Is Record Of Agarest War A Litmus PSN Pricing Test?
The game itself isn't necessarily big news; the fact that it's only available on the PlayStation Network with a lofty price tag...well, that could be an interesting little test.
Okay, first- the Xbox 360 version of Record of Agarest War, the very revealing and awfully titillating RPG, has already shipped to retailers. It's a regular physical disc, obviously. However, PS3 owners will only have the option of downloading the game on the PSN; there will be no Blu-Ray disc available at the stores. But because it's a full-production game, the price will be $44.99, which is actually $15 less than the $60 360 version, so that's a bonus. But we've noticed that people tend to set their own limits on PSN spending and it may not matter that Record of Agarest War is a full game. Thing is, we're not yet to the point where all games have to be purchased digitally; when gamers have a choice in the matter, and they have to pay out a significant chunk of change, are they more likely to simply get the physical media? And if there is no option for a disc and box, will they simply shrug their shoulders and go, "eh, it's the same thing"? There's very little on the PSN that even comes close to this price tag so, full game or not, it's going to appear a little out of place and some are gonna be confused.
So is the lack of an actual disc enough to make you download the game? It may appear high for the PSN but clearly, it's actually cheaper than the competition. The question is whether people would rather have something physical and tangible when it comes to higher prices.
Related Game(s): Record of Agarest War
4/28/2010 10:26:20 AM Ben Dutka