The upcoming next-gen version of NBA 2K21 will cost $ 10 more than the implementation for current consoles. Does this indicate a new standard for the next few years? Only recently has the high cost of games to switch between generations been discussed. There will be no free upgrade for the standard version of 2K21. For this, players have to buy the more expensive Mamba Forever Edition.
Publisher 2K Games offers NBA 2K21 on the official website for pre-order. While the PS4 and Xbox One version will be offered for $ 59.99, players will have to pay $ 69.99 for the next-gen implementation. So the version for PS5 and Xbox Series X is $ 10 more expensive than that of the current generation.
Source: 2K Games
The question now is whether this is a first indication that we will have to pay more for games on PS5 and Xbox Series X in the future. Just a few days ago, former Sony executive Shawn Layden commented on the cost of current games. Accordingly, each new generation should also mean significantly higher costs for a developer studio. A suggestion from Shawn Layden was that games might get a little shorter in the future.
According to publisher 2K Games, the next-gen version of NBA 2K21 was developed for PS5 and Xbox Series X right from the start. In addition to improved optics, the creators promise fast loading times, new features and game modes. However, there will be no free next-gen update for buyers of the standard version on PS4 and Xbox One. Only those who opt for the 2K21: Mamba Forever Edition will later receive an upgrade to PS5 or Xbox Series X. With this, 2K Games uses a different strategy than studios like CD Projekt Red, Square Enix or EA, for titles like Cyberpunk 2077 , Marvel's Avengers or the sports games from EA Sports have promised free upgrades. The 2K21: Mamba Forever Edition will cost $ 99.
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