014 at 09:33

      Wait… R1000+ for Forza 5? The hell!!

      Reply

      • Trebzz

        March 4, 2014 at 09:35

        That site has no idea what they doing to be fair 😛

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          March 4, 2014 at 09:43

          Yeah they have some crazy prices, but I suppose you’re paying more because of importing costs (shipping etc).

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  7. Willem Swanepoel

    March 3, 2014 at 10:43

    Are the PS4 and XBOX One games locked to your account/console? Can you sell your used games on the new console and play 2nd hand games ?

    If it is not possible then I guess console gaming will be more expensive than PC gaming … I thought the idea was that console gaming should be cheaper … ;-/

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    • Gavin Mannion

      March 3, 2014 at 10:52

      No they aren’t locked to your account, you can resell them

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      • Willem Swanepoel

        March 3, 2014 at 10:53

        Then it is not that bad … pretty cool that they didnt lock that down on the new consoles.

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        • InsanityFlea

          March 3, 2014 at 11:32

          *yet

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        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          March 3, 2014 at 12:21

          It’s not bad if day one sales don’t drop. You can’t pick something up second hand if nobody bought it.

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  8. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 3, 2014 at 10:43

    HAHAHAHAHAHA Game prices won’t increase with next-gen they said HAHAHAHAHA Want a game for that shiny new console you just bought? HAHAHAHAHAHA

    Welcome to next-gen. Vaseline is a DLC.

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    • Willem Swanepoel

      March 3, 2014 at 10:45

      So people have to kak out R7000 for a console then another R800-R1000 for a game.

      Who said that console gaming is cheaper than PC ? 🙂

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 3, 2014 at 10:46

        Just get a PS4 & a Plus subscription. This only really affects people who buy day one. New AAA on PC isn’t that much cheaper anymore.

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        • Willem Swanepoel

          March 3, 2014 at 10:52

          I am saving my money for a few selected AAA games for day one purchase. I think we as gamers will have to start saving money or create a gaming piggy bank 😉

          Game sales will drop in SA… going to be a tough year

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 3, 2014 at 10:54

            Soon everyone will be praying for big titles to come to preplayed, then again when you pay R800 – R1000 I highly doubt people will trader them in so quickly as they did before.

          • Rikus

            March 3, 2014 at 11:11

            I saw my first preplayed PS4 title this weekend: Lego Marvel Superheroes. Still sold for R600. It was sitting next to the new copy, only R99 off (in this particular store).

          • Skyblue

            March 3, 2014 at 19:58

            Disagree – buy it, finish it and trade it in while it still has some value.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 3, 2014 at 10:57

            I’m buying one. Witcher 3. CDPR has never let me down. I might even splurge for a collector’s edition if there’s something awesome & physical in the box.

            Note to self: Remember to hate John for having a Witcher medallion.

          • RinceThis

            March 3, 2014 at 10:57

            HA ha! I am sure we could find a way to ‘remove’ it?

          • Willem Swanepoel

            March 3, 2014 at 10:58

            I said it before, I will even buy 2x Witcher 3 copies just because they are AWESOME 🙂

          • Skyblue

            March 3, 2014 at 19:57

            You would pay R 1 400 for a game?!? Insane.

          • Willem Swanepoel

            March 4, 2014 at 07:06

            I have not seen a PC game going for R1400 😉

            I do not own a PS4 so I am not worried about the insanely high prices.

            Even R600 for a PC game is fine for me. I do not buy a PC game every month and I do not have a problem to save money for something I want.

        • melodicmizery

          March 3, 2014 at 13:13

          ps plus gives you either games nobody is buying, games that suck, or the games that are good that they give you are usually less then 20$ at gamestop. they have one good month feb. every year that packs tons of games in that get left in the store the entire year. you break about even or slightly more if you were to buy those games without plus. unless you have a vita as well then you make out a little. i have close to 300 games, have had ps plus since day 1 and about 100 of those games i have no interest in playing more then 5 minutes they just start taking up space lol

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        • Skyblue

          March 3, 2014 at 19:57

          Disagree, new PC titles cost roughly 60% of their console counterparts. When games cost over R1000 I stop buying new titles. This move will increase piracy exponentially as well. I personally have not played a pirate game for several years but will not pay these prices should they prove to be accurate. Fortunately I have my Steam backlog to work through while these crooks put themselves out of business.
          The PS4 lineup on PS+ will be crap for another year or so as there aren’t that many games to play yet so you’re best off with a PS3 and a PS+ account.

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  9. Laby

    March 3, 2014 at 10:52

    All I have to say is Forza 5 ftw.

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  10. TiMsTeR1033

    March 3, 2014 at 10:52

    If this is the way things are gonna go, then seriously stuff Next gen consoles I will gladly go back to Pc and join the Master race.

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    • Willem Swanepoel

      March 3, 2014 at 10:55

      Then they want to add more DLC bs on top of that… then we start talking about R1500 for a game if you want to DLC

      Reply

    • ToshZA

      March 3, 2014 at 12:09

      I just bought FTL. R36. Well, free if you consider how I got the funds, but still, actual price R36. Fuck R1k.

      Reply

  11. RinceThis

    March 3, 2014 at 10:53

    Next gen pricing. Get used to it.

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      March 3, 2014 at 10:54

      more like make the shift to pcs

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 3, 2014 at 10:55

      Me buying one game instead of two, now they have to get used to it. Can’t tap blood from a rock.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 3, 2014 at 10:58

      No. I’ll read a book.

      Reply

  12. TiMsTeR1033

    March 3, 2014 at 11:01

    Looks like I may have to start buying Pc format again to brush up on my pc knowledge lol

    Reply

  13. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 3, 2014 at 11:05

  14. Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

    March 3, 2014 at 11:07

    At this rate it will work out cheaper to get a girlfriend O_o

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    • HvR

      March 3, 2014 at 11:08

      Hell it is even cheaper to get a few of those high end rental girlfriends.

