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God-of-War director Cory Barlog advocates a price increase for next-gen games. In return, he also expects microtransactions to become a little less again. Each new generation should almost double the cost of a video game. First publishers have already indicated price increases for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

In recent days, there has been increasing discussion about a price increase for upcoming games on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It started with publisher 2K, who is asking for $ 10 more for the next-gen version of NBA 2K21 for the first time. Now Cory Barlog has also commented on the topic on Twitter. Barlog is known among other things as a director for the 2018 God of War. You can find the tweet below.

Accordingly, Cory Barlog is also for an increase in prices. In return, the director also wishes that games will be less likely to be equipped with additional microtransactions in the future. But not only Cory Barlog, but former Sony chairman Shawn Layden also spoke at a conference about a price increase for next-gen games. Studies have shown that the cost of a game almost doubles with each new generation. Since the release of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 over ten years ago, the price of video games in retail has remained the same. An increase is therefore not so unlikely.

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During his conversation, Shawn Layden also made some suggestions as to how studios can plan their investments for a new project more safely in the future. The focus is primarily on the length of the AAA titles from the past few months. Games are getting longer – which of course also affects development time. Shawn Layden therefore wants shorter AAA titles again, which could then appear faster in stores. What is your opinion on higher game prices?

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