Electronic Arts has become the latest major game company, beginning to charge more than $10 for next-generation games. As part of Madden NFL 21's larger next-generation coverage, the publisher announced the "NXT LVL" version of PS5 and Xbox Series X games, priced at $70. Both versions support the trading of Madden 21 Coins.
Specifically, the NXT LVL version is a standalone version of Madden 21 for PS5 and Xbox Series X. Anyone who buys games for PS4 and Xbox One can get the next generation of improvements, many of which do not need to be paid. The only problem is that you need to complete the upgrade when Madden NFL 22 is released in 2021. This version can actually be used as the previous or next generation version of the game, and the price is cheaper than the next generation. Version only.
The NXT LVL version, priced at $70, is aimed at people who are buying Madden 21 on a new generation of game consoles for the first time.
"Madden NFL 21" will be launched on December 4th for PS5 and Xbox Series X. That day is the day when FIFA 21 will be released on the next-generation consoles, but it is unclear whether the game will also be released as a standalone version for PS5 and Xbox Series X, or if it costs another $10.
In early November, EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen hinted at the price increase of its next-generation games, saying that higher prices may be needed to compensate for the increase in development costs. Sony and Take-Two are the other two major publishers close behind.
"We keep saying that games are becoming more and more expensive. The experience is getting deeper and deeper. People are playing games for longer and longer. Someone might say that over time, the price may be higher, but we will solve this The problem. We will be closer to more games transitioning into the next generation console," Jorgensen said in early November, before the PS5 and Xbox Series X releases.
Jorgensen is not the first game executive to point out that game development costs have increased, so consumers may Buy Madden 21 Coins. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick defended the $70 price point of NBA 2K21, saying: "The most important thing is that we have not seen first-line price increases for nearly 15 years, and production costs have increased by 200% to 300%."