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      • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

        March 3, 2014 at 11:10

        Or import a wife from Russia/Asia… Contract is always better than pay as you go

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        • HvR

          March 3, 2014 at 11:11

          Have you factored in shipping and import duties?

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          • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

            March 3, 2014 at 11:14

            Well they say it works out cheaper to ship in bulk… Anyone want to join me in getting a container?

    • RinceThis

      March 3, 2014 at 11:11

      !!!!!

      Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 3, 2014 at 11:13

      Except gfs get their bugs patched about as often as Batman AO.

      Reply

  15. InsanityFlea

    March 3, 2014 at 11:28

    This is something I couldn’t get used to on consoles. The game pricing. Hence I only have three original 1st purchase games, the rest are all second hand/bargain bins.

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  16. brad coetzee

    March 3, 2014 at 11:34

    Good thing theres stil a crap ton ofgames I havent played on PS2 and 360.

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    • melodicmizery

      March 3, 2014 at 13:08

      thats for sure. i have a ps4 and ps3 and im not buying ps4 stuff until theres something that really really looks great which wont be for a while. otherwise its used ps3 games for me. ive never had a xbox so when the consoles and stuff get way out of control i know i can get a xbox360 and have tons of used games for cheap to fall back on when i wanna go that route instead of these ridiculous prices and gouging they are going to be pulling in next gen.

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 4, 2014 at 07:33

      Amen

      Reply

  17. LAblak22

    March 3, 2014 at 11:36

    Well if they’d censor The Stick of Truth, those crazy French bastards would do anything. We need to stop them. We need to take them down. We need… Well, anyone, they’re French; they’ll give up immediately.

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  18. Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

    March 3, 2014 at 11:44

    • LAblak22

      March 3, 2014 at 11:49

      Ukraine, bro? Big boy don’t krai — but gamers: don’t give a shit about political issues unless it affects their games.

      Reply

      • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

        March 3, 2014 at 11:53

        Lol, but as far as I understand this could affect the world economy which in turns affect our game prices 😛

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        • LAblak22

          March 3, 2014 at 12:21

  19. CrasH

    March 3, 2014 at 11:47

    And then they say that piracy is killing the industry… when idiotic prices like this is in my opinion the main drive towards it.
    PS4 and Xbox1 should offer refund to people who bough their units as its clear that they dont care about protecting there customers against publishers who want to exploit their user base.

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  20. El Capitan del Blade

    March 3, 2014 at 11:55

    So, I’ll say this again…

    You Can Build a decent PC for the same price as a PS4…. And the games are cheaper, even at launch. If you really want that console experience, Plug in a PS3 or Xbox360 controller, and run Steam in Big picture mode (you can even set it to auto launch on start-up) There is NO reason to play on console in this country with the ridiculous Game prices.

    Oh and you CAN add non-steam games into your Steam Library… so you don’t even need to ONLY buy on steam…

    ONLY buy a console, if you NEED to play Exclusives….

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 4, 2014 at 07:31

      There is one reason being PS+ and like you said exclusives. Also this is a day one price and will come down like the XBOX Ones price if no one buys it. Plus believe it or not they have specials every month. Like I said above Dead Space 3 is going for R70

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  21. Devourer of Small Bunnies

    March 3, 2014 at 12:01

    MOAR NEXT GEN PLEASE #trololol

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  22. ToshZA

    March 3, 2014 at 12:07

    R1k for a game. Not on your life. Not now, not ever. Go fuck yourself Ubisoft.

    Reply

  23. Rock789

    March 3, 2014 at 12:33

    **click**

    **gunshot**

    Reply

  24. melodicmizery

    March 3, 2014 at 12:38

    it prob was true those greedy fks. i know i say this every post but you give them a inch they stretch it a mile.to all those people who said they dont use the cd player anyways, this is why them getting rid of the cd player in the ps4 to make us use music unlimited is a big deal. welcome to double priced games

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  25. Gustav Willem Diedericks

    March 3, 2014 at 12:44

    If this what the prices will be from now on it’s Steam sales for me or a new hobby.

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  26. Drizzt

    March 3, 2014 at 13:28

    Season Pass, Extra DLC and Micro transactions for the game still pending?

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  27. Guava_Eater

    March 3, 2014 at 13:52

    With prices like that they have no right to complain about piracy.

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  28. CypherGate

    March 3, 2014 at 16:15

    Hmmm… the crew or food for the month…. im taking food for the month!

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 4, 2014 at 07:28

      Or peruse the PS store for specials. Dead Space 3 is going for R70 last I checked.

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  29. DaxterZA

    March 3, 2014 at 21:24

    As a die hard console gamer I have to say that the prices of these game are getting absolutely ridiculous! Walked into a leading “rather not say their name” games shop today and saw that Thief for PS3 is R800 and for PS4 its R850. That is an insane amount of money for the average South African to spend on a game!

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 4, 2014 at 07:27

      Preordered the new infamous for R795. Madness, I tell you.

      Reply

  30. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 4, 2014 at 09:32

    My wallet says “No”.

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  31. Maxiviper117

    March 4, 2014 at 14:48

    Jeez like, it costs me less to enjoy my hobby of riding dirtbikes, fuel costs and maintaining my bike a every few months than these ridiculous prices.

    Reply

  32. Willem Swanepoel

    March 5, 2014 at 07:34

    at least the porn industry is not that expensive so you can watch your TV with your console.

    So it is not that useless 😉

    I mean what is the point to buy a console if you cannot afford to buy the games.

    Reply

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