Video games are expensive to make, and with the advancement of technology, it’s looking like they’re only going to get more expensive.
It’s no surprise that 2K Games has revealed that NBA 2K21 will cost $69/£65 on next-gen platforms, 2K also confirmed the increase in a press release, laying out that the Xbox Series X and PS5 versions of its upcoming basketball title will demand a $10 premium over the current-gen versions.
To make matters worse, NBA 2K21 won’t support Xbox Smart Delivery or whatever counterpart Sony has. That means you won’t be able to pay for the Xbox One or PS4 edition when they release on September 4 and then get the next-gen version free of charge sometime during the “holiday season” when those eventually come out.
Rather, there’s a separate version of NBA 2K21 for players who want the game across both generations: the Mamba Forever Edition, which, as you might guess by the name, which costs $99, and grants you access to current- and next-gen versions of the game within the same platform family.
So, NBA 2K21 is not only going to be $10 more expensive than any modern game, but it’s also going to be more expensive to play across generations, and this is a pretty sour taste as major titles such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Cyberpunk 2077 are already confirmed to support free next-gen upgrades, a troubling trend could emerge if more publishers decide to go the route of 2K.
And in terms of that price tag, it’s not clear if this will be the standard going forward for certain publishers, or the new normal across the industry. When prices hiked to $60 with the Xbox 360’s release, that quickly became the new normal.